When you search “hip dips” on Google in New York, you will come across millions of results flying at you. Around 40,000 people search for the term “hip dips” every month, proving how largely this aspect of the body looms on people’s minds. Some people call them hip divots, or say “violin hips” –– all this refers to the minor depressions superior to the outer hip and inferior to the hip bone. If you have hip dips, there’s nothing wrong with you; you may be in perfect shape, but, due to genetics, your body simply features these indents that don’t seem to go away no matter what you try.

Even though there’s nothing wrong with them, it’s understandable to want a solution to hip dips. When you’re wearing tight jeans, leggings, or form-fitting dresses, they can appear particularly pronounced. This can get in the way of those snatched, hourglass curves many of us are working towards. With full backsides being the rage on social media across the US and particularly in NYC, it’s easy to start feeling insecure. A lot of models in New York have to keep their body fat low and many deal with hip dips by turning to medical cosmetic procedures to attain the highest beauty standards. Others turn to fitness trainers or nutritionists for a solution to hip dips, only to find that their solutions aren’t as effective as they might’ve hoped.

Sculptra hip injections are a minimally invasive volume-building method that is often used to add protrusion to the hip dips. Even if you’ve heard of Sculptra before, you may not realize that it can also do the same for your hip dips, transforming them from narrow or ill-defined hips to smooth and rounded!

WHAT CAUSES HIP DIPS?

You may have heard of the term hip dips, or even turned around in front of the mirror wondering if you have them. Let’s clarify what exactly “hip dips” refers to, and why some people have them in the first place.

Hip dips are indents on the lateral region of the hips and are due to the structural anatomy of the pelvic bone. If you look at a diagram of a pelvis, you will notice that, between the ilium and the femur, there is an inward concave; from the outside, this can appear as either a shallow or relatively deep dent. All pelvic bones are structured this way, but because of varying amounts and distributions of fat, some individuals appear to have rounder hips. Less volume in the hips can be due to an overall lack of fat, minimal muscle mass, or simply because you tend to accumulate fat in other areas.

What largely determines the appearance of hip dips is your genetics, which affects your skeletal structure and fat distribution. Your genes play a role in how big the space between the greater trochanter, the ilium, and the hip socket is. It also impacts the size and angle of your greater trochanter (located at the top of your femur) and the length of your femoral neck. Wider distance between these bones can make hip dips more conspicuous.

While hip dips largely have to do with your skeleton, certain pockets of fat can either reduce or exaggerate their appearance; love handles, for example, those bands of fat that sit laterally to the abdomen can make hip dips look more pronounced. Others carry fat around their hips in such a way that allows them to look rounded; this kind of fat storage is inherent to your genetics and hormones, and not something you can control.

While it doesn’t indicate anything about your health or level of fitness, many people are bothered by the appearance of their hip dips. This inward slope can interrupt the hourglass figure look that so many of us strive for. Fortunately, cosmetic procedures like Sculptra can supply that extra volume you crave.

Sculptra hip dips injections

HOW CAN YOU ELIMINATE HIP DIPS?

While hip dips are normal, natural indentations, many of us would rather do without them. Building up the prominence of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and tensor fasciae latae muscles through some exercises can aid in the bulking of muscle mass in this area, which may minimize the look of hip dips. Squats and lunges, for example, can increase volume in the lower body, particularly the gluteus medius. However, this can only slightly impact hip dips and probably won’t disguise them completely as it’s mostly secondary to fat coverage rather than muscle bulk.

Gaining weight can add volume around the hips, but this all has to do with your body’s natural fat storage. Contrary to what many New York based blog posts and YouTube fitness tutorials might have you believe, there is no way to selectively add or reduce the volume in one specific spot through dietary supplements or workouts.

So what is a reliable fix for hip dips? Sculptra has been around as a tissue volumizer since 1999, and has been FDA approved for aesthetic use since 2009. Sculptra is an injectable, minimally invasive method of adding volume to your hips by promoting collagen synthesis. This can create a booty lift as well as elegantly curved hips, virtually wiping out hip dips.

HOW DOES SCULPTRA FILL IN HIP DIPS AND RESTORE VOLUME?

Sculptra is an injectable solution that consists of a biocompatible, absorbable, and biodegradable polymer known as poly-L-lactic acid, or PLLA for short. It is not the same thing as regular filler; rather than directly adding volume through the filler compound itself, PLLA brings about the production of collagen in the body also known as neocollagenesis by causing a foreign body reaction. This reaction stimulates fibroblasts, which are the connective tissue cells responsible for the synthesis and remodeling of collagen.

Collagen is a prominent protein that supports the structure of the body. As we get older, the natural levels of collagen in the body decrease – that’s why so many of us lose elasticity and support in our skin over time. Restoring collagen in the body can make areas, like the hip dips, more plump and arched.

