Supermodel and 90s icon Linda Evangelista recently revealed that a cosmetic procedure has left her ‘disformed’. So, what actually is the fat-reducing procedure CoolSculpting and how does it work?

The 56-year-old penned a lengthy post on Instagram about her experience with CoolSculpting.

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What did Linda Evangelista post on Instagram?

90s catwalk model took to Instagram to detail her experience of the cosmetic procedure, CoolScultping.

Evangelista 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.”

She later went on to say: “I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia … (it) 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.”

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What is CoolScultping?

Using controlled cooling, the CoolSculpting procedure is designed to remove fat from ‘stubborn’ areas in a way that dieting or exercising cannot.

Through medical cryolipolysis, the idea is that controlled freezing will essentially cool the fat cells until they eventually crystalize and ‘die’.

As per this source, most CoolSculpting procedures take around an hour and there is usually no recovery time because there is no damage to the skin or tissue.

The procedure is thought to be relatively safe and effective, but is of course also reliant on the client’s diet and lifestyle following CoolSculpting.

A 2015 review published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal that looked at 16 studies, reported that people had an average fat reduction of 19.55 percent.

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Peers support the model

Following Evangelista’s IG post, many of her peers came forward in support.

Model Tatjana Patitz wrote: “Thank you for sharing and you will always and forever be the icon that you are no matter what! You are so loved 🥰 ❤️❤️❤️”

Likewise, Cindy Crawford said: “Linda—your strength and true essence are forever recognizable and iconic! Bravo!”

Actress January Jones also showed her support: “Love that you’re reclaiming your story. This strength and bravery supersedes any superficial outward appearance. An icon is an icon is an icon. Always.”

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