So much shapewear that it is hard to keep up with what works best especially when it comes to fajas vs corsets because they both have “shaping” benefits. 

However, there are some key differences between fajas vs corsets that I will breakdown for you today to help you on your journey to becoming as “snatched” as possible. 

When it comes to  a faja vs. a corset the decision with which to go will depend on what your best-desired outcome will be.   A waist training corset can help you achieve better long-term results to getting a smaller waist.  Whereas a faja will just cinch your waist in and when you take off the garment your body will no longer have that “snatched” smaller waistline.

Is a Faja the same as a waist trainer? 

A faja is not the same as a waist trainer.  A faja which means girdle in Spanish works in some ways like a waist trainer but also differs from a waist trainer. Looking at the comparison chart below we can break this down a little further and discuss the differences.

Faja vs. Corset Comparisons

  • Steel boned
  • Compression
  • Covers FUPA
  • Permanency



* A corset can cover FUPA but definitely a faja with its full body coverage can possibly do it better in certain instances when the FUPA mass is large

Let’s look at a few of these details.

Both faja’s and corsets have the ability to be a waist cincher type of garment in that they will help for your to immediately help define your waist. They can immediately take some inches off by compressing that area.  However, in the case of faja that compression is short-lived and once the faja comes off your waistline will no longer look “snatched.”  The same goes with corset training, in the beginning, you will wear the corset and your waist will look defined but once you take off the corset your waist will return to normal.

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However, the difference with a faja vs corset is that a waist training corset can over time start to augment you’re shape of your waist to the point with proper waist training your waist can actually become smaller.  

The reason this occurs is that a proper waist training corset will have steel bones which is the function of the corset that helps to actually modify your waistline.  A faja does not, faja is more with a shapewear genre vs waist training.

A faja does not have the ability to train your waist in the manner a corset does as it lacks the “steel bone” structure of the corset.

One of faja’s current day usage is after liposuction and BBBL’s to help with compression and its all-over body cinching ability definitely beats out waist training corset when it comes to covering up FUPA.  Depending on how bad the FUPA is, you might have a lot of areas to cover that a corset just cannot reach.  Even with a longer corset some FUPA’s can overwhelm a corset and the job it came to do which is to train the waist and the corset’s limitation is that it only covers the midsection vs the all-over body coverage a faja provides. So a faja might be best if you need some major FUPA maintenance. 


Is wearing a faja bad?


Wearing faja correctly is not bad. However, with any garment that has some level of body modification, you have to be safe.  There are several online articles with supposed ways fajas are bad.  However, I always say to proceed with any advice online with caution.  I am a corset wearer and there is so much negative talk about corsetting and there are a lot of falsehoods.

Faja’s have been apart of the shapewear game long before Spanx even came to be.  Faja’s, a staple in Latin American,  have been shaping people for generations and have stood the test of time and have been shapewear du jour for many.  

At its heart, a faja is a girdle like many church-going women like my mom and grandma have been wearing for decades.

You are compressing your body in just like you are with Spanx. It’s super tight so you have to make sure to watch for chafing, red marks etc, like you would with a corset.  Also, this doctor discusses how shapewear which faja’s are apart of this category are not good for the digestive tract.  The same has been said about corseting and what I have noticed is that when it comes to digestion and corseting is that you have to take your time to eat and watch things they can wreak havoc on your digestion. 

But ultimately you have to listen to your body, watch out for how it reacts to this new constraint and if its not for you then ditch it.  But to disregard decades of use of fajas, which were some of the original shapewear out there, does not appear necessary.  Just like wearing corsets you have to be careful and if you don’t follow the best advice you could have bad things happens to you.  Anytime you are doing anything that is in the realm of body modification proceed with caution.

However, many people wear and continue to wear faja’s and if they were that bad ask yourself why would a medical doctor allow their patients to wear them after BBL and liposuctions? Why would a medical doctor risk to potential litigation of someone messing up their body post surgery? 

Even if you think well the person will have follow up visits with the doctor still what doctor would risk putting someone in anything that could open them up to exposure and their patient having adverse effects after surgery.  So if you look at it from that perspective faja’s can’t be that bad?

Sometimes it comes down to the user. like with a lot of things in life  you can give two teenagers the keys to a car one can drive responsible and one can choose to drive irresponsible.  At the end of the day, it’s the user behavior that can affect the outcome.  Here example is one doctor below discussing the use of faja’s in post operative surgery.