Because of its promotion of collagen and connective tissue support, PLLA is also often used for wound healing and dermatological treatment methods. It can add volume to the face in cases of facial lipoatrophy, which befalls HIV-positive patients. Sculptra filler is commonly applied to correct pre-jowl sulcus, hollow cheeks and temples, marionette lines, infraorbital regions, nasolabial folds, and other fine lines and wrinkles.

While initially used mainly in facial rejuvenation, Sculptra is nowadays also often used to boost volume in the buttocks, decolletage, arms, hips, and knees. This makes it ideal to round out hip dips and achieve ideal body contours. Once volume restoration is achieved, the body simply reabsorbs PLLA by breaking it down to water and carbon particles. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SCULPTRA, HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS, AND BOTOX?

Sculptra, hyaluronic acid fillers, and Botox injections are all used for facial and body contouring, as well as combatting signs of aging. While often used for similar purposes, these minimally invasive treatments are not wholly alike. Each comes with its own benefits of unique function, and knowing the distinctions can help you and your physician decide which one can best help you achieve your beauty goals.

The poly-L-lactic acid that makes up Sculptra sets off a gradual process, the results of which may not be apparent for another 1 to 2 months after treatment. Rather than act as a physical filler, it boosts collagen production in the body, which, in term, adds dermal thickness and volume. This adds plumpness to the hip dips and buttocks, adds softness or roundness to bony regions, and smooths out signs of aging in the face.

Hyaluronic acid fillers, on the other hand, provide instant results. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrophilic substance, meaning it builds volume in the treated area by absorbing and integrating water into its structure. It also keeps skin hydrated and youthful. HA fillers are often used to fill out hollow under eyes, thin lips, fine lines, and to contour the lines of the chin, cheekbones, and jaw.

Botox is an injection of botulinum toxin that smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles, primarily in the face and neck. It functions by inhibiting certain nerves or paralyzing muscles, stopping the contractions that cause folds and wrinkles to form. Because of its muscle relaxing qualities, Botox can also be used to treat certain chronic conditions such as migraines.

All of these treatments are temporary, but Sculptra tends to last the longest –– around 2 years. This can be compared with the average 6 to 12 month longevity of HA fillers, and 4 to 6 months for Botox. Hyaluronic acid fillers can also be dissolved earlier using hyaluronidase. When it comes to hip dips, Sculptra is the best option because of its durability and collagen stimulating properties.

HOW SCULPTRA IMPROVES APPEARANCE OF HIP DIPS

Hip dips occur due to a lack of volume around the lateral region of the pelvis. This is mostly outside of your control –– while exercising may help build up some muscle mass, you can’t change the way your body stores and distributes fat. This is where Sculptra filler injections in New York can help by adding mass to the hips for a fuller, rounder appearance.

When Sculptra is injected into the hip region, the poly-L-lactic it contains induces intrinsic synthesis of new collagen; this collagen surrounds particles as a 3D matrix to keep them from breaking down and allowing the injected hip dips area to grow in size. PLLA also gradually increases the amount of fibrous tissue and serves a dermal matrix to thicken the dermis. Sculptra hip dip injections have been shown to increase dermal thickness three-fold, resulting in a plumper appearance of the skin.

The surgical alternative to Sculptra for hip dips is a Brazilian Butt lift; this invasive procedure necessitates a transfer of fat from one area of the other via liposuction, which is a lengthy and complex operation. In addition to the risks and downtime that come with such extensive surgery, many patients are technically unable to have this procedure as they lack enough fat on the body for such a transfer. Sculptra is the more convenient and efficient method of volume growth especially in correcting hip dimples. 

After getting Sculptra, your hip dips will be filled out and augmented with results lasting for around 3 to 4 years. Change in appearance is not immediate, but it does become apparent within the first month or two of injections. Many see this as a benefit rather than a drawback –– the more gradual the change, the more natural it will appear to outsiders, as if simply achieved through exercise. PLLA particles begin to break down between 6 and 9 months after a Sculptra session. Dr. Schwarzburg, a renowned cosmetic dermatologist practicing in New York notes that the effects and longevity of Sculptra on hip dips depend on your body’s natural contours, foreign body response, and the number of vials used.

Depending on how lofty your body goals are, you may want to schedule multiple Sculptra treatments; you should make these at an interval of 4 to 6 weeks from each other, or wait until your outcome is clear before scheduling maintenance visits to retain those desirable results.

Sculptra hip dips treatment

HOW MANY VIALS WILL I NEED TO FILL IN MY HIP DIPS WITH SCULPTRA?

