Linda Evangelista says she was left 'deformed' by cosmetic procedure

Supermodel Linda Evangelista has said she has been left "permanently deformed" thanks to an adverse reaction to a fat reduction procedure.

Linda Evangelista

The 56-year-old revealed she had experienced a rare cosmetic side effect of the treatment five years ago which actually increased her fat cells.

"I are left, because the media has described, 'unrecognisable'," she told her 900,000 Instagram followers.

Evangelista explained it had been the rationale she'd disappeared from the general public eye.

The Canadian model went on to mention she had undergone "two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries" after the slimming procedure - also referred to as body contouring - had had the other effect.

"To my followers who have wondered why I even have not been working while my peers' careers are thriving, the rationale is that i used to be brutally disfigured by... [a procedure] which did the other of what it promised," Evangelista explained.

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image captionEvangelista posed for photographers as she walked the red carpet at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival

She said the side effect she experienced "has not only destroyed my livelihood, it's sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness and therefore the lowest depths of self-loathing. within the process I even have become a recluse."

In her social media post, the star said she wanted to inform her story publicly so as to maneuver on together with her life, and suggested she would be suing the corporate she said was responsible.

The company which Evangelista claims to possess used has not yet skilled the BBC's request for comment.

"I'm so uninterested in living this manner ," she continued. "I would really like to steer out my door with my head held high, despite not looking like myself any more ."

The non-surgical procedure, which has grown in popularity in recent years, uses cold temperatures to scale back fat deposits in certain areas of the body.

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image captionLeft to right: Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington pictured in 1989

Describing the "very rare but serious side effect" she had experienced, Evangelista said it "means the fat cells within the treatment site grow larger instead of smaller", adding: "It's not fully understood why this happens ."

Evangelista rose to fame within the 1990s together of a gaggle of emerging supermodels, gracing high-end catwalks round the world and therefore the cover of leading fashion magazine Vogue.

She also appeared during a George Michael music video alongside Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington.

The model has kept a coffee profile in recent years, rarely posting new images of herself on social media.

In the few pictures she has posted, her face is usually partially obscured by a headband or hat.

Stars including Gwyneth Paltrow and stylist Karla Welch showed their support within the comments underneath Evangelista's post, as did designers Jeremy Scott and Brandon Maxwell.

"You are and always are going to be a supermodel, now adding super model of courage to your glorious resume," wrote Scott, while Paltrow posted a red love heart emoji.

Maxwell posted: "I have always recognised you as someone who was physically beautiful, yes, but more importantly you actually shone bright from within... In your darkest moments may you always remember the sunshine you've got sparked in numerous , and still ."

Fellow model Karen Elson said: "Sweet Linda. i really like you dearly, you're so brave and wonderful."

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