A Comprehensive Guide to Different Butt Shapes and Enhancement Options

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June 30th, 2024
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Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

Not satisfied with the shape of your butt? You aren’t alone. Whether you don’t like your current body shape or want something rounder and fuller. Many individuals everywhere lean on the help of plastic surgery and treatments to help aesthetically enhance the shape of their buttocks.

In this article, we’ll explore the different common butt shapes and the facts that affect the overall look and feel of your butt. Here’s everything you need to know about the different butt types.

The Anatomy of Butt Shapes

The buttock contains muscles, nerves, connective tissue, fat and blood vessels. The largest muscle is the gluteus maximus. This muscle is responsible for the look, feel, and overall booty shape. The less developed the gluteus maximus is, the more it impacts the overall butt shape. Glute exercises can help tighten and strengthen the muscles in the buttocks. Building these muscles can also help lessen the appearance of cellulite and help you achieve a rounder, more voluminous bottom.

Factors That Affect the Shape of Your Buttocks

Many factors contribute to the shape of your buttocks. One of the more obvious factors is genetics. Your fat distribution and skeletal structure are commonly decided by your genetic makeup. You may also notice a change in the shape of your buttocks as you get older or with hormonal changes. However, modifications to your lifestyle and exercise routine can help strengthen your gluteal muscles and help you achieve a fuller, rounder shape.

4 Common Butt Shapes

four common types of butt

Most shapes fall into one of four different butt types. Your booty shape is determined by your bone structure, muscle mass and fat distribution. Here’s how the four different butt shapes compare:

A-Shaped (Heart)

A-shapped butt type

A-shaped butts are fuller on the bottom and have a narrow top that resembles the shape of a heart. This shape is common for individuals with a wider pelvis and a smaller waistline. A-shaped butts are very similar to round butts, except they are slightly more curvier. Many individuals can achieve this popular butt shape with different glute exercises or plastic surgery.

V-Shaped (Inverted)

V-shapped butt type

V-shaped butt shape is fuller at the top and has less volume in the lower butt cheeks. With this butt shape, you may notice that your butt cheeks closely resemble an inverted V shape. While this isn’t the most desired shape, it is one of the most common. Most individuals with V-shaped buttocks have broader shoulders tapering to narrow hip bones. Your hip bone and overall fat distribution may also lead to this shape.

H-Shaped (Square)

H-shaped butt type

H-shaped or square shaped butts have a boxer and a more athletic appearance. The curves are also much less pronounced than other buttock shapes, which may cause the shape of your butt to closely resemble the shape of an H. Individuals with H-shaped butts often struggle with hip dips or love handles. This can be challenging to live with. While you can build muscle mass and adjust your workout routine, you can’t change the shape of your hip bone. If you want to enhance the look of your H-shaped buttock, it’s best to schedule a consultation with your plastic surgeon.

O-Shaped (Round)

O-shaped butt type

O-shaped butts are round and full. The fat is evenly distributed on every side of the butt cheek, creating a curvier appearance. This appearance is achieved by finding a perfect balance between fat and muscle distribution. If you’d like to achieve a rounder buttock, you can consider incorporating more glute exercises into your routine or getting implants.

How to Change Butt Shape?

Not satisfied with the current shape of your butt? Don’t worry. There are a few different steps you can take to enhance the appearance. Depending on your unique anatomy, some butt shapes may be easier to achieve than others. It’s best to consult with a plastic surgeon so that they can examine your anatomy and provide expert recommendations.
Some changes you can consider are:

Healthier Lifestyle

A well-rounded diet and regular exercise can help you maintain a healthier weight. It can also help improve the look and feel of your buttocks. If your goal is to achieve a firmer, rounder butt consider incorporating more glute exercise in your weekly workout routine. If you know what butt shape you want, there are also specific exercises you can add to your routine to help you achieve your desired appearance.


Sculptra is an FDA-approved non-surgical procedure that uses dermal filler to stimulate collagen production in the body. This procedure can also help reduce the appearance of cellulite, fine lines, and wrinkles on the buttocks. Sculptra is commonly used on the face to fill in wrinkles but can also help you achieve a rounder, plumper buttock appearance. The results are long-lasting and require minimal downtime. Most patients can return to everyday activities after a few days and notice an aesthetic difference for up to two years.

Brazilian Butt Lifts (BBL)

A BBL uses liposuction and fat injection to transfer fat from one part of your body to another. With this cosmetic procedure, you can adjust the appearance of your buttocks while also removing fat from other areas. A BBL provides a more natural look and can be great for achieving a more sculpted finish. Since there are some risks with the procedure, it’s also recommended to go to a professional board-certified plastic surgeon for the procedure.

Butt Implants

For patients that do not have enough excess fat for a BBL, a plastic surgeon may recommend butt implants. Butt plants are typically made out of silicone. They are surgically placed to increase the size of your buttocks and improve the overall aesthetic appearance. While the results are long-lasting, most individuals need at least one month to fully recover from the procedure.

As with any procedure, there are some risks and complications associated with using aesthetic plastic surgery. If you’re considering a surgical procedure to enhance the appearance of your butt, schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon today. A plastic surgeon will explore the options and provide recommendations based on your body proportions and desired aesthetic goals.

Why Choose Us?

For years, Dr. Bell has helped individuals enhance the appearance of their buttocks. As one of Canada’s most renowned cosmetic surgeons, you can feel confident that you’ll achieve your desired aesthetic results. From the consultation to the post-op – Dr. Bell will be there for you. Schedule a consultation today to get started.


What Is Considered The Perfect Butt Shape?

The most popular butt shapes are O-shaped and A-shaped. Most individuals want a fuller, rounder appearance that complements their body type.

How To Tell If Your Bum Is Muscle Or Fat?

Muscle is thinner and more defined. If you pinch your buttock and it feels firmer, then your butt is likely made of more muscle than fat. However, if you pinch your butt and it feels softer or sponger, it’s more fat than muscle.

What Are Hip Dips And How Do They Affect Butt Shape?

Hip dips are commonly referred to as love handles. It’s an extra layer of fat that is found on individuals with an H-shaped butt.

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Dr. Thomas Bell, MD

Dr. Thomas Bell has been one of Canada’s most renowned cosmetic surgeons for 35 years. He prides his excellence on the harmonious balance of vision, aesthetic appearance, and patient care.

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