Knee Liposuction

Knee Liposuction

Many patients are unaware that liposuction can be used to remove fatty deposits above and around the knee cap. Knee liposuction, however, is a procedure which can successfully alter the leg line from the thigh to the calf, giving the patient results that may not have been achievable through diet or exercise. The best candidates for knee liposuction are patients who are within twenty-five percent of their recommended weight and have skin with the necessary elasticity to rebound after surgery. Knee liposuction may be performed on males and females who are at least eighteen years of age and in good health.

Preparing for Knee Liposuction

It is best to limit smoking and alcohol for two or more weeks prior to surgery. The doctor will probably order urine samples and blood work to be done several days before the scheduled operations. On the morning the liposuction, patients should follow the preoperative instructions that have been given by the doctor. They should also ask a friend to drive to the procedure and be available to transport them home once the surgery is over. Patients should never take any type of anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin before surgery because these medications may thin the blood and lead to more profuse bleeding.

During the Knee Liposuction Procedure

Surgeons usually use a local anesthetic to numb the knee area, but if liposuction is to be done on other areas of the leg at the same time, twilight sleep or a general anesthetic may also be used. After the numbing agent has had time to take effect, two tiny cuts will be made on each side of the knee. Through these, the surgeon will manipulate a cannula which is attached to a pump. This device liquefies the fat through one of several different methods and then sucks it away. Once the knee has been proportioned as desired, the incisions are closed with a couple of stitches. Then, the surgical area is tightly bandaged. The whole process could take less than an hour.

Following the Knee Liposuction Procedure

Most patients are able to walk immediately following this type of liposuction. Mild pain can be controlled by prescription medications for a day or so or with over-the-counter drugs. Doctors ask patients to wear a compression garment until healing is well under way, but most who have had knee liposuction can return to normal activities within a few days. Although laser liposuction does not require stitches, if they have been used, they will be removed within a few days. The swelling and discoloration first evident after knee liposuction should diminish rapidly, and patients will begin to see results within weeks. Final results should be visible by the six month mark.

While knee liposuction does carry some of the same risks as other surgical procedures, these are rare occurrences. Excessive bleeding, blood clots, infection, allergic reactions, and scarring are all possible, but unlikely. Patients with uncontrolled diabetes or immune deficiency disorders are at a higher risk of complications.