For transgender women and some nonbinary people, hormone replacement therapy results in some changes to the body, but some dissatisfaction with the body contour often remains. A traditionally feminine shape can be achieved through liposuction. This procedure, known as liposuction feminization or body feminization, is just one option offered by Dr. Howland to help transgender patients relieve gender dysphoria and live confidently and authentically.

What is Liposuction Feminization?

Liposuction feminization, also known as body feminization surgery, is a strategic method of liposuction surgery performed to create a more feminine silhouette. This procedure is generally chosen by transgender women or nonbinary patients seeking a more feminine-looking body contour. In some cases, liposuction is paired with fat grafting to achieve a balanced and feminine silhouette. For example, transgender patients may choose a Brazilian butt lift to enhance a curvy waist and buttocks.

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction Feminization?

Transwomen and nonbinary people who wish to achieve a more feminine-looking body contour are typically good candidates for liposuction feminization. Before choosing the procedure, you should be in good overall health and a nonsmoker. It’s also important that you are at or near a healthy and stable weight and have good skin elasticity before choosing body feminization.

The Liposuction Feminization Procedure

Liposuction is usually performed under general anesthesia, but some procedures require just local anesthesia. First, Dr. Howland will make a small incision in the treatment area, through which a small cannula can be inserted. The cannula is then used to manually break apart fat before it is suctioned away. Common treatment areas for body feminization through liposuction are the waist and hips or abdomen.

Fat grafting can also be used following liposuction. In these procedures, the fat that is removed through liposuction is then transferring to another area, such as the breasts or buttocks. When transferred to the buttocks, this procedure is known as a Brazilian butt lift, and has the goal of creating a more feminine, curved, and rounded buttocks to complement a smaller waist.

Liposuction Feminization Results

Following liposuction, patients are required to wear compression garments in the treatment area to reduce swelling and help maintain the desired shape and contour. Drains may also be in place depending on the treatment area. Most patients experience some discomfort and bruising in the first several days after their surgery and will require about a week to rest and recover before they are ready to return to work or other normal activities. You should avoid lifting heavy objects or strenuous activity for at least a week after your surgery. Be sure to follow all of Dr. Howland’s instructions for your recovery period.


To learn more about your feminization surgery options and whether liposuction is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Howland today! Call Howland Plastic Surgery in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT area at (385) 313-8590 or request your consultation online.