Does the tummy tuck belt really work?

Are you familiar with the 3-minute program that promises a slim belly? I've been bombarded with online sponsored stories from them. Is there any scientific proof that it works?

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If we are to believe the manufacturer's FAQ on their official website, their "space age" belt requires a mere 10 minutes to jumpstart their mysterious process of fat loss. Once the process has been initiated, they claim the belt can be removed and their fat burning chain reaction will continue functioning for several hours "while you just go about your day."

And if those claims weren't remarkable enough, they also claim that their weight loss system includes no diet or exercise requirements. It supposedly reduces belly fat and achieves a slender look without any lifestyle change.

Without a clinical procedure to physically remove adipose tissue, losing belly fat requires exercise and changes to diet.

In cases where traditional fat loss via diet and exercise cannot correct sagging or bulging belly fat, liposuction or a tummy tuck can help correct these issues.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure to remove excess fat, as well as abdominal skin. The surgery results in a slimmer abdominal profile and tauter abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck can also remove lower abdominal stretch marks commonly associated with pregnancy and childbirth.

There are no elastic garments or tummy tightener creams that can achieve the same results a tummy tuck or a liposuction would. While the product does have a 30-day money back guarantee, I would recommend saving your money.

I see zero evidence that the tummy tuck belt works or that it will assist in burning fat in any way.

Dr. Frederic Corbin has 2 Tummy tuck before & afters:

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A real tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a surgical procedure which improves the contour of the abdomen. During this surgery, loose abdominal skin and excess fat are removed and in most cases, sutures are then placed to tighten the abdominal muscles and connective tissues.

Tummy tucks are one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures in the world. The procedure is invasive and performed under either general anesthesia or twilight sedation with a local anesthetic.

This so-called "tummy tuck slimming system" has nothing to do with a real tummy tuck. Savvier LP, the manufacturer of the Tummy Tuck Belt, claims that their "flexible space age" belt performs a "10 minute tummy tuck". They claim the product not only results in a slimmer profile when worn, but creates a "chain reaction" which continues to burn fat for hours after the garment has been removed.

While any elastic girdle can perform an "instant slenderizing look" there is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest any garment can result in tummy fat loss or permanent contouring of the tummy or love handles. There are no scientifically supported "fat melting creams" and their "tummy tuck 10 minute method" looks like 10 minutes of wasted time to me.

The bottom line is that if you want to lose weight, there are no shortcuts around diet and exercise. Any product which advertises weight loss with no associated diet or exercise regimen should be avoided. If you are at or close to your optimum body weight and still have loose abdominal skin or belly fat, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck or mini tummy tuck procedure.

If you are interested in exploring which surgical options may be the best for you, I suggest you contact an experienced plastic surgeon who has experience in abdominoplasty surgery.

Dr. Kimberly Henry has 2 Tummy tuck before & afters:

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The short answer is no.

The Tummy Tuck Belt advertises itself as a complete fat reduction system which "ignites a fat burning chain reaction around your midsection."

This self-proclaimed "miracle slimming system" includes an elastic belt made with "space age material" which is designed to be strapped around one's abdomen. The belt is intended for use with their thermal accelerator cream (a 30 day supply is included), which, when spread over one's belly area, supposedly achieves an instant slimming look.

There is no basis for these claims in medical science.

While it's true that any elastic slimming garment worn around the midsection can achieve an instant visible slimming effect, this manufacturer goes one step further, claiming that the fat loss effects will last even after their belt has been removed.

This looks like pure snake oil to me. There is no evidence that the Tummy tuck belt works and I see no scientific basis for any of the manufacturer's claims.

This product has nothing to do with a real surgical tummy tuck. A real tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is an invasive body-contouring surgery for those who are at or close to their optimal weight. Generally speaking, an abdominoplasty removes approximately 10 pounds of abdominal fat, while tightening abdominal muscles and improving overall body contour.

A tummy tuck is an extremely popular surgical procedure, with nearly 130,000 performed per year in the United States alone. It is a major operation which requires anywhere from one to five hours of surgery. There is no such thing as an efficacious 10 minute treatment you can perform from home.

If you are interested in reducing excess belly fat, improving your abdominal tone and posture or removing lower abdominal stretch marks, I encourage you to meet with a board-certified plastic surgeon for a free initial consultation. 

Dr. Jonathan Heistein has 1 Tummytuck before & after:

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The "Tummy Tuck Miracle Slimming System" is neither a tummy tuck nor a miracle. It is one of thousands of questionable weight loss products which offer quick fixes and have no scientific evidence whatsoever to support their claims.

