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How Many Vials of Sculptra I Need to Round Out My Hip Dips?

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Sculptra may have been formulated for erasing fine lines and wrinkles, but its application goes beyond facial problems. The FDA-approved dermal filler has proven effective in introducing volume for the pecks, buttocks, and even hip dips. 

Hip dip contouring is considered one of the most successful examples of off-label use for Sculptra.

So, how many Sculptra vials are required to needed to fill out hip dips? A total of 20 to 30 vials are recommended to really achieve an hourglass figure. 

Don’t let the vial count fool you: traditional methods like hip implants are twice as expensive and nowhere near as effective. 

In this article, we discuss everything you need to know about Sculptra, and how this magical dermal filler can eliminate your hip dips for good. 

Achieving Rounded Hip Dips

Are Hip Dips Caused By Excess Fat?

Unlike other problem areas like “muffin tops” and “thunder thighs”, hip dips are not caused by a higher body fat percentage. Even people with little to no body fat have hip dips. In fact, hip dips are more prominent in people with lower body fat percentage, because the dip between the hip bone and thigh bone become more pronounced due to less volume provided by any significant amount of fat. 

Hip dips are a product of anatomy. The shape of your pelvis defines the prominence of your hip dips. These indents are dictated by your bone structure and muscle mass. 

Ways to Fill Out Hip Dips

Since hip dips are based on a person’s bone structure, it can be difficult to achieve the shape that you want without cosmetic help. Exercise can minimize the appearance of hip dips, specifically those that target the thighs and buttocks.

Exercises like squats, lunges, and deadlifts increase muscle mass around these areas. As a result, the area around the dip looks fuller, which can improve the appearance of the indents.

Note that the dip doesn’t really go away. Unlike excess body fat, it will remain a part of your body. Modifications in diet and exercise only help with its appearance, but these in no way remove the dips from your body.

Why Choose Sculptra

While exercise helps with common problem areas such as excess waist, stomach, and arm fat, hip dips require a little more than your average sweat session. Everyone’s anatomy is different, which means different bone structures may not benefit as much from exercise. The amount of muscle a person puts on may not be enough to achieve one’s desired curves.

More importantly, the space where the hip dip occurs is hard to target through exercise. Although certain exercises such as side lunges and side leg raises can be useful to enhance muscle growth around this area, it will not effectively target the actual site of the hip dip. 

On the other hand, an injectable like Sculptra can specifically target this area and stimulate collagen production. Results are more accurate and easily controllable, allowing you to dictate how your hips look from start to finish.

What Is Sculptra

Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler. Its primary purpose is to refill lines and wrinkles by boosting collagen production. Sculptra is most commonly used for correcting wrinkles and folds on the face. 

Unlike botox, Sculptra doesn’t rely on muscle immobilization to reduce the appearance of fine lines. The injectable uses a specialized acid called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to restore lost volume in the face. Reintroducing a naturally occurring ingredient like hyaluronic acid beneath the skin surface allows the face to reinforce its cell structure, which restores overall complexion into a more youthful glow. 

Learn more: Non-Surgical Sculptra Butt Lift: Augment Your Natural Curvaceousness

Is It Safe to Use Sculptra On the Hips?

Yes. Although Sculptra was formulated for treating facial lines, more and more dermatologists are using this dermal filler to augment other parts of the body. New York City surgeons are using it on men to shape calves, pecks, and biceps. 

Compared to implants, Sculptra leads to much better results because implants harden over time, which could reduce muscle mobility. On the other hand, Sculptra produces natural-looking results that won’t affect movement.

Aside from hip dip application, Sculptra is also being used to fill in flat buttocks. Compared to surgical methods like Brazilian Butt Lift, Sculptra is a hassle-free way of lifting and adding more shape to the buttocks.

Benefits of Sculptra for Hip Dips

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  1. It’s non-surgical and minimally invasive: Unlike hip implants, Sculptra doesn’t require surgery. There is no downtime, allowing you to resume your daily activities the same day you get your treatment. No anesthetics are required for Sculptra; the formulation is directly injected onto the hip dip using sterilized needles. 
  2. Results are effective but subtle: Sculptra works by building healthy tissues that fill in the hip dip area. Results gradually show in 2-3 weeks, leading to natural results that only get better with time.
  3. Allows limitless contouring: The best part about using Sculptra for rounding out hip dips is the flexibility it offers for hip contouring. Because the filler is injected and not implanted, you have more control over your end results.
    After every session, you can consult with your dermatologist and observe how your body is reacting to the Sculptra treatments. Future sessions can be augmented based on your current results. With Sculptra, you’re able to achieve the exact contour you want without any problems. 
  4. Creates tight, firm tissues: When Sculptra results start showing, you’ll notice that the tissue growing around the targeted area is firm and taut. Even so, you are able to maintain mobility in this area even with the new muscle growth. Unlike implants, no restrictions will be applied to the targeted area.
    The filled out hip dips will look lean and taut, giving you a complete hourglass figure, without affecting lower body movement. Targeted areas will also look especially smooth and useful thanks to the PLLA formulated in Sculptra solutions. 
  5. Results are long-lasting: Results can last up to two years. Touch-ups one to three times a year are recommended to keep your hip’s new shape. 
  6. Practically Painless: Sculptra treatments are practically pain-free. Minor discomfort can be felt from the injections, but the pain is insignificant according to the majority of patients. 

Who Qualifies for Sculptra Hip Dip Treatments?

Sculptra is the perfect solution for people who want to round out their hip dips without going under the knife. Anyone can achieve the hip dip transformation with just 2-3 sessions of Sculptra injections.

This procedure is especially useful for individuals with little to no excess fat. Transplants require fat harvesting, which could prove difficult for patients who already have a low body fat percentage since their bodies don’t have enough fat deposits for fat withdrawal.

Sculptra is a no-frills answer to rounding out one’s hips. The treatment only involves consultation and the actual session, requiring no incisions, harvestation, or transplantation. 

Cost and Quantity

Each Sculptra vial retails for $600-$800 depending on how many vials will be used throughout the treatment session. Dermatologists recommend 8-10 vials per session for up to three sessions. Sculptra costs vary depending on a person’s body composition. 

End Your Hip Dip Problem: Choose Ethos

Talk to us and learn more about Sculptra and its wonderful application on hip dip contouring. At Ethos Spa, we believe that every person should feel comfortable in their own skin. Our goal is to give you the body you deserve, one Sculptra injection at a time.

Get in touch with us today to understand how you can benefit from Sculptra.  

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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