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“I used to love being on the catwalk. Now I’m scared to run into someone I know.”
Here’s how supermodel Linda Evangelista says she feels about the negative results she’s experiencing from a cosmetic treatment that had a rare adverse effect on her body.
The 56-year-old Canadian posed for a magazine cover for the first time, Peopleand told about the personal trauma caused by the cool sculpting for reduce body fat which he underwent at the end of 2015.
But now she’s a bit better, she explains in the post: “I can’t live like this anymore, hide and shame. I just couldn’t live with this pain anymore. I’m willing to talk.”
In September 2021, Evangelista explained via Instagram that she had withdrawn from public life due to the treatment that left her “permanently deformed”†
The cryolipolysis treatment increased, rather than decreased, her fat cells, a rare side effect.
That and two failed corrective surgeries set off “a cycle of major depression,” he explained a few months ago.
But now he’s looking for a way “love each other again”†
“What the hell is this?”
on the cover of Peoplethe famous model appears in a low angle, with sweaters covering her torso and a serious face looking at the camera.
But on the inside pages, she poses in a T-shirt that reveals the side of her torso and the effects of the paradoxical fat hyperplasia (PAH)the medical term for this problem.
The disease manifests itself with bumps that harden and causing the body to lose sensitivity.
Evangelista explains that at first she thought she was doing “something wrong” by not seeing the results she expected in her chin, thighs and chest.
So he doubled down on the diet to the point of “eating nothing.”
When she saw no results, a doctor diagnosed her with PAH, a side effect that: it affects a less than 1% of those who undergo cryolipolysis and that there is no cure.
“I said, ‘What the hell is that?’ They told me that no amount of diet and exercise would ever solve it.”
That happened between 2015 and 2016.
“I couldn’t put on a dress without wearing a belt because it would chafe to the point of bleeding. Because it’s not like soft fat rubbing against you, it’s hard fat,” she told People.
“I don’t think designers want to dress me like that,” she says as she shows off her sequels. For her the supermodel Linda Evangelista does not exist anymore†
take away the shame
Time has calmed Evangelista and now he believes opening up to the public is one way to solve the problem.
I will keep sharing my experience to take away my shame, to learn to love myself again and being able to help others do that,” he says.
However, he acknowledges that it is a process that takes time. “I don’t look at myself in the mirror. It’s not me,” he confesses.
Now the “necessity” of many people to adjust their bodies is being questioned: “I always knew I would get older. And I know there are things that a body goes through, but I never thought I would would look like this.”
On the other hand, the former supermodel is in a legal battle with Zeltiq, the beauty company that conducted the procedure, arguing that neither the “aggressive” publicity about cool sculpting until recently, their website also did not mention the risks of PAH.
The company declined to comment on the case as it is in the middle of a lawsuit.
The model is demanding $50 million in compensation.
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