Excess, Loose Abdominal Skin
Photo © Millicent Odunze, M.D., M.P.H.
Here we go again! Yet another late night infomercial trying to scam people out of their hard-earned cash. Last night I saw an infomercial for the Tummy Tuck Miracle Slimming System. For two payments of $19.99 and only 10 minutes a day, you supposedly can get the same results as if you undergo a tummy tuck by a plastic surgeon. Here's how it works. You apply a "fat burning" cream, called "Thermal Accelerator" to your abdomen. You then put on the "Tummy Tuck Belt" and do two minutes of standing abdominal contractions. This activates the "fat burning" effect. Then for the next eight minutes, you can go about doing your normal routine before you remove the belt.
The results can be "instantaneous" by just wearing the belt - basically a glorified girdle. In terms of fat loss, without changing your lifestyle, you can lose half an inch the first week and one inch after 30 days. If you choose to exercise, the makers claim abdominal fat loss is up to four times more than with the same exercise or diet alone. As for before and after pictures, they only show one example of each type - belt only, belt with no lifestyle change, belt with exercise.
In the commercial they claim two universities have performed studies to confirm their claims. What are the names of these two universities? We're never told! What type of studies? We're never told. How long do you have to continue using the product? We're never told. There is a "continuity program" though. They don't mention the studies or universities on the website. The only clear aspect on the website is how to enter your credit card information.
The bottom line is this - if you have excess, loose, hanging skin of your abdomen as a result of pregnancy or weight loss, applying a cream and a stretchy belt is not going to solve the problem. Removal of the excess skin with surgery is the only proven solution thus far. The tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) would be an obsolete operation if the Tummy Tuck Miracle Slimming System were all it claimed to be. So, if you are the type of person who:
- Would never have cosmetic plastic surgery under any circumstances,
- Has substantial belly fat and loose skin and believes a possible one inch decrease over a 30-day period would make you happy,
- Doesn't want to exercise,
- Doesn't want to eat a reasonable diet, and
- Has money to burn...
... then the Tummy Tuck Miracle Slimming System just may be the way to go.