Linda Evangelista seen without face mask after fat-freezing procedure left her permanently deformed

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Linda Evangelista is putting on a brave face after revealing all about a botched cosmetic fat-freezing procedure that left her ‘brutally disfigured.’ 

The Canadian-born supermodel, 56, was pictured in New York City on Wednesday for the first time without a face mask on, after the fashion star defiantly said she was ‘done hiding’ last week. 

Linda, who has a 15-year-old son Augustin with ex François-Henri Pinault, has rarely been seen since undergoing the paradoxical adipose hyperplasia back in 2016. 

But dressed casually in all-black loungewear, the 5′ 10″ former cover girl made no attempt to hide her appearance as she stopped by Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea Market a week after her bombshell news.  

Pictured: Linda Evangelista seen for the first time without a face mask on... after brave supermodel said she was 'done hiding' following fat-freezing procedure that left her 'permanently deformed' (Pictured on Wednesday in New York City)

Pictured: Linda Evangelista seen for the first time without a face mask on… after brave supermodel said she was ‘done hiding’ following fat-freezing procedure that left her ‘permanently deformed’ (Pictured on Wednesday in New York City) 

In her shocking interview, Linda explained she retreated from the public eye after the cosmetic procedure, designed to decrease fat cells, left her ‘permanently deformed’ when it actually made her cells increase, and bulges began to appear all over her body.

The ’90s fashion star – whose French businessman ex is now married to Salma Hayek – revealed she ‘stopped eating’ because she feared she was losing her mind when she noticed the bulges on her body. 

The outing comes after the publication of an interview Linda did with People Magazine, where she said she was ‘done hiding’ following a CoolSculpting procedure she says ‘brutally disfigured’ her.

Causal: Linda, 56, was dressed casually in all-black loungewear as she stopped by Manhattan's trendy Chelsea Market a week after her bombshell news

Heyday: Linda walks the runway at the Chanel Ready to Wear fashion show during the Spring/Summer Fashion Week on October, 1990 in Paris, France

Causal: Linda, 56, was dressed casually in all-black loungewear as she stopped by Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea Market a week after her bombshell news 

Stepping out: The star was seen running errands in NYC and dressed casually after giving a bombshell interview last week

Stepping out: The star was seen running errands in NYC and dressed casually after giving a bombshell interview last week

Brave face: The Canadian-born supermodel, 56, was pictured in New York City on Wednesday for the first time without a face mask - following the fashion star claiming she was 'done hiding'

Confession: Linda recently  explained she retreated from the public eye after the cosmetic procedure, designed to decrease fat cells, left her 'permanently deformed'

Brave face: The Canadian-born supermodel, 56, was pictured in New York City on Wednesday for the first time without a face mask – following the fashion star claiming she was ‘done hiding’

The article also saw Linda pose in her first photo shoot since revealing she had been left ‘permanently deformed’ from the rare side effects of a cosmetic procedure she underwent six years ago.

In September Linda revealed why she had retreated from the public eye when she claimed she had been ‘brutally disfigured due to a rare side effect from the fat-reducing procedure, CoolSculpting.

According to Linda, she had undergone seven sessions of the procedure to ‘decrease’ her fat cells from August 2015 to February 2016, but instead the procedure ‘increased’ her fat cells, a peril she insists she was not warned of, so is now taking legal action.

Struggle: The '90s fashion star revealed she 'stopped eating' because she feared she was losing her mind when she noticed the bulges on her body

Ordeal: Linda claims she has been left 'permanently deformed' from the rare side effects of a cosmetic procedure she underwent six years ago

Struggle: The ’90s fashion star revealed she ‘stopped eating’ because she feared she was losing her mind when she noticed the bulges on her body

Speaking to People, the Vogue icon detailed how she ‘stopped eating’ and thought she was losing her mind when bulges began to appear at her chin, thighs and bust area- and how she now ‘dreads running into someone she knows’ after decades as a catwalk sensation. She also posed for photos showing growths on her bust and legs.

She said: ‘I loved being up on the catwalk. Now I dread running into someone I know. I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn’t live in this pain any longer. I’m willing to finally speak.’

During a cryolipolysis procedure, also known as body sculpting, a device that’s usually set below freezing temperature is applied to fat deposits, which causes cell death in the fat tissue. The body can then pass the dead fat cells.

WHAT IS PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA (PAH)?

Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a rare, previously unreported adverse effect of cryolipolysis. 

Cryolipolysis uses cooling to damage and destroy subcutaneous fat cells, without damaging the skin to reduce the amount of fat in the treated area.

This phenomenon of PAH has a reported rate of incidence of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. Many physicians see numerous cases in their offices.

PAH causes a gradual enlargement of the treated area. It occurs when the stimulus (the freezing of fat cells) activates a reactionary process in the fatty tissue that thickens and expands the fat cells rather than breaking them down and allowing the body to process and remove them.

PAH is only known to occur following a cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting body contouring treatment. 

