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Tummy Tuck Belt: Is it a Scam?

Published on May 1, 2012 by

One of the popular products making the late-night TV and “As Seen on TV” sale sections is the Tummy Tuck Belt. While consumer reviews and results seem to vary, the device has been almost unanimously shunned by the medical community.

The makers of this product claim that it will decrease your waist line by 1/2 inch the first week and one inch every month after that without lifestyle change. This phrase catches the eye of eager consumers and sends up a red flag for medical professionals, who consider a healthy diet and active lifestyle to be crucial components of any weight loss or body contouring, including surgeries such as a tummy tuck or body lift.

Doctors Say Tummy Tuck Belt a Scam

To use the Tummy Tuck Belt, patients apply a special weight-loss cream to the affected area. A compression belt is applied and the patient performs two minutes of standing abdominal tightenings. The belt is then left on for eight minutes, after which time it may be removed. No word has been heard thus far as to whether the device will be released to treat other areas with similar conditions, possibly resulting in an arm lift belt or thigh lift belt.

Though the Internet is abuzz with those considering this new weight loss device, the buzz from doctors is anything but positive. According to the trusted and popular cosmetic surgery website RealSelf.com, this product is “a complete waste of money” and “classic quackery at its finest!” The surgeons who responded said that there is no easy fix for excess fat tissue and inelastic skin, recommending controlled diet, behavior change and surgery.

Another online review by Dr. Millicent Odunze calls this device a “glorified girdle,” and takes its marketing to task on several points. She notes that two studies are mentioned in the marketing, but are not identified or explained to the public. The other main issue that patients and medical providers have an issue with is the automatic registration for monthly weight-loss cream. Unsubscribing from this automatic service and getting your money back seem to be a particularly difficult prospect.

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