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After all, does a waist trainer help you lose weight? Doctor clarifies

After all, does a waist trainer help you lose weight? Doctor clarifies

After all, does a waist trainer help you lose weight? Doctor clarifies

The plastic surgeon explains what types of straps there are and when each of them should or should not be used

Many people still believe that the use slimming belt and, therefore, live with the accessory on their body, day after day. But the truth is, when it comes to weight loss, there is nothing that offers this result if not, precisely, a caloric deficit.

Second Tatiana Mouraplastic surgeon at Albert Sabin Hospital, in São Paulo, there are two different types of belts, used for different purposes: shaping belts and post-surgical belts, both used for compression, but in different ways.

“The vast majority of shaping belts have a larger frame and slightly thicker fabric with the intention of actually shaping the body, as well as sometimes a fin. They are not recommended for the post-operative period,” explains the professional.

“Surgical belts have lighter compression than form-fitting belts and are often more comfortable in fabric, without any rigid structure,” she adds.

After all, does a waist trainer help you lose weight?

“No belt makes you lose weight,” the doctor assures. “It can reduce the circumference of the silhouette, but artificially, for the understanding it provides at that moment,” he explains.

That said, the shaping belt can be used to reduce measurements, but this effect will only exist while it is still on the body. “Therefore, the shaping belt is recommended for all those who want to shape their silhouette,” emphasizes Tatiana.

The surgical belt, in turn, is indicated only in the post-surgery period, if the doctor so desires. “However, this is not a rule, because there are doctors who do not use it,” he emphasizes.

Are there any contraindications and risks in using the straps?

Tatiana warns that structured belts are definitely contraindicated for post-operative patients. “Also, pieces with very significant compression (i.e. high compression) are not recommended for patients with respiratory restrictions, who require a lot of abdominal breathing, for pregnant women, or for people with poor venous return,” she adds.

Regarding the risks, the plastic surgeon explains that, in post-operative cases, the incorrect use of straps can lead to skin necrosis due to exaggerated compression, since the vascularization of the operated area can be compromised. As for patients with respiratory restriction, the risks also include difficulty in expanding the lung base, compromising breathing.

“So you need to evaluate all these issues, such as whether the patient has an indication or contraindication to having significant abdominal compression,” warns Tatiana.

Source: Terra

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