What Are Hip Dips? Why Do We Get Them and How Can They Be Fixed?
What Are Hip Dips? Why Do We Get Them and How Can They Be Fixed?

What Are Hip Dips? Why Do We Get Them and How Can They Be Fixed?

Natalie Berry

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The American Florence Griffith Joyner waves at the crowd as the carries the American flag after setting a new Olympic record and winning the gold for her 10.54 performance at the 100 meters race of Seoul Olympic Games. The American Evelyn Ashford won the silver medal and the German Heike Drechsler won the bronze.
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What Are Hip Dips Anyway?

Known formally as trochanteric depression, hip dips refer to those indented curves along the outside of upper thighs, right below the hip bones. They create shadows and a visible dent on each side of the glute muscles, making the butt area appear less full.

What Causes This Dipping?

Hip dips occur because of bone structure combined with how fat distributes. The dents emerge because that is where tendons attaching gluteal muscles to the hips stretch over our trochanter bone. The lack of padding causes the indented look which gets more pronounced if we store less fat around the hips and thighs.

Can Hip Dips Be Removed?

The short answer? Not without cosmetic intervention. Hip dips form because of unchangeable factors like skeleton shape and genetics. The spaces arise naturally from how our muscles, fascia and fat attach in that spot.

No amount of squats or bands will alter hip dip hollows if they’re built-in to your body blueprint. Adding more mass to the upper thighs and glutes helps reduce appearance but won’t fully erase them. Even very fit, curvy women can have hip dents – just search Olympic sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner!

The only way to truly “fix” hip dips involves fillers or a surgical procedure called lipofilling to pack fat cells into the divots. But this carries risks like fat embolism where injected cells release and embed in other tissue.

Why We Should Embrace Our Dips

Here’s the real tea – hip dips are totally normal and nothing to fixate on! Though our culture pushes narrow beauty standards, the vast majority of women have hip hollows without realizing. Underneath the edited pics, even the Kardashians sport hip dips!

If you really examine bodies around you, indents of all kinds are more prevalent. As long as hip dips don’t cause pain, they don’t need “treatment.” Learning to celebrate the body you inhabit lets youchannel energy into pouring joy and passion into each day rather than chasing an unrealistic ideal.

You are lovely as you are, my sweet friend. Let your uniqueness shine bright as a diamond!

Natalie Berry

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Natalie Berry
Passionate about transforming lives through physical therapy.

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