Can Iliac Crest Reduction Be Done To Reduce A Wide Pelvic Area?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I recently made a post on Real Self, about the possibility of reduction of the iliac crest. You response was very helpful, and you said focusing on the augmentation of the hip was probably a better idea. I am still curious if reducing the iliac crest is possible? I want talk more about that. I find that even if I get a hip augmentation, my pelvic area squares me out too much, making my waist area non existent. I look forward to hearing back from you. 

A: I would not disagree that your iliac crest bone position is actually the ‘problem’. Hip augmentation is a camouflage approach for making the iliac crests appear less wide and was only suggested because it is a less traumatic procedure. But I would agree that it is actually not the best procedure. Iliac crest reduction can be done but the incisional burden to do it and the postoperative discomfort from it makes it a questionable aesthetic procedure.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana