As beauty standards continue to reach all-time highs, hip dips have now been added to the list of the supposed “bodily flaws” that you need to work on. Perhaps you might not have heard of this term or thought it was something that needed fixing. However, with the current trend going around about having to get rid of hip dips, you may start to think that having these means that something is wrong with your body.

That’s not true. Hip dips are a normal occurrence and are something that you can or should easily get rid of. Furthermore, they’re largely determined by your build and genetics — major factors that you cannot change, to say the least.

This article will let you know what are hip dips, including their causes, and whether or not you can remove them.


Hip dips, also referred to as violin hips or hip divots, are natural depressions or indents that occur on the exterior part of your upper legs, just slightly below your hip bone. Some people believe that the reason for such indentations is due to how the hip skin is more tightly connected to the femur’s greater trochanter.

Even so, the appearance of hip dips is a normal part of body structure and may even vary in appearance. For instance, some people have less noticeable hip dips, while others have evident hip dips and appear as big indentations.

Whether they’re noticeable or not mainly depends on the bone structure of your femur and pelvis. You can enhance the appearance of your hip dips based on how your body distributes fat or muscle mass.


Generally, hip dips result from your skeletal anatomy, which is largely determined by your genetics. Particularly, having hip dips depend on:

  • Fat distribution
  • Width of your hips
  • Size of your greater trochanter
  • Length of your femoral neck
  • Muscle mass
  • Distances between your ilium, hip socket, and greater trochanter

The factors listed above determine the shape of your buttocks and hips, as well as your hip dips. In most cases, they are noticeable in those with greater vertical distance between the hip socket and ilium and those who have broad hip bones. The greater trochanter’s positioning, size, and angle can also influence their visibility.

Unlike what people usually believe, hip dips are usually associated with lower body fat storage in such areas since there’s less fat to fill the gap. Furthermore, fat storage in the body is highly hormone-based and genetic, which means that your ability to store fat in this space is beyond your control.


While there are exercises that can help you lessen the appearance of hip dips, you won’t be able to get rid of them completely. Moreover, you can’t control where and how your body stores fat.

Despite many online websites and videos promoting the “secret” to removing hip dips, the truth is that no amount of diet, lifestyle habits, or exercise will change your skeleton’s inherent shape.

Knowing this information will help you understand why you have hip dips and also come to terms with its normalcy. Instead, you should focus on certain things you can do to make your hips stronger and healthier.