“Of all the panoramas of this world, the insuperable one is, and always will be, a woman’s buttocks.”
The quote is by John B. Keane, and there’s no denying that buttocks are beautiful, and how much of a vital role they play in creating the sex-aura of men and women.
In this article we will help you reinforce your self-confidence and gain very useful insight into butt shapes so you make the most out of your buttocks. We will do so by covering:
- What determines the shape of your butt
- The different shapes according to a famous plastic surgeon
- The best-looking butt according to your body type & what clothes to wear
- The best ways to change your butt’s shape and/or size
Let’s dive right into it!
What Shapes Butt Shapes? 🍑
Like all other parts of the human body, the shape and form of your buttocks is mostly determined by:
- Your skeletal structure
- Your muscular mass
- The way your body distributes and stores fat
The pelvis is the main bone shaping the form of your buttocks, so it is mostly determined by genetics, on top of nutrition during childhood and adolescence.
Unless you exercise at the gym, muscle will play a very minor role in determining your butt shape.
The other main factor is fat distribution, for instance, whether it is mostly located on the sides, bottom or evenly distributed across your bum.
Butt Shapes: The Big 4 🤤
The Master-Mind behind the following list is Matthew Schulman, an American plastic surgeon who examined, worked on and modified a record of 50,000 bums (from 35 different countries) in his career.
Not a bad curriculum! From a medical point of view, these distinctions are important, as research conducted at Oxford University for the International Journal of Obesity has proven that round or heart-shaped butts are associated with a lower risk of diabetes or cardiovascular failure.
We will now show you the different butt shapes and what clothes fit best with each of them!
The Bubble Butt 🍑 (AKA Round Butt)
Bubble buts are mostly found in men, as associated with large hip muscles. Bubble buts are considered very healthy, as fat is evenly distributed in the lower and upper part of the ass cheeks. They are also very attractive and sought-for in men and women alike.
The Heart Shaped Butt 🍐(AKA Pear Shaped Butt)
Also known as A shaped butt, this type of butt acquires an inverted heart shape that is very attractive for the opposite sex in case of women. The butt acquires this form due to the accumulation of fat on the lower area of the bum. This tendency can be reversed in time, however, as the gradual loss of estrogen due to aging can cause fat reserves to change position and rise, turning the formed heart into a V-shaped butt.
The H Shape Butt 🍎 (AKA Square Butt)
H-shaped butts look squared as a result of a greater fat distribution in the upper part of the glutes, which makes the upper and lower part stick out evenly while the middle is not bubbly and rather flat. Square butts are not much appreciated in modern fashion but can look very pretty with the right kind of underwear.
The Inverted Butt Shape 🍓 (AKA V Shaped Butt)
If your butt acquires a V-shape and the line between your waist and your hips is inclined inwards, this is the type of butt you have, due to a greater accumulation of fat on the upper butt area. According to Matthew Schulman, this ass shape is mostly seen in people with wide shoulders and thin hips.
Butt Shapes According to Body Type
There’s 5 body types according to the standard classification, these are: the hourglass, apple, inverted triangle, pear and rectangle shapes. You can see how much they coincide with butt shapes, and that is no coincidence:
You Have an Hourglass Body
32% of women have an hourglass body shape. This means that their hip to shoulder ratio is 1:1 and they have a tiny waist. This type of body has the great advantage of being universally adaptable to all butt shapes, which partly explains why it is so sought-for.
You Have a Round Body
A round body doesn’t mean that you are overweight, as this also depends on the skeleton structure and muscle mass, which can be greater around the waist. Round bodies are known for having a half-moon shape on the sides, which makes their beauty. It is the body type of 12% of women, largely compatible with squared, a-shaped and bubble butt shapes.
You Have an Inverted Triangle Body
10% of women have this kind of body, known as the “swimmer type”, with shoulder wider than the hip. It is the only morphology which presents this characteristic, making it unique and easily recognizable. Usually, women with this kind of body have round butt shapes.
You Have a Triangular Body
This is the most common body shape, as visible in 37% of women. Contrary to the prior shape, triangular bodies get wider as they approach the waist, and show hips larger than the shoulders. This type of body usually shows bubble butt or triangular butt shapes, the square butt being an extreme rarity.
You Have a Rectangular Body
This is the rarest kind of body, as present only in about 9% of women. Rectangular bodies are characterized by an almost perfect alignment of hips, waist and shoulders, which run parallel to each other. Usually, this body naturally comes with squared butt shapes.
What If I Want to Change My Butt Shape?
The 2 best ways to change your butt are:
Dieting will only reduce mass without changing the morphology of your buttocks, meaning you will not be able to change the shape of your butt through dieting, just its volume.
Exercise is also tricky, as it will help you to gain mass at the cost of a lot of time and effort. But the buttocks are mostly made out of fat (unless you’re a professional athlete), and you cannot train your body to allocate fat in one area or another. This means that butt reshaping through exercise are is rather limited.
Butt Lift Surgery 👩🏻⚕️
The above considerations explain why plastic surgery has become a very common way of achieving butt reshaping. The most common procedures to meet this end are:
- A Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL)
- Butt Implants
According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the number of BBL surgeries has increased by 77.6% since 2015 (global figures), turning it into one of the most popular procedures.