How to Eliminate Fat Pads by Knees?

will fat pads behind &side of knee be elimited with a thigh lift & will lipo cause spider veins in that area as well? Had a lower body and a thigh lift and now I still have the fat pads by the knee as well as the spider veins which I did not have before

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Liposuction is great for the fat pads around the knees

Liposuction is very good to remove the excess fat from around the knees. This is frequently done with a thigh lift.

Fat pads of knees

After massive weight loss dealing with the fat pads by the knees can be difficult. In thin patients with good s kin tone liposuction may be beneficial. However often an excision is required in massive weight loss patients.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Fat pads around the knee

The fat pads in the front, inner and outer knee can be improved with liposuction. If the skin is loose, then it can be excised, particularly when it is in the inner knee. Excising fat and loose skin in the front of the knee can be done but tends to leave significant scars. Fat pads behind the knee are uncommon and are rarely treated due to the important nerves and blood vessels that are found there. If you already had a thigh lift, ask your surgeon if a bit more work could be done around the knees (sometimes it can be done as an office procedure).

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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The Management Of Knee Fat Pads

We occasionally see patients who are bothered by fat pads along their medial knees. These fat pads sit directly on top of a boney prominence known as the medial condyle. Unfortunately, these fat pads can be extremely noticeable when women wear shorts and above the knee skirts. For this reason, women are frequently motivated to address this problem.

When this problem occurs, treatment options are limited. In most cases, liposuction is the best available option. This procedure needs to be approached with caution to avoid the development of skin sag in the medial thigh area. If knee skin sag does develop, surgical excision of excess skin will be necessary as well.

If you're concerned about knee fat pads, it's appropriate to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that addresses your anatomic deformity and achieves your aesthetic goals.

Richard J. Bruneteau, MD
Omaha Plastic Surgeon
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