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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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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