Knee Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction to remove fat deposits around the knee is not as common as liposuction on other body parts, but it is becoming more popular. Knee liposuction is most often done in conjunction with liposuction to the inner or outer thighs, and many people think of it as a part of thigh liposuction. Occasionally, knee liposuction is done by itself without liposuction to other parts of the leg.

Many women have a small deposit of fat on the inside of the knee, just above the bone of the knee joint. Other women have fat deposits on both sides of their knees, just at the joint or above the crease at the back of the knee. Liposuction can remove these pockets of fat and make the leg look slimmer and straighter. The amount of fat removed from the knee varies and may be relatively small compared to the amount removed in other parts of the body. The goal is to make the leg appear thinner and symmetrical.

Knee liposuction is done similarly to other types of liposuction, and has the same risks. The surgeon uses a very thin cannula, which is inserted in tiny incisions that are hidden in the natural skin folds of the knee. The actual procedure is done with the leg in a bent position, but the surgeon will straighten the leg periodically to check on the progress. You will need to wear an elastic wrap around your knees similar to a knee brace for a week or more after the procedure.

One risk that is unique to knee liposuction is that the knee may be stiff after the surgery for a few weeks. Stiffness generally isn't a factor after liposuction elsewhere on the body. You may be told to avoid running or other lower-body exercise for 3 weeks or more after your knee liposuction.

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