If you’re considering one or more body contouring procedures to reduce feelings of gender dysphoria or discomfort that may come from body fat distribution, it’s important to be strategic. Focusing on some specific characteristics can produce powerful results. For a condensed breakdown of the content on this page, see our printable PDF.
Because everyone produces sex hormones (e.g., androgens and estrogens) at different rates, they also tend to carry and store fat differently. In general, AMAB folks store less body fat than AFAB folks, and when they gain weight, it tends to be concentrated in their upper body. In contrast, AFAB folks are more prone to weight gain in hips, legs and buttocks.
Transmen and non-binary transmasculine individuals who are heavier or naturally curvy often wish to minimize certain characteristics. Before moving forward with surgery, it’s possible for some folks to use a combination of hormone therapy, weight lifting, and a balanced diet to yield favorable 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.
Creating a more masculine upper body can be challenging, but not impossible. Because AFAB bodies sometimes store more fat 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.
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 who want more muscular upper bodies should focus on upper body weight training. Concentrating on the back, neck and shoulders can broaden and define the upper body – further enhancing waist-to-chest measurements.