Do These Shorts Make My Knees Look Fat?

K. Mathews on 13 Jul 2012 at 12:00pm

Summer weather means shorts, which requires showing off those legs -- a thought that can incite terror for some people. Unfortunately, no matter how many squats or lunges one does, fat and saggy skin around the knees can be as persistent as cellulite, driving some to the plastic surgeon for a way to take care of it.

If you’re knee-insecure, here’s what you need to know about the options that can make summer clothes a little more bearable:


knee liposuction

Liposuction can be a successful procedure on the knees, but you have to be careful where you have it done. 

Dr. Ronald Shelton says lipo on the inner knees "responds nicely," but he warns that performing it on the upper knee “may cause hanging skin."

As for the procedure on the whole, he stresses that “NO guarantees can be made, unfortunately, as each patient heals differently.”

Read more: Can Liposuction Be Done on the Knees?


Skin Tightening

Thermage before and after

Chubbiness isn’t the only issue people have with their knees--sagging skin can also be an irritant. Demi Moore was rumored to have had a knee lift to correct this problem, but doctors say that's not an ideal solution.

According to Dr. George Beraka, when it comes to sagging knee skin “surgery is not an option because the [resulting] scars are unacceptable.” Instead, he recommends Thermage for some minor improvement, assuming that the patient has “very realistic expectations.”

Read more: Plastic Surgery for the Knees?



cellulaze before and after

Cellulite around the knees is a tricky issue. Pre-Cellulaze, Dr. Hisham Seify said that “endermologie techniques and Velashape could help to a certain extent” if the patient isn’t expecting a major transformation.

However, doctors are now recommending Cellulaze as the best solution for cellulite. Plus, with a 94% Worth It Rating, reviewers seem to think is actually works. 

Read more: How Do I Get Rid of Cellulite Around My Knees?

If chubby or aging knees are something you want to address with a cosmetic procedure, your best bet is to consult with a trusted doctor who can recommend the right course of action (assuming you’re an appropriate candidate). Don’t hesitate to ask for before and after photos because the general consensus among the doctors is that removing fat around the knee leads to more subtle results, and you ought to decide whether it’s worth the time and money for you.

Photo credits: Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD; Margaret Weiss, MD; Mario Diana, MD