Faja: Your Secret to a Slimmer Waist 



Mai Delacruz

Mai Delacruz
Personal Fitness Trainer & Health Coach

Updated on 5/27/2023

What is the English word for "faja"? It is a Spanish word, so how do you say it? There is no great translation for this question, but it is similar to a compression garment or girdle. Colombia and other Spanish-speaking countries are some of the biggest (and best!) manufacturers of post-surgery girdles. Hispanic women often use fajas to help with slimming and molding their bodies on a daily basis (not just during lipo or BBL recovery). "Faja" has become a common word in English-speaking cosmetic surgery circles because of all of these reasons.

Can I buy different types of Faja?

Every area of the body can be treated with Faja, for both men and women. A waist trainer, which may or may not have bones (like the stiff sticks in corsets), a full-bodysuit trimmer, and a butt lifter girdle are all available. There are different levels of compression (Stage 1, Stage 2, Daily Use). In some, there is a full panty, while in others, there is an open crotch, a zipper, or a thong. In addition to shapewear that incorporates a bra or has an open bust, some are strapless, while others have adjustable straps or even sleeves.


What Are Fajas made of?

Powernet, a blended fabric containing nylon and spandex, is the most common fabric used for Stage 1 girdles. A liner is usually included in good fajas, especially for the torso (nylon can be itchy and stiff). In stage 2 and daily-use shapewear, spandex and nylon are usually blended to make them more comfortable. However, this has the added benefit of reducing compression. Hence, it's important to wear the Stage 1 garment your doctor recommends for the full 4-6 weeks before switching over to Stage 2.

Girdles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The latex waist trainer is one of the most popular types. It has become very popular to wear waist trainers for body shaping and tummy control thanks to celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner. Latex or rubber is used in these products to encourage sweating and water loss. If you are wearing this type of belt, you should increase your water intake.

Fajas: What Do They Do?

Fajas are snug-fitting garments with many uses. Girdles are commonly used as post-surgery garments. When that happens, the Faja acts as a compression garment, controlling bruising and swelling while shaping and molding your body at the same time.

Is it possible to lose belly fat by wearing a Faja?

Your belly fat will not be reduced by wearing shapewear alone. In order to make your clothes fit better, shapewear helps hold in your tummy, making it appear flatter. Liposuction, specifically SmartLipo 360, is recommended for reducing belly fat because it effectively removes excess fat, tightens skin, and contours the body. By offering 4D Hi-Definition Liposuction (Six-pack Lipo) at Imagen Body Sculpting and Cosmetic Center, you can reveal your abs like never before.

Is it possible to reshape my body by wearing a Faja?

Wearing a faja can affect your body shape if you have recently undergone cosmetic or plastic surgery. While your surgeon's skill will be the most important factor in your new shape, you will definitely see results if you follow all post-surgery instructions (including wearing compression garments).

How soon after cosmetic surgery should I have a Faja?

After liposuction or a BBL, Faja compression garments are crucial for healthy recovery. A liposuction procedure uses SmartLipo Laser or VASER technology to remove excess fat and is paired with Renuvion skin tightening for the best results. In order to maximize your fat removal, it is common to add a BBL Fat Transfer. The Fajas help to manage swelling and fluid retention after liposuction or a BBL. In order to optimize recovery, all Imagen patients receive two premium complimentary Fajas with their procedure. If you have any questions regarding post-op instructions, please contact your cosmetic surgeon.
What are some of the benefits of wearing a faja?

The Faja is an essential part of your post-op recovery if you have recently had liposuction or BBL. Fajas have many other benefits, too! The use of daily tummy control shapewear like Fajas will give men and women a boost in confidence by slimming their midsections and making their clothes fit better.

In addition, you will feel full after eating smaller portions due to the tightness in the tummy area. Fajas can help with weight loss by controlling appetite.

Postpartum shapewear is also popular among new mothers. Although you should be proud of your body for creating and delivering life, it's okay to be disappointed if your body doesn't "bounce" back immediately - this is where wearing a Faja can help! When you have carried your baby for a long time, your skin may retract after wearing a postpartum girdle.

Does Wearing a Faja poses any risks?

