Will Iliac Crest Reduction Make My Hip Bones Smaller?

Q: Dr. Eppley, Im a 32 year old transgender Man. I am wondering if it’s possible to make hip bones smaller or more narrow by shaving/removing bone from my pelvis? It’s something that I think about constantly and it bothers me a lot. Please let me know if there is anything available like this that could help narrow the pelvis.

A:The only surgical method top narrow the hip bones is an iliac crest reduction procedure. (see attached image) Whether this would be effective for you would require seeing some pictures of your hips and where you see them as the widest.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon