How Linda Evangelista’s looks changed as supermodel claims she’s been left ‘deformed’ by cosmetic treatment

SUPERMODEL Linda Evangelista has undergone a dramatic transformation after claiming a cosmetic procedure left her 'disfigured'.

The 56-year-old opened up on social media about the rare side effects that she suffered after undergoing the cosmetic procedure five years ago.

The 5′ 10″ model made headlines after taking to social media to talk to fans about claims of being 'permanently disfigured' and blaming it on the cosmetic procedure, CoolSculpting.

Linda was best known in the 90s as one of the world's six supermodels – including Naomi, Cindy, Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Kate Moss.

She got into modelling at the age of 16 after taking part in the Miss Teen Niagara beauty pageant where she was talent spotted.

Linda dominated the catwalk becoming one of the most famous people for her distinct cheekbones and striking blue eyes.

Rising to fame in the late 80s she dramatically cut off her hair which was not well received by the fashion industry, but eventually became known as 'The Linda' and a worldwide fashion trend.

She famously penned the quote, "we don't wake up for less than $10,000 a day" and has graced more than 700 magazine covers.

The mum-of-one made her return to modelling in 2001 after a brief hiatus and appeared on the cover of Vogue of 2006 while pregnant with her son, Augustin.

Linda continued to model and surprised many with her different look on the 2015 Met Gala red carpet.

But it wasn't until 2017 when pictures emerged of her looking 'unrecognisable' and which she today revealed was the result of an alleged botched cosmetic procedure.

She has since undergone corrective surgeries to fix the procedure but said the ordeal made her a recluse.

The supermodel rarely posts current photos of herself to her Instagram, and if she does her face is obscured or heavily filtered.

Linda explained her absence from the spotlight on Wednesday as she took to her Instagram page to detail her horrific ordeal.

The 90s icon blamed her recent "reclusive" behaviour on the fat-reducing procedure that left her "disfigured".

Linda revealed she had undergone CoolSculpting in an attempt to "decrease" her fat cells – but it ended up "increasing" fat production instead.

She explained she is now seeking legal action after developing paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, a rare side effect of cryolipolysis.

The adverse effect has been reported in only 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures that have been performed wordwide.

CoolSculpting is a brand name for the well known cosmetic procedure that is designed to tone muscles and eliminate fat.

The method used during the procedure is called cryolipolysis and was developed by scientists after studying what happens to fat during frostbite.

According to WebMD, the procedure involves freezing fat and a higher temperature than skin then cooling it to a temperature that will destroy it leaving the skin and surrounding tissues unharmed.

Doctors end up leaving the paddles on your skin for 35 to 90 minutes in which 20%-25% of the targeted fat cells are then destroyed.

While it might sound like a quick thing, results may not show for a few months and it is not recommended for weight loss and comes with many risks.

CoolSculpting however is FDA-approved.

"Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself over five years," Linda wrote in a statement.

"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.

"It did the opposite of what it promised. It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries."

"I have been left, as the media described, 'unrecognizable'," Linda added, explaining that she wasn't properly warned of the potential side effects.

"I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk of which I was not made aware before I had the procedures," the model continued.

"PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing. In the process, I have become a recluse.

"With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story. I'm so tired of living this way.

"I would like to walk out my door with my held held high, despite not looking like myself any longer."

Body sculpting involves using a device set to below freezing temperatures which is applied to fat deposits to kill the fat cells and tissue.

While the increased fat deposits aren't harmful, they also don't go away on their own over time and will require further surgery to remove.

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