I would be especially skeptical of any product which promises significant weight loss without requiring an associated diet or exercise program.

The Tummy Tuck Belt system consists of an elastic slimming garment, a two month supply of, what they claim to be, a special Thermal Accelerator Cream (which they do not identify) and an instructional video. The tummy tuck system requires users to wear the garment for 10 minutes and perform "standing abdominal contractions" for a mere two minutes in order to achieve their typical results.

While the manufacturer, Savvier LP of Van Nuys, California, claims those typical results include a "significant reduction of the fat layer after continued use," a quick read of Tummy Tuck Belt reviews on Amazon shows an unsurprisingly large number of one star reviews.

Many of the customer reviews also cite poor customer service and difficulty obtaining refunds. 
Needless to say, this product has nothing to do with an actual tummy tuck procedure which is a highly effective surgical procedure for removing abdominal fat and excess skin.

If you are interested in a less invasive procedure to reduce excess abdominal fat I encourage you to consult a plastic surgeon to discuss abdominal liposuction. If you are interested in pursuing a non-invasive alternative, you may be interested in CoolSculpting, which uses cytolysis to freeze abdominal fat cells resulting in a leaner contour.

Always remember to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for best results.

Dr. Landon Pryor has 2 Liposuction, Tummytuck before & afters:

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I’ve seen this alleged weight loss belt at stores and online. I hope they offer a money-back guarantee. The photos may look compelling but in the real world there’s very little chance a product like this could work and certainly no scientific evidence that it does. Some patients who begin wearing this belt in addition to their regular exercise regimen may notice an improvement in muscle definition, but it won’t be due to the belt. It will be due to the exercise.

Excess skin and fat or diastasis recti (separated abdominal muscles) can only be addressed through tummy tuck slimming.

The so-called “tummy tuck belt” may sound like an easy way to trim your waistline or lose belly fat without undergoing expensive and invasive surgery, but there is no scientific proof that it’s effective. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as miracle slimming. The 3-minute program you refer to won’t accomplish anything, and certainly nothing approaching the results of the tummy tuck surgical procedure.

A potentially effective alternative you might consider is Coolsculpting. This treatment freezes fat cells through cryolipolysis, which involves the use of cold suction to target several areas of the tummy. Two panels are placed on either side of the targeted area to freeze the fat. It takes about 35 minutes to treat each targeted area with the latest Coolsculpting handpieces. The dead fat cells are then naturally excreted from the body over the course of several weeks. It typically takes a couple of sessions for the full effects of the fat loss to become apparent.

Coolsculpting is most effective at removing small quantities of stubborn excess fat that won’t go away with standard lifestyle changes and traditional weight-loss strategies like diet and exercise. Not everyone is a good candidate for Coolsculpting. I suggest you speak with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to learn more about this slimming system and the results it typically delivers.

No, there is no scientific proof suggesting this tummy tuck belt works. There may be some sort of effect like a slight increase in ab strength or a flatter looking tummy beneath your clothing while you’re wearing the belt, but of course this is an optical illusion. You won’t actually lose weight or experience any fat loss with this product.

Moreover, there is no proof that similar “weight loss products” such as thermal accelerator cream, slimming garments, or any space age material works as advertised. Photos to the contrary are misleading and may just be a case of the person pictured sucking in their stomach.

If you are interested in a real tummy tightener, you will need to increase your exercise program or consider procedures such as Coolsculpting or tummy tuck.

If you have little abdominal fat but a lot of extra skin and weakened abdominal walls, you will mostly likely need abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with muscle plication. During this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision beneath the beltline and lifts tissue up to the rib cage area. He or she will then sew the rectus abdominis muscles together with sutures to flatten your abdominal area.

Tummy tuck is a highly effective procedure when performed on the right patient by a qualified surgeon. It can permanently reduce your tummy by several inches. So ignore any misleading tummy belt reviews you see online, and don’t waste your time on an imaginary alternative tummy tuck miracle that under-delivers at best.

Dr. Neil Zemmel has 5 Tummy tuck before & afters:

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Many of these promotions are nonsense.  Proper diet and exercise are necessary to achieve optimal weight, and procedures such as tummy tucks, liposuction, and coolsculpting are very effective at improving body contour for those at their optimal weight.

Dr. Gary Breslow has 16 Tummytuck before & afters:

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