PAH typically cannot be confirmed until about 6 months post-procedure, with patients complaining that they are getting bigger in the exact shape of the applicator, as depicted below.

 SOURCE: WIFH.COM

But Linda has developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia – a rare, previously unreported adverse effect of cryolipolysis, which has been reported in of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide.

With this condition, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller, in the weeks after the procedure. It can leave a ‘painless, visibly enlarged, firm, well-demarcated mass’ underneath the skin.

Linda detailed how within three months of her treatments she noticed bulges forming on her body, with the targeted areas growing rather than shrinking – before hardening and becoming numb.

Carrying on: After saying she was 'done hiding' Linda was seen going about her daily life in New York

Carrying on: After saying she was ‘done hiding’ Linda was seen going about her daily life in New York 

No stranger to surgery: In June 2016 Linda underwent a full body liposuction procedure which she claims she paid for. She underwent liposuction again in July 2017

Transformation: Linda said she had to wear girdles, a chin strap and compression garments for eight weeks after the liposuction to prevent the PAH coming back - but said the condition did return after her second liposuction

No stranger to surgery: In June 2016 Linda underwent a full body liposuction procedure which she claims she paid for. She underwent liposuction again in July 2017

She said: ‘I tried to fix it myself, thinking I was doing something wrong. I got to where I wasn’t eating at all. I thought I was losing my mind.’

She visited her doctor in 2016 in a visit which left her ‘bawling’ and asking ‘what am I doing wrong’ before she was diagnosed with PAH and told the condition couldn’t be fixed by diet or exercise.’

She filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages. Linda claims she has been unable to work since the procedures.

Devastating: Supermodel Linda Evangelista has posed for her first photoshoot since revealing she has been left 'permanently deformed' from the rare side effects of a cosmetic procedure she underwent six years ago

Devastating: Supermodel Linda Evangelista has posed for her first photoshoot since revealing she has been left ‘permanently deformed’ from the rare side effects of a cosmetic procedure she underwent six years ago

The star claims that CoolSculpting offered to pay for liposuction for her to correct the damage caused by PAH after her doctor contacted them.

She alleges on the eve of her liposuction, Zeltiq said they would only pay for the procedure if she signed a confidentiality agreement – which she refused. Zeltiq declined to comment to People on these claims amid the current lawsuit.

Mailonline has contacted Zeltiq for comment.

In June 2016 Linda underwent a full body liposuction procedure which she claims she paid for. She underwent liposuction again in July 2017.

Linda said she had to wear girdles, a chin strap and compression garments for eight weeks after the liposuction to prevent the PAH coming back – but said the condition did return after her second liposuction.

Rare adverse effect: The interview comes five months after Linda broke her silence on her health woes with a statement

Rare adverse effect: The interview comes five months after Linda broke her silence on her health woes with a statement

The model says she can no longer bear to look in the mirror as ‘it doesn’t look like me’ and detailed the pain of chafing caused by the bulges.

She said: ‘If I walk without a girdle in a dress, I will have chafing to the point of almost bleeding. Because it’s not like soft fat rubbing, it’s like hard fat rubbing. [I can’t] put my arms flat along my side. I don’t think designers are going to want to dress me with that’ sticking out of my body.’

Linda admits her identity as ‘Linda Evangelista, supermodel’ is now ‘sort of gone’ due to the condition and she no longer recognises herself.

A CoolSculpting representative told People: ‘The procedure has been well studied with more than 100 scientific publications and more than 11 million treatments performed worldwide’. They added that rare side effects such as PAH ‘continue to be well-documented in the CoolSculpting information for patients and health care providers.’

The interview came five months after Linda broke her silence on her health woes with a statement.

LINDA’S POST-PROCEDURE TRANSFORMATION 

2019

Linda’s last appearance was on social media two years ago. Her face was largely concealed by hats in a duo of images she uploaded, with her transformed image barely-visible. 

In another image taken during a horseride, Linda wore a mask over her face, as well as a hat and sunglasses As well as keeping her face partially hidden in the images, Linda did not let any of her body be seen in the images.  

2017

Sightings of the star in 2017 saw the biggest change in her appearance fresh from undergoing the ill-fated treatment the previous year. 

She was seen in New York and Tokyo, during which she had a fuller face and seemed somewhat puffy as she was showing the aftermath of the side effects, which she has since lamented on social media. 

2016

According to her statement, Linda would have undergone the CoolSculpting in 2016. 

One of her rare sightings was in April of that year, when she was again seen in Tokyo. During the appearance, she was seen looking different to her appearances the previous year, in which she was seen looking more svelte. 

Clad in all-black, the supermodel made a low-key arrival and went make-up free for the outing. 

2015

The year before Linda underwent her CoolSculpting, the star was looking wholly more like her runway self, as she took to the red carpet at the Met Gala in May. 

In June, she was again seen on the red carpet, this time at the Fragrance Awards.  



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