Sculptra is mixed with water and has to be injected subcutaneously, which means directly into the fat under the skin. The number of vials you need for your Sculptra session depends on how deep your hip dips are and how much space you want to fill, and how much volume you wish to create. In general, patients do require around 10 to 30 vials to smooth out their hip dips; this estimated amount is supported by studies that concluded that a minimum of 20 vials is needed for visible hip dips augmentation. These usually aren’t injected all at once, but rather over the course of 2 to 3 sessions. This ensures a gradual and natural progression in growth.

Some patients will need more than 30 vials, while others can achieve their desired silhouette with only about 4-10 vials. Dr. Schwarzburg notes that everybody’s anatomy is different, and will respond uniquely to this treatment, and that many patients at his private NYC practice start with an average of 8 vials of Sculptra for hip dips correction. It is difficult to predict exactly how significant the impact of Sculptra will be until a few months later – during a follow-up visit, you can add more Sculptra filler for a more pronounced effect. While everybody responds well to Sculptra filler there are some important factors to keep in mind. Sculptra hip dips results depend both on the number of vials injected and the body’s intrinsic response to PLLA molecules. Injecting too many vials during a single session can lead to suboptimal results as Sculptra particles get clumped and instead of stimulating collagen production they simply remain stagnant. PLLA compound needs space in between the molecules to properly induce intrinsic immunogenic reaction. 

WHAT IS THE COST FOR SCULPTRA HIP DIP INJECTIONS?

A lot of us are already used to shelling out money to adjust our body contours. If you live in New York you know there are so many quick, but futile fixes to make your hip dips look better. They include personal trainers, gym memberships, shapewear, and trendy, expensive diets, we often don’t realize how much money we spend trying to look our best. A solution like Sculptra injection does come with a price tag, but it’s often worth it to finally get the permanent results you’ve been searching for without doing all the fad, but worthless activities.

The cost of 1 vial of Sculptra is around $800 to $1000 on average. Most patients need around 6 to 12 vials per session to fill in hip dips. Some patients are completely satisfied with their results after just 1 session; others need 2 or 3 until they are happy with the size of their hips. Another factor to consider when it comes to pricing is the location and reputation of the clinic you visit. If the medical practice is located in a large metropolis like New York the costs will be higher. Per Dr. Schwarzburg whose private cosmetic dermatology office is located in NYC a board-certified physician or dermatologist will likely be more expensive than a nurse practitioner, as they offer many years of experience and specialized knowledge about the procedure. Paying a bit extra for high-quality expertise helps ensure the best outcomes.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE TO GET SCULPTRA FOR HIP DIPS?

If you struggle to create an hourglass figure despite hitting the gym, doing targeted exercises, and curating your diet, you have probably figured out that there are certain aspects of your anatomy that are simply inherent and can’t be affected much by any of the activities. You might have a bone structure featuring prominent femurs, or your body stores fat in such a way that creates a concavity in the lateral region of the hips. If that sounds like you, you may be the perfect candidate for a Sculptra hip dip treatment. Many patients also use Sculptra for a subtle booty lift, rounding out the glutes and hips at the same time. This is an easy alternative to surgical methods of body contouring, as Sculptra requires no downtime or risky invasive procedures. It’s suitable for those with a busy life who are looking for a convenient, low-risk solution for a more flattering silhouette.

Not everybody is eligible for Sculptra injections. If you have several allergies, including allergies against lidocaine or medications, you are at risk for adverse reactions. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or a minor, you are also not a viable candidate for Sculptra. Having a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation, or skin that is actively infected or inflamed prevents you from being eligible for the procedure. To avoid possible adverse reactions and discuss all possible contraindications, always have a consultation with Dr. Schwarzburg before considering cosmetic treatments like Sculptra. At his NYC medspa he will provide you with the best insight for your particular case and whether Sculptra hip dip correction will be a good option for you. An experienced doctor will also have a substantial understanding of gluteal and pelvic anatomy that will prevent intravascular injection into the gluteal vessels as well as damage to the sciatic nerve.

Most common side effects of Sculptra hip treatment include minimal bruising around the injection area, post-procedural redness, or transient tenderness. Some people may develop a rash or temporary acne breakouts. 1% to 2% of patients have experienced nodule formation, likely due to shallow injections into the superficial dermis. On rare occasions, patients might develop an infection, which can be treated with a short course of antibiotics.

CAN I ADD VOLUME TO HIP DIPS BY WORKING OUT?

If you search “hip dips” or “violin hips” on YouTube, you will instantly be barraged with hundreds of videos on how to “fix” your hip dips through specific workouts and exercise routines. The truth is that, while certain exercises can help lift your bottom and increase the muscle mass of your glutes, they are unlikely to create volume in the hips.

