If you are considering getting knee fat surgery or another type of cosmetic surgery to remove fat from around your knee area then you have probably already exhausted all natural means of getting rid of stubborn fat from this area.
However, in the event that you have not, then please be sure to check out some of our other articles about losing fat naturally because a lot of people have had great results following our nutritional and fitness advice tailored to this trouble area.
That being said we know that some people just can’t seem to get their desired results through natural means alone.
If this is your situation and you are considering liposuction for your fat knees, then hopefully this article helps you know what to expect and gives you some things to look out for prior to getting consultations from plastic surgeons.
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There are several options to get sexy short or skirt worthy knees again… even if traditional methods of diet and exercise have not been effective for you.
Why Does Fat Accumulate In Your Legs?
First off it is important to understand that fat deposits in the area around the knee are not exclusive to only older women, even fit young women can experience this annoying phenomena. Some scientists have accredited this primarily female problem to the way a woman’s hormones tend to affect fat accumulation in the leg and buttocks area of women.
Some women will find these fat deposits seem to accelerate after periods of their lives when hormonal changes are abundant, primarily during pregnancy and later during menopause. Because estrogen and other hormone levels are considerably different during these periods of time than any other time period of a woman’s life, it is not uncommon for women to experience more fat depositing in the legs at such times.
Why is this?
How Hormones And Insulin Receptors Lead To Fat Storage In The Legs
It has been hypothesizes that a woman’s fat cells in the thigh area contain more insulin receptors which can lead to considerably more fat gain here than other parts of her body. This can lead to the common problem of excess fat gain on the outer thighs, known as “saddles bags” or “thunder thighs” or it can lead to excess fat gain on the inner thighs, which can cause excess rubbing, chaffing, and irritation if the thighs rub together.
To make matters worse the fat can creep down to the upper, inner, or outer knee areas. This can be really tough to get rid of through focused exercise since there are no muscles directly around the knee. Your closest muscles are the lower parts of your quadriceps and hamstrings and your upper calf muscles.
Excessively fat knees can prove just as much of a problem as fat thighs in terms of beauty. Chubby knees can appear disproportionate to the rest of the legs, especially when a person has lost a significant amount of weight but is left with fat in this stubborn area.
If you have already put forth several months of real effort into diet and focused exercise in this area of your body but still can’t seem to find results then you may want to consider a type of liposuction. Liposuction still remains the most effective method of losing fat from exercise resistant areas like the knees and thighs.
The Main Types Of Knee Fat Surgery:
- Traditional Liposuction
- Smart Lipo
- Ultrasonic Liposuction
- Laser Liposuction
- Ultra Lipolyse
- Tumescent Liposuction
Traditional Liposuction has become somewhat outdated over the past few years as newer and more effective methods of lipo have been developed. A traditional liposuction procedure involves making small incisions in the skin of the target area and then inserting a tiny canola which is hooked up to a vacuum that then sucks the fat away. The downsides with this type of procedure compared to some of the ones discussed below is that is has the slowest recovery due to more bruising and swelling. It also requires larger incisions than the other methods which increases the chances of scarring. Believe it or not it can also be more expensive than some of the newer types of lipo.
Knee Liposuction Recovery
After choosing the type of liposuction you want and then choosing a board certified surgeon your are comfortable with, the next important step in your plastic surgery process is your recovery. Below are the four most important tips to ensure you experience optimal recovery from your knee liposuction.
- 2 – 3 Weeks Recovery
- Surgical Compression Leggings
- Systemic Enzymes
- Drink Plenty of Water
2 – 3 Weeks Recovery: Recovery from liposuction around the knees can take longer than other areas such as the thighs. The reason for this is because the knees are further away from the heart and they are less vascular so there is less blood flow to this area. Expect to wait from 2 to 3 weeks for the swelling to begin to subside to normal levels. Depending on the type of procedure you opted for this time period may be shorter or longer.
Surgical Compression Leggings: Most likely your Doctor will recommend one, but just in case they don’t ask them about wearing some type of compression garment afterwards to help with your recovery. They have been shown to help the recovery process.
Systemic Enzymes: You may also want to look into taking Systemic Enzymes for a month or two afterwards to help reduce swelling and scaring. These are used extensively in Europe and Japan during and after surgery to greatly reduce swelling and scaring. These enzymes actually are living enzymes your body naturally produces that eat away inflammation and fibrosis which is then removed through your body through your urinary tract. The things is after the age of 27 the amount your body makes declines over time, which is why most people start to progressively feel more aches and pains the older they get.
Why have you never heard of them? Well since they are natural they can’t be patented and are therefore not as profitable as pharmaceuticals and because of this have not gained much popularity in the US. These are something you should take for few month after any surgery, but especially cosmetic surgery since it can cause considerable swelling and has the potential for scarring. Remember, scar tissue is not only as the skin level, it can occur through out tissue and you want to avoid as much of this as possible.
Drink Plenty of Water: Since you may have quite a bit of swelling and bruising after your lipo it is important to drink plenty of water to help your body remove the waste associated with such trauma and get you healed up in the shortest amount of time possible. I may also be a good idea to ensure you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals through your food and a supplement of you chose. Help your body help you.
Possible Complications Of Liposuction
It is important for you to understand that there is risk of certain complications with liposuction. This is true of any type of surgery and although it should not scare you, it is important for you to consider them before making your decision so you are not blindsided by anything.
- Excess Swelling :
- Scarring :
- Drainage :
- Unevenness : Sometimes the might not be removed from your target area in a manner that results in an even and contoured appearance afterward. If this happens it may result in the need for follow on corrective surgery. Certain areas of the body have relatively lose skin which puts them at a higher risk for an “uneven” result. The inner thighs are one of these areas. Another thing many surgeons will recommend is to get a “skin lift” of these areas to minimize the possibility for unevenness. It is a good idea to check out some before and after photos of people who have had these types of complications so you have a good idea what we are talking about here. The skin surface can appear lumpy in these situations.
- Lose Skin
Now that you have a better understanding of what the pros and cons of the various cosmetic procedures you can better decide what the best type of knee fat surgery is for you and hopefully this helps you with finding the right cosmetic surgeon as well by being able to ask them their opinion about the type of procedure you are interested in.