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Linda Evangelista has finally settled the $50 million CoolSculpting case she filed years after claiming the non-invasive cosmetic fat-freezing procedure left her ‘permanently disfigured’ with ‘bulges and protrusions’. “.
The 57-year-old model alleged that she was “brutally disfigured” and was unable to work after the series of “nightmarish” procedures which began from August 2015 to February 2016.
It’s unclear what Evangelista received in the settlement, or the terms negotiated between the two parties.
“I’m thrilled to have settled the CoolSculpting case,” she shared with her one million followers on Instagram on Tuesday.
“I look forward to the next chapter of my life with my friends and family, and I am happy to put this matter behind me. I am truly grateful for the support I have received from those who have reached out to me .”
LINDA EVANGELISTA RETURNS TO MODELING WITH FENDI AFTER CLAIMING FAT-FREEZING LEFT HER ‘BRUTALLY DISFIGURED’
In September of last year, Evangelista filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc., for $50 million in damages.
The FDA approved “fat freezing” procedure has become popular as a non-invasive alternative to liposuction.
Earlier this year, the track legend revealed that he was diagnosed with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH)a rare side effect that affects less than one percent of CoolSculpting patients in which the freezing process causes the affected fatty tissue to thicken and expand.
Evangelista told People magazine that within three months of the treatment, she noticed bulges on her chin, thighs and bra area that grew bigger and hardened.
MODEL LINDA EVANGELISTA SAYS SHE WAS LEFT ‘DEFORMED’ AFTER COSMETIC PROCEDURE THAT ‘DESTROYED’ HER CAREER
“[My doctor] told me that no amount of dieting and no amount of exercise was ever going to fix it,” Evangelista recalled.
A CoolSculpting representative told the outlet that the procedure “has been well-researched with over 100 scientific publications and over 11 million treatments performed worldwide” and added that rare side effects like PAH “continue to be well documented in CoolSculpting information for patients and caregivers.”
Despite a second liposuction procedure in 2017, the PAH returned and Evangelista claimed her posture was even affected.
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“It wasn’t even a little better,” she said. “Bulges are protrusions. And they’re hard. If I walk around unbelted in a dress, I’ll chafe until I almost bleed. Because it’s not like soft fat chafing, it’s like a rub of hard fat.”
Evangelista returned to the limelight last week with her first modeling job in years as the star of a Fendi campaign.
“With this and Fendi’s recent ad campaign, Linda is ready to try and move on. After literally years of hiding, she’s out,” a source told People magazine.
“She feels all the goodwill from her industry, other models and her fans, and it makes her feel loved.”
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Fox News’ Stephanie Nolasco contributed to this report.