Body Contouring and the Transgender Patient
Body Contouring involves a combination of liposuction and fat grafting to reshape the body’s contours and create a more feminine or masculine appearance. It is important to note that Body Contouring is not a surgical weight loss treatment, but it can provide excellent feminizing or masculinizing results in patients who are close to their ideal weight.
Many transgender women can benefit from Body Contouring. Fatty tissue can be removed from any part of the body to slim down or sculpt those areas to give you more feminine-looking curves. Two of the most common areas of the body targeted for feminization are the buttocks and hips.
Male and female bodies have different shapes. In general, male bodies are boxier and less curvaceous compared to female bodies. Aside from the chest, nowhere is this more apparent than in the buttocks and hips.
A MTF transgender patient who complained of having “the body shape of a man” sought out Dr. Rumer for help. While she had already had Breast Augmentation surgery and was pleased with the results of that procedure, she was not satisfied with the shape and size of her buttocks and hips. Following a full evaluation, Dr. Rumer suggested Body Contouring using a state-of-the-art liposuction system that would remove fat from the abdomen, the area below the buttocks, and the lower portion of the back to accentuate the buttocks and hips, and then transfer some of it to the buttocks and hips to enhance their shape and size.
The patient’s final results were apparent one month after surgery, and she was very happy with her new curves! Body Contouring is a safe and effective surgery for trans women seeking a more feminine body contour.
FTM Body Contouring aims to masculinize the body shape via liposuction sculpting, Abdominoplasty (aka a tummy tuck) and buttock fat grafting. Common areas targeted for body masculinization are the abdomen, waist, love-handles (lower waist and back), hips, buttocks, and thighs. Transgender men who are close to their ideal body weight and have good muscle tone but who are not satisfied with their body’s shape are ideal candidates for Body Contouring.
A FTM Top Surgery patient of Dr. Rumer’s who had been on HRT for many years was interested in learning more about how Dr. Rumer could help him achieve a more masculine body contour. Of particular concern to him was the shape of his waist, hips and thighs, which despite much effort had not reduced in size through exercise. Following a full evaluation, Dr. Rumer determined that using liposuction to remove fat from the abdomen, lower back, hips and inner and outer thighs would give him the results he sought.
The patient’s final results were revealed 6 weeks following surgery: the curves that had cursed him in the past were now gone and replaced with a straighter, more masculine body contour. Body Contouring is a safe and effective surgery for many trans men seeking a more masculine looking physique and for whom testosterone and exercise did not produce satisfactory results.