One of the most all-time successful supermodels, Linda Evangelista, announced in a September 2021, Instagram post that she was “brutally disfigured” and harm caused by Coolsculpting treatments she underwent in 2015 and 2016. She wrote, “to my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers’ careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s Coolsculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised.”
The supermodel said she suffered from a rare side effect called PAH, paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, caused by Coolsculpting’s cryolipolysis technology. PAH causes a production of increased fat in the treatment area(s), rather than the intended reduction of fat.
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Ms. Evangelista said “PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression…and in the process I have become a recluse.”
The supermodel filed a lawsuit in a New York federal court against Zeltiq (Coolsculpting manufacturer) for negligence, misleading advertising and alleging that the company failed to warn customers of the possible side effects. The lawsuit alleged she underwent multiple Coolsculpting treatments in 2015 and 2016 to reduce fat on her thighs, abdomen, back, flanks, and chin. She has since undergone corrective procedures in an attempt to remedy the PAH, all of which have been unsuccessful.
She says she is no longer employable as a model and has not earned anything since 2016. She is seeking $50 million in damages, for loss of income and emotional distress.
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