Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
Many people choose to get liposuction to achieve skinnier legs. However, the procedure can specifically target fat deposits above the knee, which undermines the definition of the legs.
In this article, we’ll explain how liposuction can offer the ideal solution for patients looking to sculpt the excess fat above their knees.
What Causes Fat to Develop Above the Knee
Factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, ageing, menopause, and pregnancy can cause weight gain. As such, they may notice that an amount of fat has accumulated above and around the knees.
Does Exercise Get Rid of Fat Around the Knees?
The effect of exercise on decreasing fat varies greatly from person to person. While there are no exercises that only target knee fat, there are many exercises you could do to tone your legs and hence your knees. For example, lunges, squats, and running are a few of the many ways you can improve the muscle tone in your legs.
More importantly, losing weight requires a healthy diet personalised to your body. If you are struggling to lose weight in general, you may benefit from a consultation with our nutritionists.
Cosmetic Surgery for Fat Above the Knee
Benefits of Knee Liposuction
The knees often contain stubborn pockets of fat that are unlikely to go away with diet and exercise. Therefore, knee liposuction is ideal for removing these small pockets of fat, which can dramatically improve the appearance of the legs by making the knee bone more prominent.
Knee Liposuction Procedure
The procedure will be performed under general or local anaesthetic or sedation. First, the surgeon will create tiny incisions around the inner knee to insert the suction cannula. Afterwards, they will suction out the excess fat in the area with the liposuction device before stitching close the incisions.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Last?
The results from liposuction are permanent, as the fat cells are permanently removed from the body. Whereas, dieting or exercise will merely shrink the fat cells in the area, which will expand if you gain weight.
Since gaining weight affects the results of liposuction, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle following the surgery. It’s unlikely that you will gain fat in the treated areas. Rather, the fat will accumulate in other areas of the body, thus distorting its proportions.
Liposuction Recovery Time
Following your liposuction surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the treated areas. These symptoms will begin to dissipate in a few days, with most patients being able to go back to resume office work and light activities after one week and strenuous activities after 2-3 weeks.
Schedule a Consultation with CREO Clinic Today
If you have knee fat that you would like to get rid of, book a consultation with Dr Omar Tillo to discuss your suitability for liposuction. As a body contouring expert, Dr Tillo specialises in liposuction surgery, having performed the procedure on all areas of the body, including the knees.