The aesthetic treatment that has caused depression to the ex-model Linda Evangelista


Marta Benayas Alamos



If there is a figure that has marked a before and after in the world of catwalks, that is Linda Evangelista, one of the supermodels of the 90s who, along with a generation of beauties like Claudia Schiffer or Naomi Campbell, contributed to the change in the conception of mannequins with campaigns that are still current today.

Unlike her colleagues who are still active and very present in the ‘fashion weeks’, she has been missing for a while for no apparent reason until, just a few hours ago and after the publication on Instagram, she explained the reasons for their absence. His post with the confession and 70,000 ‘likes’ and thousands of comments and samples of support from friends of the profession such as Kate Moss o Carolyn Murphy, as well as numerous designers and photographers.

The model reveals that she underwent a process of cryolipolysis whose results have left her, as she herself recounts, unrecognizable, also plunging her into a deep depression. “Today I am taking a big step correcting a damage that I have suffered and that I have been keeping to myself for five years,” began her message on the networks.

«To all my followers, who have wondered why I have not worked while the careers of my colleagues have been on the rise, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by the procedure CoolSculpting de Zeltiq, which did the opposite of what was promised. Increased, not decreased, my fat cells and permanently deformed me, even after going through two very painful corrective surgeries without success. They have left me, as the press has described, ‘unrecognizable’ “, adds the extop.

He goes on to say that, before undergoing such intervention, no one warned him of the risks he could take and that, unfortunately, they have ended up making him develop paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. “The PAH – that’s the acronym in English – has not only destroyed my way of making a living, but it has made me fall into a wheel of deep depression, deep sadness and the lowest depths of self-loathing,” he detailed . “In the process, I have become a hermit. With this demand, I step forward to free myself from shame, and to go public with my story. I am very tired of living this way. I would love to walk out the door with my head held high, even though I no longer look like myself, “she admits.

The “pros” and “cons” of aesthetic treatment

Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive intervention that usually does not present adverse effects and whose recovery is easier than other types of aesthetic operations that involve entering an operating room. In fact, according to the official magazine of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, what has happened to the famous model is usually a very rare complication. In addition, this process provides a lot of peace of mind to the patient among other things because it has approval from the US drug agency (FDA).

Cryolipolysis is focused on remove accumulations of fat in certain areas by applying cold, to about five degrees below zero, in a controlled and selective way, freezing the adipocyte and causing it to be subsequently eliminated with the urine, explains the expert Esther López to Estilo, owner of the Ali D’Aria beauty center.

«We distinguish two types of cryolipolysis, aesthetic and medical, the latter being more powerful. A maximum of three a year can be done from a cryo-doctor in the same area, waiting at least 45 days between sessions so that the body has time to recover. Recovery is fairly straightforward and most patients are very satisfied with the results. During the 24 or 48 hours afterwards, you should not ingest carbohydrates, sugars or alcohol and do not exercise. But after this process, the more active the lifestyle, the better; This will facilitate the elimination of fat, without forgetting a balanced diet “, adds the specialist.

López points out that “the biggest problems we have seen have been that a good quality membrane has not been applied and that is why the patient has been burned. In Linda’s case, it is difficult to know with certainty what has happened, but in certain cases, when a person undergoes an intervention, however slight, it is the patient’s own idiosyncrasy that makes it not go well and that may be for many factors, from the way you heal to your own hormones.

However, there are already studies that speak of the paradoxical adipose hyperplasia to which the model refers as a consequence of the aesthetic procedure. It involves the generation of a hardened area of ​​localized fat that develops after cryolipolysis.

According to an investigation by Miami Plastic Surgery in the USA, this complication may not be so rare, although the report assures that can be treated with liposuction.

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