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Body contouring for transgender people

Transgender people may seek out options for body contouring. This is especially true for people who have loose or saggy skin after significant weight loss in the course of a gender transition. Trans women sometimes opt for non-surgical options to reduce abdomen fat. Nonsurgical procedures may cause skin to look loose after, in which case patients may need surgical procedures to tighten the skin.

Non-surgical procedures

  • Cryolipolysis (fat freezing)
  • Laser lipolysis (fat melting)
  • Radiofrequency lipolysis (fat melting)
  • Injection lipolysis (fat dissolving with deoxycholic acid)

Surgical procedures

  • Liposuction
  • Facelift
  • Arm lift
  • Breast lift
  • Tummy tuck
  • Lower body lifts (abdomen, buttocks, thighs)

Ideal candidates

  • Healthy adults whose weight loss has stabilized
  • Nonsmokers
  • People with realistic goals
  • People with a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise)


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (

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