Many people like wearing tight fitting clothes for a lot of reasons. Aside from the fact that they hug the body while making you look and feel great, certain tight outfits are also fashion-forward. They are also what people prefer when working out, as they provide ease and a full range of motion when performing different routines. 

Tight-Fitting Clothes What Can They Do to Your Body and Health

There are many benefits to wearing tight-fitting clothes and there is nothing wrong if that is what you like to wear. Do take note, however, that extremely tight outfits can have negative health effects. This is especially true if they start to cause physical discomfort or leave marks on your skin. 

How tight is too tight?

The answer to this is subjective, as what feels tight to other people may feel fine or comfortable to you (and vice versa). There are, however, a few signs that might indicate that your favorite outfits are just a little too tight. These include.

  • Pressure marks
  • Red marks on the skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Restricted movements
  • Difficulty breathing (in extreme cases)

Jeans, specifically skinny ones, are the most common type of clothing that might have these effects. This is particularly true for extremely tight pants that push into your abdomen and put pressure on your stomach. Other types of clothes that may cause the above repercussions include: 

  • Tight pants/leggings
  • Shapewear, tights, pantyhose
  • Belts
  • Corset-style tops
  • Bras (regular/sports)

Can tight fitting clothes cause specific health issues?

While we are all for wearing whatever makes you feel good and confident, it is also important to be aware of the side effects of wearing too tight clothing. 

Stomach issues

Extremely tight clothes like jeans can put additional stress on the stomach and intestines. This may then lead to digestive issues or exacerbate symptoms like heartburn and acid reflux. There is also the risk of clothing squishing your organs, which can push the acid into the stomach, resulting in reflux.

Contribute to poor circulation 

Another problem with extremely tight clothing is that it can reduce blood flow to certain areas of the body. This is bad news, particularly for those who are at risk for certain health conditions like blood clots and deep vein thrombosis due to being overweight, sitting for prolonged periods, and others. 

Wearing tight underwear and leggings can also limit blood flow, which may contribute to cellulite formation.

Yeast infections

Jeans, underwear, and pantyhose that are too snug can increase the temperature and amount of moisture in your intimate areas. This can then increase your risk of having a yeast infection. The same is also true if you sweat in them and don’t change wet or moist clothes immediately. 

Nerve damage 

Tight skinny jeans are said to trigger a nerve condition called meralgia paresthetica. This can cause numbness, tingling, and pain on the outer side of the thighs. The condition is caused by pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerves (LFCN). This supplies sensation to the skin of the thigh. 

Take note: Wearing tight fitting clothes occasionally won’t likely lead to serious health effects. It is perfectly fine if you prefer a more fitted look, but keep in mind that wearing restrictive clothing repeatedly can lead to more negative and lasting effects.

Fitting into your favorite clothes

It is always important to wear an outfit that makes you feel good and comfortable. If you always find yourself struggling in fitting into your favorite jeans or dress, it may be the time to replace them with a size that fits you perfectly. You may also consider non-invasive fat reduction procedures to reduce some of your excess fat. 

At Cutis, we have fat freezing (CoolSculpting and ZLipo) and Vanquish ME for getting rid of pinchable fat that won’t back down despite diet and exercise. Do take note, however, that these are aesthetic procedures, not treatments for weight loss and obesity. It works well if you are at your ideal weight, but have stubborn fat that you want to treat.

Fat freezing – Both CoolSculpting and ZLipo use controlled cooling temperatures to target, freeze, and kill fat cells. The treated fat cells are gone for good and are naturally metabolized and cleared through the lymphatic system. This then gives the treated area a slimmer of a more contoured appearance. 

Treatment areas include the:

  • Belly
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Upper arms
  • Chin 
  • Smaller areas like the underarm and knees

Read our previous post about common concerns about fat freezing

Vanquish ME – This procedure uses contactless radiofrequency energy to target fat cells and expose them to heat. This then causes the treated cells to naturally die over time, which are processed as waste in the liver and cleared through the lymphatic system. 

Vanquish ME is FDA-cleared for circumference reduction in the belly and thighs, with clinical studies suggesting that it can eliminate up to 59% of excess belly fat after failure to respond to diet and exercise. 

Treatment areas include the:

  • Belly
  • Flanks
  • Thighs
  • Arms
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Back fat

Find out what makes Vanquish ME different

Swapping outfits or replacing outfits is much better than trying to fit into too tight clothing. You can also consider non-invasive procedures for stubborn fats that you are looking to treat or reduce. Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation and body assessment with our aesthetic doctor to find out which treatment is right for you.