Female Body Shape and Aesthetics

If you’re considering one or more body contouring procedures to “feminize” some of your more masculine features, there are two main body regions (besides the breasts) that statistically differentiate males and females: waist-to-hip ratio and buttock size and shape.

The Ideal Waist-to-Hip Ratio

When you think of classic Hollywood glamour girls like Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield, it’s hard to not visualize their tiny waists and curvy hips. Though most of us don’t need a measuring tape to recognize a classic hourglass figure, research has shown that waist-to-hip ratio is an important feminine trait.

Waist-to-hip ratio is computed by dividing your waist measurement by your hip measurement. In general, women possess a lower waist-to-hip ratio than men, and most cultures around the world view women with low waist-to-hip ratios as more desirable.

Though the actual number varies around the world, most researchers agree that a waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 is a significant indicator of female attractiveness (compared to 0.9 for males).

In addition to ranking higher in physical desirability, females with a low waist-to-hip ratio have also been shown to possess better overall health, indicated by the following correlations:

  • Optimal levels of estrogen
  • Less susceptible to major diseases (diabetes, ovarian cancer and cardiovascular disease)
  • Higher rates of pregnancy

Achieving a lower waist-to-hip ratio through body contouring

If you have excess fat around your midsection, or you feel your waist lacks feminine contour, trunk liposuction may be a viable solution.Trunk liposuction can significantly improve waist contour by reducing waist measurements.

Your body frame will play a role in the type of results you can expect to achieve. Additionally, it’s important to note that liposuction removes extra-abdominal fat only, so if you carry a lot of intra-abdominal weight, liposuction may not be able to produce the results you desire.

Buttock Size and Shape

Along with full breasts and a low waist-to-hip ratio, shapely buttocks are a sign of feminine attractiveness. So much so that some cultures (such as Brazil) find a classic round or “bubble-shaped” backside to be even more sexually exciting than large breasts.

Male vs. Female Buttocks

Masculine backsides often lack projection and carry more fat in the flank areas which ultimately blunts the shape of the lower back curve. In general, males are known for their semi-flat buttocks.

In contrast, female backsides often possess a noticeable roundness, fullness and projection. They also exhibit an s-curve silhouette that encompasses the gentle curve just above the buttocks combined with the outward curve of the upper buttocks.

Achieving a more feminine backside through body contouring

While there are a few different procedures that can give transgender patients a fuller, more feminine backside, the most successful procedure to date is the Brazilian butt lift. The Brazilian butt lift differs from traditional buttock implants because it uses fat from selected areas of your body (rather than artificial implants) to enhance your backside.

The Brazilian butt lift is ideal for transgender women and non-binary transfeminine people because it not only increases fullness and projection, it can also be used to eliminate or re-contour fat from more masculine regions of the body such as the abdomen or the flanks.