Linda Evangelista Revealed Photos Of Her CoolSculpting Side Effects

Following her September 2021 Instagram post, supermodel Linda Evangelista has now revealed photos of her experience with the fat-reducing treatment CoolSculpting in a story with People magazine. Evangelista alleges a treatment five years ago on her face, bra, and thighs left her with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (also called “PH,” this is an intense overgrowth of fat), and she’s now “brutally disfigured” and “I dread running into someone I know.”

This morning, I happened to have a pre-scheduled breakfast with CoolSculpting via Zoom, where I asked them to address the news.

What luck of the draw with timing.

While CoolSculpting didn’t directly comment on the Evangelista photos, during our call, Sabrina Fabi, a board-certified dermatologist from San Diego who works with the brand, stressed that Evangelista’s reaction to Coolsculpting is incredibly rare and seen in studies at 0.033%. Fabi also noted that the experience has been widely studied for its effectiveness as a non-surgical option when it comes to fat reduction. CoolSculpting is touted by doctors as the best option for those who are wanting to reduce fat without going under the knife with procedures like liposuction.

So, is there any treatment for paradoxical adipose hyperplasia?

“[Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia] generally responds very well to traditional liposuction,” Fabi shared, adding that when she sees patients who are looking to remove fat, liposuction and CoolSculpting are the two most popular options, though the former does “not give you as much removal of the fat in the area as lipo would.”

The model has filed a lawsuit against the company for $50 million dollars in damages, and in the People article, Evangelista alleges that CoolSculpting “wanted to “make it right” and offered to pay for liposuction with a surgeon of the company’s choosing — a specialist she says they claimed to have used before — to correct the PAH damage. (Zeltiq declined to comment on Evangelista’s specific allegations, citing the pending litigation.) In her suit, Evangelista says that “on the eve” of her liposuction, she was informed that Zeltiq would cover the procedure only if she signed a confidentiality agreement. She refused and had the first of two full-body liposuction surgeries — which she says she paid for — in June 2016.” In response, the company has filed a motion to dismiss Evangelista’s suit, which is pending before the court.

We will update the story as we learn more.

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