Corsets - Questions and answers
I often get some common questions about corsets in generally, and many things are already answered on the web. Of course all informations you can find on the Internet aren't reliable.
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Is it even possible to breath in that?
Of course. Depending on the shape of the corset (cone shaped or hourglass) and the amount of the desired reduction, lower ribs are more or less compressed) but it doesn't compress the lungs.
Ohhh of course, does it permanently change the shape the ribcage over time? Because, I swear waists just aren't that tiny!
The corset works on a way that it compress your fat tissue and pull it at the back and also the flexible lower ribs are being compressed in some amount. That is where the waist reduction comes from. Coned shaped corsets compress lower ribs more than hourglass shaped corsets. So depending on the corset shape, lower flexible ribs are more or less compressed, but after taking the corset off everything gets back in the normal position.
But if you wear a tightly laced cone shaped corset in a prolonged period of time (23 hours daily for months and years), it is possible to permanently change the shape of your lower rib cage.
Read more about Corsets and Bones on Lucy's corsetry site.
But can wearing a corset damage my ribs?
The lower ribs (in most of people) are very flexible so they can bend without breaking while tight laced even in the cone shaped corsets. Hourglass shaped corsets have also an extra space for the ribcage and they are more comfortable for the higher amounts of reduction so it is possible to achieve a great amount of reduction without any damage for the ribs. Of course, higher amounts of reduction must be achieved gradually.
Is it true that when you are tight laced in a corset inner organs are relocated?
When you are tight laced in a corset, inner organs do change their place, but it happens only for a higher amounts of reduction. After removing the corset they return to the normal position. The organs move the similar way like in pregnancy and woman's body is naturally predisposed for the organ relocation.
Can everybody wear a corset, are there any age limits?
Almost everybody over 18 years old can wear a corset; it is not recommendable in cases of hart or lungs diseases because it can affect the circulation or breathing, or in case of osteoporosis. Tightlacing is not recommendable for persons under 18 years old, because body is still growing and skeleton isn't fully developed yet.
Can everybody achieve a tiny waist?
Achieving an extremely tiny waist is individual, depending on a human anatomy and constitution some people can get a huge reduction easy, and some people less and slower. It depends much on the corset shape too. Everybody can get some amount of reduction. There is something called the "squish factor" and it is directly connected with an amount of grease or muscles at your waist area. Less muscle you have, easier to squish more.