Trunk Liposuction

A narrow waist and wider hips are often considered classic signs of feminine beauty. If you’re a transwoman or transfeminine gender non-conforming person, it can be difficult to achieve this look through traditional methods of diet and exercise. For this reason, many transfeminine patients consider trunk liposuction to be an important step in their physical transformation.

Trunk liposuction is designed to target fat that accumulates around the waistline and above the hips. The result is a trimmer silhouette and more contoured body proportions. This particular form of liposuction is ideal for those with love handles or extra fat around their midsection. It can also be used to give the waist a more feminine shape.

You may be a good candidate for trunk liposuction if:

  • You desire to contour your waist
  • You do not have a significant amount of sagging or excess skin
  • You are at or near a healthy body weight for your height and build
  • You have realistic expectations

The Process

The surgical process is fairly straightforward. Most of our patients only require light sedation combined with local anesthesia. Once you’re comfortable, Dr. Mosser will make very small incisions near the area you wish to contour. Through these incisions he will insert a thin suctioning tube (known as a cannula) which will act as vacuum to remove excess fat.

Once the appropriate amount of fat has been removed, Dr. Mosser will use fine sutures (if necessary) to secure your incisions. Your abdominal region will then be wrapped in surgical gauze and an elastic compression garment to minimize post-surgical swelling.

The entire procedure is usually completed in about an hour. Though most patients are able to return home the same day of surgery, you will need someone to pick you up and drive you home.

Recovering from Trunk Liposuction

Most patients tolerate recovery very well. It’s normal to experience some bruising and discomfort during the first few days. Post-surgical swelling may last for a few weeks. To control any temporary discomfort, Dr. Mosser may provide you with a prescription for pain medication.

It’s important to take the first couple of days off from all regular routines to rest and recuperate. Within a few days however, you should be able to resume light activity – and after about a week you should be able to resume work and other social routines. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting, however, should be avoided for about a month.


Though trunk liposuction is typically a safe and successful procedure, all surgeries carry a degree of risk and uncertainty. Mild discomfort is common, as well as swelling, bruising and temporary numbness. Irregularities or uneven results are also possible; however this complication is minimized by the very small cannula used during trunk liposuction.

Serious complications associated with liposuction are rare, but may include infection, fluid build-up, nerve damage or blot clots. To prevent serious complications from occurring, it’s important to possess good overall health before electing liposuction and to always choose an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Mosser.

If you are worried about potential risks or have additional questions, Dr. Mosser would be happy to discuss them with you during a personal consultation.