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The Benefits and Risks of Waist Cinchers

What’s a waist cincher?
A waist cincher is a compression undergarment which is designed for everyday use. It focuses solely on the waist and not the whole midriff section. It has a special structure with compression panels and sometimes flexible plastic boning to pull the body in and create the much-desired hourglass silhouette. You can wear it under work attire, weekend outfits and any other clothes you’d normally wear.

I have a defined waist but would like to highlight these curves a bit more. What waist cincher should I choose?
Your best bet will be a non-boned cincher. What it does is just a relaxed light cinch in the waist which accentuates natural curves. You can also expect this part of your body to be smoothed out a bit. Non-boned cinchers are flexible and usually give you more mobility than plastic boned waist cinchers. Wear it under everyday outfits for more definition but note that they won’t hold shape or transform the body considerably should this be your intention.

Waist cinchers can give a beautiful shape to your waist but are these results permanent?
No, the effects are not permanent although you can expect your muscles to remember and hold the shape for a short time. Even continuous wearing will not transform the body for good, and you can expect your body to retain its natural shape when you stop wearing a waist cincher. But don’t fret! If cared for properly, a waist cincher can last a long life and give you the definition you need on numerous occasions.

What effects can you expect from a plastic boned cincher?
Waist cinchers with plastic boning provide moderate cinch and reshaping of the body. This is usually enough to fit into a body-hugging bodycon dress. You can expect a reduction of 1 to 2 inches in circumference, but this effect will not last for more than just a few hours. With time the plastic gets heated due to the direct contact with the body and becomes malleable. The increase in temperature results in the boning losing some of its shape and firm hold. Plastic-boned cinchers are perfect for light use, but not on formal occasions when you want to rely on your shapewear for an extended period of time.

What’s a postpartum belt?
Postpartum cinchers, also known as belly belts or belly wraps, are usually wide and elastic bands with adjustable velcro or hook-and-eye fastening. They cover the midriff, normally from the ribs down to the hips, providing good support to strained muscles and tissues after childbirth. There are also more structured designs which contain three separate belts for the abdomen, waist, and pelvis making the healing process much more effective. Look for comfortable designs made of lightweight, breathable and stretchable materials that are easy to care. Perfect after childbirth, C-sections or abdominal surgery.

Are waist trainers dangerous for your health?
It all depends on how you wear them and for how long. A certain amount of discomfort is definitely a part of the waist training process. Sometimes it can be hard to breathe (anyone who’s ever worn a corset, any type of compression belts or girdles will confirm) and the undergarment can also compress your bladder, lungs or kidneys. Make sure you choose the right size and don’t be tempted to go down a size when shopping for it – you’ll feel light-headed, to say the least.

Do neoprene waist belts work? What effects can one expect?
Neoprene compression belts provide high compression and firm control to the abdominal area. The fabric they’re made of facilitates sweating while physical workouts, so what you can expect is an accelerated weight loss and even detoxication. Special construction and technologically advanced fabric also keep your muscles warm and well-supported and often prevent post-workout fatigue and injuries. Fitted with adjustable fastenings, a velcro tape or hook-and-eye closure, neoprene waist belts can be relied on during a vigorous training.

How’s a corset different from a waist cincher?
A corset is a particular type of shapewear designed to provide maximum shape and support to the waist. They’re usually constructed with steel boning which adds to the rigidness and firm structure of the undergarment. Unlike waist cinchers, corsets provide much more compression and produce the most dramatic and desired hourglass effect. They can be used not only for waist training but also weight loss, tummy control or back and lumbar support. Designed from various fabrics, corsets can be worn either under everyday clothes or as a decorative garment in the outfit.

I have a full bust and wearing a waist cincher is often quite uncomfortable for me. Any tips?
Waist cinchers might feel uncomfortable under full and heavy busts. Instead of a typical waist cincher, opt for a vest-like version which provides a better support and lift for the bust at the same time. Adjustable straps will help you ensure the best fit.

I’d like to drop a few inches in the waist. What should I take into account while shopping for a waist cincher?
A reduction of a few inches is a challenge and it’ll take some time. Make sure you choose a garment with three rows of hook-and-eye closure as you’ll be able to use it for a longer time before sizing down. It should also be made of good quality materials if you plan to use it on a regular basis. Shapewear is supposed to be washed just as often as underwear, and as it contains delicate elastic fibers, it’s prone to damage during improper and frequent washing. The most durable garments are fitted with steel boning, so if you intend to lose weight and shape your body significantly, such corsets are definitely your best bet.

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