Is It Possible to Get an Hourglass Figure Through Surgery?

right now I have a rectangular/straight shape,I heard breast implants and liposuction can make an hourlgass figure, so can i go from a rectangular figure to an hourglass figure through surgery?

Doctor Answers 12

An hourglass figure after liposuction

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Liposuction is a very effective contouring procedure to slim the waist and hip. The shape of the waist, or the hourglass figure will depend on the space between the ribs and the hip bone, longer in taller individuals, shorter in petites. The shape of the waist is also influenced by pregnancy which will cause a subtle flair of the hip, and a flair of the lower ribcage. Test what you have at home, and place your fingers along your sides on top of the hip bone and feel the room to the lower edge of the ribs. The more space the better.

Best of luck,


Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery can help your figure

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I can not promise an hourglass figure with surgery becasue so much of you God given shape is dictated by the ribs and pelvis dimentions.  The hourglass shape is dictated mostly by the narrowness of the waist as directed by the ribs and pelvis. 

If you use breast implants to help accentuate the upper chest curves this improves the proportions and makes the waist look narrower.  Liposuction can directly reduce the waist shape but this is limited because there is generally not that much thickness to the fat layer at the waist line.  The love handles can be shaped with liposuction and this will make the waist look better.

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Dr. Peterson

Marcus L. Peterson, MD
Saint George Plastic Surgeon

Hourglass figure

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You have not stated if you have had children or not. A tummy tuck with muscle plication can help to give the appearance of an hourglass figure along with a brazilian butt lift and implants.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Body shape with surgery

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Implants can definitely bring out the upper body especially if someone's lower body is a bit pear shaped. Liposuction sometimes can narrow the hips to give more of an hour glass appearance.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Body shape after Liposuction and Breast Augmentation

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Dramatic improvements in body contour can be achieved with Liposuction  and Breast Augmentation. Every patient is built differently, so to say an Hourglass shape will result is difficult without an exam. I would consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who will be able to tell you expected results for your frame so that you have realistic expectations.

Hourglass shape after liposuction.

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It is not possible to say how much can be achieved with liposuction and implants without seeing photos. The excess fat can be removed and the breasts made larger, but this may only improve your body, since your ribs and hip bones are fixed in size.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Hourglass figure

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Certainly if you do nothing, your figure will not change.  I would hesitate to use the word hourglass figure, but you can improve your figure with possible breast implants with or without liposuction to make yourself as good as you can be.

See your surgeon for a consultation.

Darrick E. Antell, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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Surgical Hourglass Figure

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An hourglass figure can occasionally be created with an abdominoplasty/ liposuction and breast implants. This is dependent on your anatomy and present body fat composition. This cannot be accomplished if you have too much fat around your bowel or if you have too little space between your hips and ribs. You need a consultation with a board certified Plastic Surgeon.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon

Hourglass figure

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you may not be able to obtain an hourglass figure if there is an iliac flare, or wide hip bones. without examining you it is impossible to answer your question with certainty.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Body shape improved with liposuction and breast augmentation and tummy tuck

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An hour glass shape is hard to achieve and will depend to a large extent on your bone structure including the rib size and contour and your pelvis. The bone contribution to shape are better left alone. To improve the upper body contour breast implants can give some shape on the upper body . A tummy tuck can narrow the waist and create some curvature to the shape but all this is limited by the bone structure.

Walter D. Gracia, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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