What procedure can remove fat around the knee area? (photo)

I have very fat knee area in the inside and I can't wear short skirt or skinny jeans. This is killing me all my life. I need to do something to get rid of that fat and have my legs straight. Diet doesn't help. Thank you very much.

Doctor Answers 11

Liposuction for the Knees

Although you don't see all that much discussion about it on the Web, plastic surgeons often remove fat from the knee area with liposuction. If this is the only procedure you need to feel better about your appearance, it should be very straightforward and involve an easy recovery. You will almost certainly be very happy with the results.

You absolutely do need to find a plastic surgeon with great credentials and lots of liposuction experience, then plan a personal consultation. Even if you only want to concentrate on the knees, you need expert treatment to assure a great outcome. And it could be that you would benefit from additional liposuction which would be logical to plan at the same time, or you may even want to consider a thigh lift. It doesn't appear that you "need" one, but it is certainly impossible to make a definitive recommendation based on one photo.

The ultimate decisions about the extent of cosmetic surgery are always yours to make--but do take advantage of the time you will have in consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. There's no better way to learn about options.

Elliot Jacobs, M.D.
New York Plastic Surgeon

New York Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

What procedure can remove fat around the knee area?

An exam would be best for this evaluation.

Liposuction results are highly surgeon dependent. Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of liposuction and liposuction revision procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for the picture.

I believe that you will make a good candidate for liposuction, it will benefit your knee area. Ho ever I would like to see additional pictures to see if maybe an inner thigh lift can pull your skin upwards in order to remove the ripples at the knee area.

Dr. Campos

Jaime Campos Leon, MD
Mexico Plastic Surgeon
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It is hard to assess from the photos you may be a good candidate for liposuction or thigh lift combined with lipo.  Schedule an appt with a board certified plastic surgeon in your area for consultation.

Antoine A. Hallak, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Remove fat around knee area

Hello and thank you for your question.

I'm not sure how good a candidate you are for liposuction of the knees based on your picture. However, in general, liposuction is the treatment for stubborn fat deposits in that area. I recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon in consultation to get more specific answers to your questions which can best be addressed after a thorough history and examination is performed.

Best of luck to you

David L. Cangello, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Knee Woes

Good question and a common concern. Although a consultation is ultimately necessary to determine what's right for you, typically liposuction of the medial knee area will resolve your issue. It does rely on good skin elasticity to achieve an optimal result and this usually is not an issue unless you've had significant weight gain and loss at some point in your adult life. Locate a Plastic Surgeon, Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and schedule a consult. He or she can outline what options are most realistic for you. Best of luck!

Jonathan R. Fugo, DO
Newburgh Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

Fat knees

Your photo suggests that liposuction of your knees may help. It can however leave the skin loose. A combination of muscle building and liposuction may be best. See a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for specific advice. Best wishes. 

Elizabeth Morgan, MD, PhD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

What procedure can remove fat around the knee area?

Many thanks for the question,
You need Liposuction to reduce the fat in your thighs and around the knees.
Wish you all the best

Ashok Govila, FRCS, MCh, MS
Dubai Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Liposuction of the knees

Based on the photos provided I believe liposuction of the knee area would give you the desired result you are looking for.  Contact a plastic surgeon in your area to discuss.

Marwan R. Khalifeh, MD
Chevy Chase Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 106 reviews

What procedure can remove fat around the knee area?

Any type of liposuction could easily improve the area you are concerned about- knees medially. Seek IN PERSON consults... 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 174 reviews

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