The Four Basic Butt Shapes

No two butts are exactly alike—trust us, we've seen a lot—but most derrières fall into these four basic shape categories:

Heart-Shaped

The heart- or A-shaped butt is typically considered the prettiest and most desirable shape. “This is what I feel to be the mode ideal shape—it’s sexy and feminine,” says Los Angeles plastic surgeon Steven Svehlak, MD. (Picture a heart upside down.) Because of the smaller waist and bigger hips, it comes closest to the universally ideal waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7. “Using a combination of liposuction around the frame of the buttocks and fat transfer to the buttocks, we can create a heart shape.”

Round

Although attractive, the round butt is second to the heart-shaped butt in popularity, according to plastic surgeons. “The round shaped butt is the one that’s more talked about," says Dr. Svehlak. "This is the shape that certain celebrities have that you see all over magazines.” 

Square

A square butt tends to look flat from the side, and almost a little masculine. Plastic surgeons find that this is the most commonly complained-about shape. “In many women with a square-shaped butt, it may be possible to use liposuction to remove excess fat in their love handles, muffin tops and lower back to achieve curvier, or even heart-shaped, buttocks,” says Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dan Yamini, MD.  

V-Shaped

This is widely considered the least attractive butt shape, which gets its look from the presence of more fat in the waist and outer thighs. This is also the most challenging shape from a surgical perspective. “Those with a v-shaped butt have few options since they are not good candidates for fat transfer,” says Dr. Yamini. "They simply have too little or too tight buttocks skin and tissue to accept fat transfer, or much reshaping."

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