How Does a Waist Cincher Work?

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How Does a Waist Cincher Work?
(Robin L. Jessie-Green)


Waist cinchers minimise waistlines by drawing the stomach and sides of the body inward. They are a quick fix for hiding body parts that may not look appealing under clothing. By compartmentalising the excess fat and skin surrounding the abdomen, a waist cincher creates a smoother, more defined and slender appearance for its wearer. This body-shaping undergarment not only whittles the middle, but also eliminates the appearance of back fat and aids in correcting poor posture.

What Happens

Waist cinchers compress the internal organs while drawing the external fat and skin in. The strong pressure combats any resistance from the body and keeps the excess flesh within a certain restrictive frame. Those with orthopaedic design help support the spine and by pushing in the stomach, help to alleviate strain belly bulge may cause on back muscles.


Created with strong fabrics like polyester, spandex, nylon, elastane, Hevea latex and Lycra, a waist cincher firmly compresses the body to reshape it in a manner, which reveals an hourglass figure. Flexible boning made of metal or plastic strips sewn inside the garment help to keep its shape "memory" and taper the sides inward. The amount of control the waist cincher provides varies, depending upon the blend and density of fabrics used. A light control waist cincher can be used if a slight bulge is present that requires gentle smoothing under clothing.


For someone in need of a heavy-duty shaping undergarment with a stronger capacity, a more restrictive waist cincher may be in order. Serious compression waist cinchers, such as a Vedette Lingerie style garment, "sculpt and enhance the feminine form" so intensely that instructions suggest a gradual increase of time spent wearing the shaper. This is because the body may need time to adjust to the restriction and grow accustomed to the feel before being comfortable.


With prolonged use, a waist cincher with a strong hold may permanently alter its wearer's figure. The shape of the waistline, sides and abdominal area can be reshaped in accordance with the structure of the waist cincher. Although waist cinchers can act as waist trainers, the effects can be safer and more desirable when the garments are worn in a size most comfortable for the wearer. Additionally, the wearer should use the shape wear in conjunction with eating a healthy diet and incorporating an exercise program to eliminate excess fat. Improperly sized waist cinchers can cause pain, fainting and possible serious damage to a person's body.

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