Everyone wants to sculpt an hourglass figure. However, neither diet nor exercise can help you if your genes come in the way. The convexity of the hip ensures that the measurements of the bust and hips appear the same. However, if you have a concave indentation along the hip line, you won’t end up with the body shape you desire. That’s where hip dip surgery can help you.
Before anything, you should know that these indentations right below the hip bones are a normal part of the body. It’s not a medical condition that needs corrective surgery. As with everything else, the debate on this part of the body started on social media. It’s similar to the “thigh gap” trend that popped up in 2013.
“Hip dips”, “hip divots”, or “violin hips” are not something that you need to worry about. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to like them. Many women find them unattractive. With hip dips, they are unable to achieve their desired silhouette. Therefore, they look for a solution to smooth out or fill up the inward curve on the upper part of their leg.
What Are Hip Dips?
When you think of the female body, the image that pops in your mind has an outward curve around the hip that goes back into the thigh. Not everyone’s body looks the same way, though!
Hip dips or trochanteric depressions are inward curves below the hip bone and above the upper thighs. The anterior of the pelvic bone is concave – inward curvature. Thus, hips dips are normal and natural.
If you do or do not have hip dips, it does not mean that you are overweight or underweight. They exist because that’s how your skeletal system is. Therefore, it is not something that you can fundamentally change about your body.
The reason why some people have them and others don’t have to do with their genetics. In some people, the hip dips are more prominent because of the presence of excess fat. If you have love handles, the accumulation of fat on the sides of the abdomen and hip area, the indent will become more prominent. Similarly, muffin top, the accumulation of fat above the hips, can make the indent more visible. Diet and exercise can help here to reduce the appearance of hip dips.
Even after losing weight, there’s no guarantee that you’ll end up with a smooth outward curvature. That’s because your muscle mass also determines the shape of your silhouette.
What Causes Hip Dips?
That’s because, naturally, the pelvic bone is indented inwards. That’s what results in the dip of the skin. It comes down to the structure of your bone.
Since the shape of the pelvis is concave, why doesn’t everyone end up with hip dips? That’s because of the width of the hips, muscle mass, and distribution of fat across the hip area. Moreover, the tighter attachment of the muscle underneath the skin to the trochanter of the femur is what results in an indent. This ends up creating the shape of a “violin.”
What Is Hip Dip Surgery?
To get rid of hip dips, you can get a cosmetic surgery known as hip dip surgery. Usually, the board-certified plastic surgeon combines liposuction with a fat redistribution technique, known as fat grafting, to perform this cosmetic surgery. However, the surgical procedure can be done with liposuction alone to get rid of the unwanted fat.
In this plastic surgery, nothing will be done to change the natural shape of the pelvic bone. However, the muscles and fat in the region are adjusted to eliminate the hip dip. Either the fat is injected or removed in this fat grafting plastic surgery. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your face-to-face consultation before the surgery. Overall, the procedure can take 3-4 hours.
Fat Removal to Get Rid of Hip Dips
First, the patient is given general anaesthesia. Then the plastic surgeon will perform VASER liposuction, a minimally invasive fat removal procedure that uses ultrasound energy to remove fat from the “dipped” area. This will give the patient a more smooth and defined body shape.
If the patient is also getting Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) hip augmentation, the surgeon can put the fat from the dip area into the buttocks. This is if the violin hips can be fixed with the insertion of fat. Your surgeon will discuss these options with you during consultation.
Fat Insertion to Get Rid of Hip Dips
Depending on the hip dips and the needs of the patient, the surgeon may inject fat to the hip dip through fat grafting and liposuction. Fat is taken from those areas of the body where it is unwanted or in excess: thighs, abdomen, or buttocks.
A patient can also combine abdominal liposuction or tummy tuck with hip dips surgery. The excess fat from the abdomen is injected into the inward hip curvature for an outward curve.
Therefore, fat transfer can work in different ways for different cosmetic procedures. The patient can combine two surgeries. The fat from one area of the body is put into another.
Is There A Non-Surgical Alternative to Hip Dip Surgery?
There is a non-surgical alternative to fat grafting: artificial fillers. However, they only offer temporary results. Thus, a patient might end up unsatisfied with this non-surgical hip dip removal.
Who’s A Good Candidate for Hip Dip Surgery?
People above the age of 20 who are already at their ideal weight make good candidates for this surgery. The patient also shouldn’t smoke and have good circulation. They need to inform the doctor about any medications that they’re taking, especially blood thinners. The skin should have good elasticity. It is important that the patient’s in good health.
What is the Recovery Process After the Procedure?
The surgery injects the fat into the hip dips or removes it using VASER liposuction. In both cases, there’s no need for incisions. However, you will have only one stitch on the surgical areas. The stitch is dissolvable, so you should look after it.
After the treatment, you may experience pain and bruise in the surgical areas. You may have bruising for more than 2 weeks, but it depends on the sensitivity of your skin. Other side effects include swelling and bleeding. Refrain from exercising, and entering pools, saunas, and hot tubs for some time. Also, make sure to keep the surgical site clean and dry.
When Will You Be Able to See the Result of Hip Dip Surgery?
During the recovery, the swelling will take some time to go away. You need to wait for at least 3 months to see the results of the procedure. However, it can take longer. Therefore, do not expect to see immediate results during the recovery.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that your body may end up absorbing some of the fat transferred to the hip dips. Usually, you can expect 50-70% of the fat transfer in the area to ‘take.’ Of course, your surgeon will keep that in mind and transfer fat accordingly. The indentations won’t disappear right after the injections. It will be some time before you get that hourglass figure. Patience is key.
How Long Do the Results of Hip Dip Surgery Last?
Hip dip surgery yields permanent results. However, you need to eat a balanced diet and exercise to maintain the results. Even after the absorption of some fat by the body, you’ll see the results of the surgery.
Can I Lose Hip Dips With Exercise?
If you’re hesitant about getting a hip dip procedure, you might be wondering if exercising can help you. Exercises that help build muscles and lose fat in the area can make the hip dips less prominent. This doesn’t mean that you should start doing every glute exercise available on the internet.
You should only do those exercises that focus on strengthening the entire lower body. You can try side squats, bridges, fire hydrants, and lunges to grow the muscle and pronounce the curvature of your silhouette.
When exercising, do keep in mind that hip dips are a result of the bone structure. There’s no way you can change that. Exercise can help, but it does not guarantee that hip dips will completely go away. You might need surgery otherwise.
What is the Cost of Hip Dip Surgery?
If you’re getting hip dip surgery with Longevita in Turkey, the treatment package starts from £3000. In our London clinic, the package starts from £7000.
To Sum Up
Having hip dips is not a health issue. It’s how the pelvic bone is shaped. However, many women do not find their appearance attractive. It doesn’t let them have a curved, defined silhouette. Muscle mass and fat distribution play a role in the appearance of hip dips; exercise and diet don’t always work.
Therefore, you can have hip dip surgery with Longevita. Book your free consultation and get a treatment quote by contacting us.