Understanding Hip Dips Surgery

Hip dips surgery, known as hip dip correction, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at addressing indentations in the hip and thigh area. The goal? Achieving a smoother, more contoured line from the hips to the thighs.

What Are Hip Dips?

In typical body representations, particularly of female bodies, we often see a smooth, curved silhouette that gracefully curves out at the hip and back in at the thigh. However, not everyone’s body fits this mould. Hip dips, also known as violin hips, are those slight indentations around the hips, creating a dip between the hips and thighs. These occur when the skin on the hips is tightly attached to the trochanter, a deeper part of the thigh bone. Factors such as fat distribution can make these indentations more noticeable.

While hip dips themselves pose no medical risk, they can significantly impact self-esteem for some individuals.

The Procedure

Hip dips surgery, or fat redistribution surgery, involves removing fat from one area of the body and injecting it into the hip area to create a smoother contour. Alternatively, fat may be removed from the dip area to achieve a more contoured silhouette. Artificial fillers or solid silicone implants can also be used.

What’s Involved?

Typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anaesthesia, the process starts with liposuction to extract fat from areas like the buttocks, stomach, or inner thighs. The fat is then prepared for reinjection, with excess fluids removed, before being injected into the hip area through small incisions. Stitches are usually unnecessary at the injection sites.

Aftercare and Recovery

While it’s usually an outpatient procedure, you’ll need someone to drive you home. Expect discomfort, bruising, and swelling at the injection and incision sites for a few weeks post-surgery. It may take up to six months to see the full results of the fat graft.

Who’s a Suitable Candidate?

Ideal candidates are nonsmokers within 30% of their ideal body weight with good skin elasticity. However, those with recent dramatic weight loss, certain medical conditions, or a history of body dysmorphia should approach the procedure with caution.

Is It Safe?

While fat grafting and liposuction are relatively low-risk procedures, complications can occur. Common side effects include bruising, swelling, and scarring, while more severe issues such as infection are rare but possible.

Minimising Risk

To minimise complications, follow post-operative instructions carefully and choose a qualified, experienced healthcare provider.

Cost Considerations

Hip dips surgery isn’t covered by insurance and can range from £6,000 to £9,000, depending on factors like location and provider experience.

Finding a Surgeon

Look for a board-certified and licensed healthcare provider experienced in hip dips surgery. Ask questions during consultations and disclose any prior procedures or health conditions.

Ultimately, hip dips surgery can be transformative for those seeking to enhance their silhouette. However, it’s crucial to approach it with careful consideration, realistic expectations, and thorough research to achieve the best outcome.

Marie Salbuvik
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