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Model Linda Evangelista says she was ‘brutally disfigured’ after CoolSculpting. What is it?
Model Linda Evangelista has sued the manufacturer of “CoolSculpting” – a fat-freezing device that is not yet licensed in the UK – for $5m. The model’s lawyer, Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, said the suit was made against the company CoolSculpting GP.
According to a federal district court document, Evangelista’s New York home and Toronto condo were both affected by the procedure. She alleges the suspect device has caused her “severe personal and medical injury”.
According to its website, CoolSculpting minimises fat loss in the areas most likely to result in cellulite. The firm, based in the south of France, says its clients enjoy faster, leaner and happier bodies, “preventing cellulite and other undesirable fat deposits”, following procedures that run from $2,500-$5,000.
The Daily Mail reported in July 2011 that students of this office centre had had four of the injected devices without incident. This contrasts with the US Food and Drug Administration’s report, published last month, that CoolSculpting devices had “never been specifically reviewed by an FDA-approved medical professional in a clinical trial, did not pass an independent FDA clinical study of their safety and effectiveness, and are not intended for use in the treatment of any medical condition”. This contrasts with their claim that they can “typically make patients slimline and help them reduce or eliminate cellulite”.