It’s often assumed that losing weight would be the most apparent solution to resolving the appearance of hip dips. However, as their appearance is somewhat due to the shape of the pelvis and skeletal structure, some people may find that burning the fat directly on the hips can further accentuate the appearance of the indents.
You can also build up muscle in the gluteus medius which may help to fill out the area to a certain extent, but this is unlikely to yield dramatic results. One of the exercises that could improve their appearance is known as the side hip opener or ‘fire hydrants’. This exercise will target your outer thighs, sides of the buttocks and hips to reshape and tone the area. For this exercise, you should kneel on all fours. Raise and extend one leg to the side by 90 degrees, and then lower it back to meet the other leg keeping the leg bent. Repeat this 15 times before switching and repeating on the other side. You may wish to add ankle weights to increase resistance.
If you find kneeling on all fours difficult, you could try standing side leg lifts and add ankle weights to increase difficulty. Standing in one position, cup your hands together for support. Extend your right leg to the side by approximately 45 degrees and then lower it again. Repeat this 15 times before switching and repeating on the other side.
The appearance of hip dips can be improved significantly with a fat transfer procedure. This operation requires general anaesthetic and recovery takes approximately four weeks.
During your consultation, we will discuss the donor sites in which fat will be removed. The operation is usually performed to enhance the size of the buttocks but can also reposition fat into a more aesthetically pleasing position. Donor sites often include the flanks, hips, inner thighs, outer thighs and arms.
To fill out hip dips, fat is extracted with liposuction. It is then re-injected back into the indentations below the hip bone (and the buttocks or breasts if desired). Approximately 60-80% of the fat that is transferred will remain, but the body will also reabsorb some. The amount of fat that remains varies from patient to patient.
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