How To Get An Hourglass Figure?

Throughout history, there has been an obsession with women who have hourglass figures, but only between 8% and 10% of women were blessed with it naturally, like Sophia Loren. This body type has always been associated with femininity, sexiness, and fertility.

The stereotypical hourglass figure measurements are recorded as 36-24-36, but you don’t have to have this exact combination to achieve this coveted shape. Typically, an hourglass figure is one where the bust and hips are close to or equal to the same measurements and the waist is smaller, which creates these sought-after curves.

If you are wondering how to get an hourglass figure, there are some cosmetic procedures that can help. Today we are going to go into some different ways to make your body appear more curvy. Non-surgical body contouring, liposuction, or different types of surgery can help you get the hourglass figure you are longing for.

What Surgeries Can Help Create An Hourglass Figure?

Adding contours to your body can help create an hourglass shape and adding volume specifically to the breasts and buttocks and removing residual fat from the abdominal area.

Liposuction with BBL for an hourglass figure
Liposuction with BBL for an hourglass figure

These enhancements can be created through cosmetic surgeries such as:

Breast Surgery

The first measurement that is counted in an hourglass figure is the bustline. Depending on the specific circumstances, a breast augmentation, a breast lift, a breast reduction, or a combination of these breast surgeries can be done to achieve the look the patient wants.

  • An augmentation changes the size and shape of the breast by using silicone or saline implants;
  • A lift involves using one of several different incision techniques that will depend on how much lift is needed. The surgeon removes any extra skin that is causing the breasts to sag and hang down, pulls the breast up to its natural position, and stitches it in place. This is often done at the same time as an augmentation because a lift does not add volume, or in tandem with a breast reduction to better restore the breasts to their higher position on the chest;
  • A reduction is done to relieve shoulder and back pain caused by the excess weight and enhance the symmetry to create breasts that are more proportionate to a woman’s body size. The surgeon creates incisions commensurate with the severity of the reduction and then removes excess breast tissue and loose skin to meet the patient’s aesthetic goals. If necessary, the areola and nipple may be repositioned on the breast to look more natural.

Breast surgery helps to create the bust measurements necessary to obtain an hourglass figure.


Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat that has accumulated in different areas of the body. It serves two purposes when a cosmetic surgeon’s goal is to create an hourglass figure transformation for a patient. When fat is removed from an area, it creates instant contours that may never have been achieved through diet and exercise alone. The hourglass shape would require the elimination of fat from the waist and abdomen to make those areas smaller. The surgeon may then take the fat that was removed and purify it to use to enhance the shape of the buttocks and hips during a Brazilian Butt lift (BBL).

Tummy Tuck

This surgical procedure (abdominoplasty) creates a flatter abdomen and can repair torn or stretched abdominal muscles. Excess fat, skin, and tissue are removed from the abdomen using at least one incision that runs along the natural bikini line. In some cases, an additional incision that runs vertically from the bikini line up to the belly button is necessary to achieve the amount of correction needed. The surgeon removes any loose, hanging skin, repairs the abdominal muscles, pulls the remaining skin taut, and sutures it in place. Liposuction is almost always performed in conjunction with a tummy tuck, and when used in combination with muscle repair, the elimination of excess skin helps to produce a more narrow waistline, contributing to the hourglass figure.

Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)

A BBL can be done using buttock implants or using relocated fat taken from the patient via liposuction during a tummy tuck or other body contouring procedure. Once the fat has been processed and sterilized, it is injected into targeted locations on the hips and buttocks to add volume to these areas. This surgery helps to add curves and enhance the measurement in this area if needed to create the hourglass figure.

Once the fat has successfully grafted to the transplanted locations, these fat cells are permanent and will react to weight gain or loss just like any other fat cells in the body. To maintain your results, you will want to maintain a consistent weight and BMI.

Who Makes The Best Candidate For Hourglass Figure Surgery?

You are a good candidate for plastic surgery for an hourglass figure if you:

  • Are in good health and are free from any medical condition that would disqualify you from surgery;
  • You are near your goal weight;
  • You have enough excess fat to contour and/or remove to enhance the shape and measurements of your hips and buttocks;
  • You understand the limitations of the surgery;
  • You have a healthy emotional outlook;
  • You are aware of and are dedicated to doing what it takes to promote your healthy recovery and the maintenance of your hourglass figure results.

What Is Involved In The Recovery From Surgery For An Hourglass Figure?

  • Patients will need to follow all the instructions that were provided by their surgeon on activity restrictions, wound care, water submersion, and more. Failing to follow these directives to the letter can result in inadequate healing and undesirable surgical results. Some of these directions may include;
  • Make sure you wear your compression garments as directed. These special garments are designed to mitigate bruising, swelling, and pain, helping your recovery to progress faster and more smoothly, delivering the results you want;
  • Avoid strenuous activities, namely those that your surgeon specifically includes in your post-surgical care directions. If you attempt to engage in an activity that is not approved, you risk opening incisions or wound infection. These will not only delay your recovery but also impact your final results;
  • Ensure that you do not sit or lay on areas that have newly transplanted fat cells or put too much pressure on the healing incisions. This will damage the work the surgeon has completed and result in unexpected or disappointing results;
  • Make lifestyle choices that are healthy and will promote recovery, including eating a diet that is nutritionally balanced, getting enough sleep, and staying hydrated. This will give your body everything it needs to heal properly and help maintain your results long-term;
  • Avoid smoking because it slows down the healing process and is a danger to your health.

How To Best Maintain Your Hourglass Figure

Maintaining the results of your surgery for an hourglass figure will take some patience and dedication. You will need to avoid junk food, eat healthy, and practice other lifestyle habits that will promote weight maintenance so you stay as close to your post-surgery weight as possible. Once you are fully healed and have received clearance from your surgeon, you can begin incorporating cardio and targeted exercises into your routine. which will help you tone and maintain your new figure.

If you need a touch-up or desire additional body contouring, non-surgical procedures such as Physiq or Evolve can help melt fat and smooth out targeted areas. Both work without the use of surgery and harness the energy of radiofrequency or electronic muscle stimulation to help eliminate unwanted fat and provide enhanced tone and definition to the areas treated.

Where Can I Go To Get Body Contouring Surgeries And Procedures For An Hourglass Figure?

SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics can help you obtain the figure of your dreams. Dr. Angelina Postoev, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, offers the surgeries and non-surgical treatments necessary to give you the results you want. Set up a consultation today to talk about your aesthetic goals and let us create an individualized plan to help you reach them. SurgiCare Arts & Aesthetics has locations in the metro Atlanta area, Loganville, Georgia, and in Tampa, Florida.

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