The Best Moves, Products and Treatments to Tighten From the Waist Down

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This article first appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of New Beauty. Click here to subscribe

Our legs and butt are hidden away during winter months, but once the weather warms up, they’re back on display. If you’ve ever Googled the term “sagging buttocks,” then you know options are limited. However there are tool, tricks and treatments of the trade that can materialize a firmer butt. With innovative smoothing tools new ways to firm and tone, it’s no wonder our lower halves are in full focus.

Featured Experts

  • Andrea Rogers is the founder of Xtend Barre
  • Alan Durkin, MD is a plastic surgeon based in Vero Beach, FL
  • David Robbins, MD is a plastic surgeon based in Des Moines, IA
  • John Williams, MD is a plastic surgeon based in Baton Rouge, LA
  • Arthur Yu, MD is a plastic surgeon based in Arcadia, CA
  • Janine Hopkins, MD is a dermatologist based in Southlake, TX and Monroe, LA

All the Right Moves

Xtend Barre founder Andrea Rogers’ favorite lower body moves are weight-bearing exercises that challenge stability, balance and muscle endurance. “My go-to leg, thigh and tush sculpting move is a second-position plié series,” she says. “With your legs open wide and your feet turned slightly outward. Place your hands on your hips and bend your knees. In a pulsing fashion, lower and raise your hips a few inches for 16 to 32 reps.”

Bye-Bye Cellulite

To treat cellulite, Southlake, TX and Monroe, LA dermatologist Janine Hopkins, MD says Avéli can help release the dimples. This minimally invasive cellulite treatment works by targeting and cutting the individual fibrous bands responsible for cellulite dimples on the buttocks and thighs. “We use a micro-cannula to cut and release the fibrous bands that are responsible for dimpling,” says Dr. Hopkins. This procedure is FDA cleared and Dr. Hopkins says results in smoother skin. 

Another nonsurgical option is Resonic, an FDA-cleared treatment that uses acoustic pulses, or sound waves, to break up fibrous bands.

Using liposculpture of the waist and the lower back, and a fat transfer to the butt, Dr. Yu was able to give this 38-year-old patient a more hourglass shape.

Thigh Master

According to Baton Rouge, LA plastic surgeon John Williams, MD, sagging buttocks isn’t the only thing patients are Googling. Concerns about excess fat and skin on the inner thighs is also a high body-sculpting priority. “For moderate skin laxity, I can combine liposuction with the minimally invasive BodyTite treatment. The liposuction removes the fat and the radio-frequency helps with skin retraction.” For those with more laxity and sagging, a thigh lift procedure with liposuction and skin excision may be recommended.

90 percent of women over the age of 30 will develop some form of cellulite

Source: World Village

Butt Lifters

Nonsurgical procedures to lift and sculpt sagging buttocks are growing, no pun intended. “For fat reduction around the flanks and thighs, which can help reshape the butt, CoolSculpting is a quick, easy procedure with minimal to no downtime, and results are permanent,” notes Des Moines, IA plastic surgeon David Robbins, MD.

Vero Beach, FL plastic surgeon Alan Durkin, MD likes Emsculpt NEO which uses high frequency electromagnetic energy (HIFEM) to build muscle. This firms the buttocks and increases gluteal tone. “Each cycle is like doing 20,000 squats,” he says.

The nonsurgical treatment Arcadia, CA plastic surgeon Arthur Yu, MD performs most is a “Sculptra Butt Lift.” He says cautions the procedure can be pricey. “We use about six to 12 vials per side,” he says. “However, results are instant and can last up to two years.”

For an increase in size, fullness and projection, Brazilian Butt Lift surgery is a popular choice. However, it’s important to seek a board-certified plastic surgeon, as there are safety risks. It should only be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility or licensed hospital. “Fat must be injected above the buttock muscle,” Dr. Williams explains. “When fat is injected incorrectly into the muscle, the fat can go under the muscle and tear large veins of the buttock. This can result in the fat traveling to the lungs or heart, which is fatal.” In the end, only about 30 to 60 percent of the injected fat will stay long-term.

Body-Tightening Products to Try

To tighten, tone and get the glowiest skin below the waist, try these new lower-body essentials.

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Epicutis Lipid Body Treatment ($225)

A potent blend of caffeine, lychee eeed extract, and glucosyl hesperidin, Epicutis Lipid Body Treatment tightens skin naturally, reducing fat tissue thickness and fine lines. Each application provides 24-hour hydration for refreshed skin. 

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Nivea Q10 Skin Firming Melanin Beauty & Hydration Lotion ($11)

Enhance skin firmness and hydration with Nivea Q10 Skin Firming Melanin Beauty & Hydration Lotion, specially formulated for darker skin tones for smoother, tighter skin.

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Kopari Ultra Renewal Retinol Body Cream ($42)

Clinically proven to improve fine lines, wrinkles, crepiness, and sunspots for firmer, smoother skin, Kopari Ultra Renewal Retinol Body Cream is gentle enough for daily use, and safe for all skin types.

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Repechage Vita Cura Cellusea Lift Body Contour Cream ($70)

A NewBeauty editor favorite, this luxurious cream firms and contours every inch of the body with seaweed extracts. Repechage Vita Cura Cellusea Lift Body Contour Cream is our go-to for helping reduce the appearance of cellulite for smoother skin.

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Award Photo: Vita Cura CelluSea Lift Body Contour Cream
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AmLactin Crepe Firming Cream ($30)

Target crepey skin in the back of the thighs with AHA exfoliation. AmLactin Crepe Firming Cream provides deep hydration for firmer, smoother skin with 15% lactic acid.

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Board30 Mini ($118)

Get a full-body workout in just 2 feet of space with the Board30 Mini, which brings the Pilates studio home with resistance band training.

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Bawdy Super Tight ($30)

Icewine, the main ingredient in Bawdy Super Tight, gives your lower half an instantly tightened and firm feeling on contact.

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Dr. Dennis GrossDRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro ($455)

With red and blue LED lights that you can place anywhere on the body, including your thighs and butt, Dr. Dennis GrossDRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro targets loss of firmness and uneven tone and texture.

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Bellasoo Roller Crush Cream ($18.50)

With 56 massaging knobs, Bellasoo Roller Crush Cream is a skin firmer and body tool in one. Caffeine, probiotics and pumpkin extract help strengthen skin and promote blood flow.

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LATHER Cooling Leg Lotion ($24)

Provide immediate cooling relief for tired legs this season with LATHER Cooling Leg Lotion, which utilizes botanical extracts and essential oils.

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Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Body Cream ($45)

Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Body Cream contains the brand’s hero cupuacu butter, but mixes in vitamin C ester and fruit alphahydroxy acids to help resurface skin and improve bumpy areas.

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