Masculine Body Shape and Aesthetics

What makes a person physically attractive? Most of us find it difficult to pinpoint which traits translate into desirability. Defining beauty and masculinity, is highly subjective and near impossible. Despite this, researchers have identified some physical characteristics which seem to symbolize universal appeal.

If you’re considering one or more body contouring procedures to create a more masculine body shape, it’s important to be strategic. Though it may not be possible to give you the “perfect” body, focusing on some of these universally masculine characteristics can produce powerful results.

Upper vs. Lower Body Fat Distribution

Because most females and males produce sex hormones (i.e., androgens and estrogens) at different rates, they also tend to carry and store fat differently. In general, males store less body fat than females, and when they gain weight, it tends to be concentrated in their upper body. In contrast, females are more prone to weight gain in hips, legs and buttocks.

Closing the Fat Distribution Gap

Transmen and non-binary transmasculine individuals who are heavier or naturally curvy often wish to minimize these traditionally feminine characteristics. A balanced diet and exercise program that includes weight lifting (in addition to hormone therapy) often yields the best results.

When lifestyle changes aren’t enough, many transmasculine people elect to have lower body liposuction to target stubborn fat. Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a thin suctioning tube to vacuum out localized pockets of fat.

Generally, the best candidates for liposuction:

  • Are healthy and have realistic expectations
  • Are at or near a healthy body weight for their height
  • Do not have significant excess or sagging skin

The V-Shaped Torso Ideal

Whether you’re watching today’s hard-bodied action stars on the silver screen or observing Michelangelo’s noticeably leaner masterpiece, the Statue of David, there’s one masculine physical characteristic that appears to transcend time – and that’s a V-shaped torso.

Though there’s no magic number when it comes to the perfect waist-to-chest ratio (some studies posit a 1.4 ratio, others point towards 1.6), research has confirmed that most people find a broad upper torsos and narrow waists to be more physically attractive.

Achieving a More Masculine Upper Body

Creating a more masculine upper body can be challenging, but not impossible. Because female bodies are prone to more fat storage around the hips and flanks, liposuction can serve as a powerful upper body contouring tool as well. Upper body regions that are difficult to sculpt through traditional diet and exercise are frequently targeted to streamline waist measurements – creating a more V-shaped silhouette.

In some cases, liposuction may also be used on the upper torso to define and contour the pectoral muscles or to remove stubborn fat deposits that reside near the armpits.

In addition to body contouring surgery, it’s recommended that transmasculine people focus on upper body weight training. Weight loss through diet and cardio is important if you want to maintain a trim overall body, while weight lifting (concentrating on the back, neck and shoulders) can broaden and define the upper body – further enhancing waist-to-chest measurements.