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Body Contouring: How to Get a ‘Snatched’ Waist

Traditionally, women around the world have considered the hourglass shape to be enviable. This body type has often been seen as a symbol of beauty, and research suggests that men might be hardwired to prefer a curvy figure. When it comes to plastic surgery and sculpting an ideal body, many patients are focused on the hip-to-waist ratio. If you’ve always wanted to have a thin waist and a classic, curvy silhouette, know that the Burnett Plastic Surgery team performs body contouring treatments like liposuction that give New Jersey patients the ability to refine their proportions.

An hourglass shape typically describes a women who is full-figured with a very defined, slim waistline that is significantly narrower than the upper and lower halves of the body, as well as similar hip and shoulder measurements. Of course, everyone’s body type is different, and many people are naturally prone to having an apple-shaped figure with more fat stored on the waist, belly, and flanks. Genetics, high stress levels, hormone changes, and not getting enough sleep at night can all contribute to you being heavier around the midsection. Aging, pregnancy, and a sedentary lifestyle can also change your overall body proportions.

But there are strategies for changing it back—or even getting a new body shape.

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves removing some of the soft fat below the skin’s surface, including on the stomach, back, flanks (where love handles develop), butt, and thighs. If you’ve had a tummy tuck to tighten the stomach and remove unwanted, saggy skin and fat, liposuction can be done on the surrounding “transition” areas, like the hips and flanks, to emphasize attractive curves. This is an ideal strategy for targeting resistant fat in isolated sections—that type of bulk that won’t budge, even when subjected to exercise and dieting. To get that “cinched waist” look, you’ll typically have to have liposuction performed on multiple areas, like the obliques and lower back.

A Brazilian butt lift is another plastic surgery procedure designed to help give patients the appearance of a tiny waistline—in this case by increasing volume in one specific area to make the waist appear proportionally smaller. The procedure involves removing fat from nearby areas where there is excess (such as the hips, back, and thighs) and transferring it to the butt to create a more rounded appearance.

With help from our Burnett Plastic Surgery team, you can achieve your body goals. Give us a call at 908.233.0200 to set up your appointment or submit a contact form online to explore the pros and cons of liposuction for accentuating a slim waist.

Carlos Burnett