Some of the most common exercises to target the thighs, hips, and buttocks include clam lifts, lunges, squats, side leg lifts, and deadlifts. Doing these regularly can help you achieve definition in these areas and create more toned buttocks. By slimming down the waist and love handles, you may be able to reduce the prominence of hip dips, although fat loss can sometimes make them more obvious. Overall, these exercises are unable to change the skeletal structure and natural fat distribution that causes hip dips. Furthermore, hip dips are not an indication of health – you can be perfectly healthy and in shape, while still having hip dips.

If you wish to create volume in the hips for a more balanced figure, Sculptra is a clinically proven solution that involves no surgery or extensive recovery period. As Dr. Schwarzburg explains some of his New York City patients need several rounds of Sculptra to get the curvaceous figure they’re looking for – others are happy with just a subtle change. For those who want a curved silhouette that also features muscle tone, you might want to look into EmSculpt.

BODY CONTOURING TREATMENTS THAT CAN BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH SCULPTRA?

The pressure to have the “perfect body” can seem overwhelming at times. You find yourself having to do cardio to lose weight around the middle, sweating through deadlifts to build up curves in the hips, and going through diets and beauty routines to achieve plump and bouncy skin. Even with all this effort, a lot of us never see the results we’re hoping for, simply due to the unavoidable effects of genetics and aging. Luckily, there are several treatments outside of just Sculptra that can help in the realm of body contouring –– and ones that are minimally invasive at that!

While Sculptra helps fill out volume deficiency in the hip area, some of us have volume we would rather get rid of –– such as banana rolls, love handles, double chins, or pudge around the arms. CoolSculpting is a completely non-invasive fat reduction method that has surged in popularity in recent years. Using controlled cooling applicators, CoolSculpting eliminates fat cells using cryolipolysis, or fat freezing, technology. Cold temperatures penetrate fatty tissue to kill off fat cells, which are eventually digested by the body for permanent results. For more minimal pockets of fat, Kybella can also be used instead of, or in conjunction with, CoolSculpting. These injections can reach small areas that cannot be easily treated with a CoolSculpting applicator.

You can even build up muscle without having to pay for a gym membership. EmSculpt and CoolTone are both designed to give muscles a workout by stimulating muscle contractions via the deliverance of electromagnetic pulses. These treatments burn fat while improving muscle tone in the abdomen, thighs, and glutes.

IS SCULPTRA FOR HIP DIPS WORTH IT?

Sculptra filler for facial and body applications proved its efficacy and longevity over multiple clinical trials. Moreover, numerous online reviews clearly demonstrate that patients are extremely pleased with their results and that most would do it again if they have an opportunity. The satisfaction rate for Sculptra hip dips is far above the average for similar procedures and approaches an unprecedented 95% approval rating. If you are one of the many patients who’s been searching for a solution to fill your hip dips then you should strongly consider Sculptra filler to finally fix those dents with a treatment that doesn’t involve surgery or any downtime. Unlike other biocompatible products, Sculptra filler will last you anywhere from 2-5 years and even beyond so that your investment is totally worth it!

CAN SCULPTRA GET RID OF CELLULITE?

Cellulite refers to dimpling, bumps, or creases in the skin that afflicts most of us at one point or another. Like hip dips, cellulite is harmless and often a result of genetics, hormonal imbalances, or weight loss. Despite it being a totally normal phenomenon, cellulite can feel unsightly and make many of us feel insecure and desperate to cover up. Sculptra isn’t intended as a cellulite reduction tool; however, you may want to consider a QWO treatment in conjunction with Sculptra. QWO injections redistribute fat cells, promote collagen growth, and release fibrous brands to smooth out cellulite and even skin texture. When used in the hips and buttocks, this can further elevate and enhance the effects of your Sculptra hip dip or butt lift treatment for a flattering figure.

HOW CAN I START THE PROCESS OF GETTING SCULPTRA FOR MY HIP DIPS?

Dr. Schwarzburg at New York based Skinly Aesthetics cosmetic dermatology clinic has been helping patients sculpt the silhouette of their dreams for years using Sculptra –– and all this without the risks and complications posed by surgery. He knowledgeably performs minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, drawing upon a vast well of experience and expertise to help patients like you improve the appearance of hip dips and other aesthetic deficiencies. Visiting a board-certified cosmetic physician like Dr. Schwarzburg, along with the caring staff at Skinly Aesthetics, will help you finally find the outcome you want while being able to get insightful answers to any questions or concerns. We are located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, NY. Schedule your consultation to discuss your body goals and health history to see if you are a candidate for Sculptra today –– you can call Dr. Schwarzburg at (212) 774-4264, or shoot him an e-mail at info@skinlyasethetics.com.