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Is It Possible to Reshape Your Body Permanently with Shapewear?

A lot of women wear shapewear underneath their clothing. Even Kim Kardashian claims to wear two pairs of Spanx with some outfits. The popularity of shapewear has skyrocketed since Kim Kardashian launched her own line, Skims, opening the door to a whole new demographic exploring how shapewear enhances their bodies.

But can shapewear reshape your body permanently? It is an unequivocal no.

The purpose of shapewear is to instantly slim you down and smooth out bulges under your clothing. Shapers create a smooth foundation beneath other garments by providing a firm but a thin layer of compression. It can help to eliminate the appearance of common trouble areas, like love handles, belly pooch, bulges, and so on.

But is shapewear truly beneficial for the body in the long run?

In this article, we find out.

Why do People Wear Shapewear?

What do you think about when you hear the word "shapewear"? The majority of people would consider shapewear to be an accessory you wear on special nights, but that's not the only purpose shapewear has these days.

During our aging process, our body undergoes changes. It's quite natural for this to happen. Shapewear for women supports the body and alters the overall look for different outfits. By wearing shapewear, you can smooth things out and prevent your underwear from snagging on your clothing.

Shapewear is increasingly being used by people to achieve a shapelier appearance that they have always desired, whether it is to contour their bodies or hold certain parts of their bodies in place.


Can Shapewear permanently change my shape?

Since the 1600s, women have used all kinds of underwear to enhance their curves. Corsets with tight lacing might have accentuated hourglass figures, but they caused serious health problems as well. When a corset was worn, airflow to the lungs was restricted, which resulted in poor digestion, muscle atrophy and even permanently relocate organs.

Shapewear today does not permanently narrow your ribcage or relocate your organs, unlike Victorian-era corsets.

It is not to say that shapewear, such as SPANX® or the latest Skims by Kim Kardashian and many others can't be taken to extremes that cause some health problems. When it comes to smoothing out your figure temporarily, shapewear might be your best friend. Wearing it every day, however, doesn't make it a good idea.

Here are 5 Things Your Shapewear is Doing to Your Body:

1. It Causes Acid Reflux

It can be difficult to breathe deeply while wearing shapewear, let alone eat a regular meal while wearing it for an extended period.

Putting too much pressure on your body can squeeze your abdomen, causing abdominal pain. This may also aggravate gastroesophageal reflux disease or cause acid reflux. Shapewear that is too tight may compress the stomach and prevent its contents from passing properly, forcing them back up into the esophagus instead.

2. It Compresses Your Organs

Shapewear cannot do its job if it's not tight. As a result, your stomach, intestines, and colon become compressed, causing acid reflux and heartburn. It is also possible to develop erosive esophagitis as a result of restricted clothing.

Digestive tracts are also affected. A compressed intestine stifles digestion when it is compressed over a long period of time.


3. It can Worsen Irritable Bowel Syndrome

People who suffer from pre-existing stomach problems, such as acid reflux or irritable bowel syndrome, can be adversely affected by shapewear. When worn on a daily basis, there may be some very real health risks associated with it.


4. Your Circulation Might be Decreased

Shapewear doesn't just affect your stomach. Shapewear can negatively affect your legs because you are literally putting giant restrictive rubber bands around your upper thighs and tightening them as you sit.

Furthermore, experts have stated that this can result in tingling, numbness, pain, decreased circulation, blood clots, varicose veins, and lymphatic congestion in our legs.

5. Shapewear can Create an Environment Prone to Infections

Wearing shapewear can potentially lead to yeast and bacterial infections because it is occlusive, which traps moisture and anything else underneath it.

Folliculitis is the most common infection since bacteria often get trapped among hair follicles and cause red bumps filled with pus. Overweight individuals, diabetics, and individuals who sweat excessively are also at higher risk.

Where does all the fat end up?

Those who wear shapewear and those who don't have all wondered this at some point. What happens to all the fat? It is possible for fat to migrate into areas where muscles are compressed, such as the abs. It can also be directed towards more desirable locations.

Designed to funnel excess weight, shapewear can help you appear slimmer by 1 to 2 inches. Similar to pushing your hands on your belly to push in fat, excess flab is condensed.

Focusing on a Better Solution

In terms of slimming or body contouring, shapewear can be very powerful, but its results are also temporary. It would only be alarming if someone decided to wear shapewear every day, which could lead to long-term effects on the body.

With non-invasive body contouring treatments, enhancing your silhouette doesn’t have to be unpleasant or painful.

Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatment | CoolSculpting

The CoolSculpting procedure is an effective means of removing fat without invasive procedures. Fat cells are frozen using Cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting, at temperatures as low as -13°C. In the process, fat cells die, permanently removing them from the body.

The body's immune system gradually removes the destroyed fat cells over time. Despite the results taking up to three months to appear, the contoured silhouette looks more natural.

Unlike surgery, CoolSculpting does not require needles, blood, anesthesia, or surgical instruments. Fat cells are irreversibly damaged in this case, and they cannot be replaced immediately by new ones.

Instead of moving fat to a more 'desired' part of the body temporarily with shapewear, here the fat is destroyed and passed out of the body.

Fat Freezing Machine CoolSculpting

Non-Invasive Body Contouring Treatment | SculpSure

Heat energy induced by lasers is used to target fat cells with SculpSure. By using temperatures up to 47°C, fat cells in that area can be effectively destroyed. Due to the intermittent nature of the high temperatures, surrounding structures remain unaffected. The bursts of high temperatures are immediately followed by cooling periods.

Usually, the results appear after three months. As with CoolSculpting, fat cells are removed from the body over time.

Fat is also destroyed and expelled from the body as waste, as with CoolSculpting.


Shaping a Better You

Nevertheless, you shouldn't throw out the smoothing shapewear you were planning to wear to your friend's wedding. There's nothing wrong with wanting a slimmer waistline or a smoother figure, even if it's temporary?

Generally, shapewear is okay for special occasions if you're not experiencing health issues, but limit how much time you spend in it; it shouldn't be an addition to your daily wardrobe. However, if you’re looking for a more long-term solution in targeting the stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to any diet and exercise, speak to us at Ensoul Body Medical Clinic today.

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