Make sure the girdle you wear is the right size for you. There are several risks associated with wearing a compression garment that is too small. As waist training produces a desired "increase" in buttock size, corsets have become popular again as a way to accentuate your hourglass figure. If your corset is too tight, your liver and stomach may be pushed up and your diaphragm may be under pressure. The girdle may decrease your lung capacity slightly, so wearing it during exertion that demands that capacity may be unsafe.

In addition to tight shapewear affecting your blood pressure, it can also affect your weight. Your heart may be able to pump blood to your upper organs (i.e. your brain) due to the additional pressure on your middle section. You will notice a slight drop in blood pressure after removing the compression. Patients who have low baseline blood pressure may pass out if there is a drop in blood flow to the brain. First removing the compression the day after a lipo procedure is not unusual in patients. While your blood pressure regulates itself after removing a compression garment, you should avoid doing anything dangerous for a few minutes. Getting in the shower is part of this process. It could be life-threatening if you pass out in the shower. Make sure you wait at least five minutes before hopping in the shower after taking off your girdle.

Your surgeon will inform you of your compression options if you have a BBL procedure. After your surgery, you must wear a compression girdle to prevent pressure on the newly transplanted fat. When using a butt-lifting faja (levanta cola), you may lose some of the transplanted fat cells because the faja is too snug. We recommend you wait at least 8 weeks after your BBL to wear the butt lifter shapewear and avoid compression garments with open buttocks.

How should a Faja be worn?

Any compression garment or waist trainer corset should be snug fitting, but not too tight that it causes pain or difficulty breathing. For the first 4-6 weeks after liposuction or tummy tuck, you should wear a post-surgery girdle 24 hours a day (except for showering).

Colombian girdle sizes tend to be small. Despite never wearing a plus size before your procedure, you are now wearing an XL. Shapewear purchased online should be considered with caution, since even using the measurements provided may result in an uncomfortable garment.

Liposuction-treated areas should be completely covered with your garment. When it comes to lipo of the flanks with a back, a waist cincher may not be the best option. From wrists to shoulders and down to the ankles, full-body shapers cover it all. The most common garment we recommend for lipo 360 patients is a mid-thigh garment. A waist cincher or corset may cause additional discomfort if it has an edge right where your incisions are.

It is also important to wash the garment every day. Hang it to dry after washing it in the washing machine. A dryer's heat can affect your compression garment in two ways. As a result, the garment may shrink. In addition, repeated drying will cause the elastic fibers in the garment to break down, resulting in a loss of compression support.

What is the best place to get a Faja?

To shape and slim your figure, Imagen offers premium Faja compression garments. We offer Fajas for every area of the body, so you can finally sculpt the body of your dreams. The Fajas Colombianas MyD Full Body Shapewear Bodysuit for Women and Contemporary Designs Arm Compression Sleeves are our best sellers. Visit our compression garments page to see our full collection.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a faja and how does it help to slim the waist?

Faja is a Spanish term for "wrap", and in the context of body shaping, it refers to a type of high-compression garment that's worn around the waist to help create a slimmer waistline instantly and promote a more contoured figure over time.

How do I correctly wear a faja for waist slimming?

To wear a faja correctly, start by holding the garment at the top and stepping into it. Gradually pull it up over your body, making sure the tighter, reinforced area is situated over your waist. It should fit snugly but not impede your breathing or movement.

How long should I wear a faja each day to see waist slimming results?

The recommended time varies depending on the individual's comfort level and goals, but typically, it is suggested to wear a faja for 6-8 hours a day. Always consult with a healthcare provider before starting any body-shaping regimen.

Can a faja really change the shape of my waist permanently?

While a faja can instantly provide a slimmer look, long-term physical changes require consistent use alongside a balanced diet and regular exercise. It's also worth noting that everyone's body is different, so results can vary widely.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with using a faja for waist slimming?

Some potential side effects include discomfort, difficulty breathing if worn too tight, and skin irritation. Overuse could potentially lead to muscle weakness or dependence on the garment for a slim appearance. It's important to use the product sensibly and listen to your body's signals.

How do I clean and take care of my faja to ensure its longevity?

Most fajas are recommended to be hand-washed in cold water using a gentle detergent, then laid flat to dry. They should not be bleached, ironed, or dry cleaned. Check the care label on your specific product for detailed instructions.