Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes excess pockets of stubborn fat are consistently popular. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) 2014 statistics, liposuction was the third most popular cosmetic surgical procedure performed by ASPS member surgeons.
Although the abdomen is the most popular area of the body targeted for liposuction, the procedure can be performed on almost any area of the body that has areas of fat that have not responded to positive changes in diet and exercise habits. Some of these more popular areas include the hips, thighs, back, and buttocks. However, many people may not immediately think of the knees or calves as areas of the body that may also be aesthetically improved by liposuction.
General Liposuction Procedure
The basic liposuction procedure is similar, regardless of the areas of the body being targeted for fat removal. Dr. Vincent Marin will make small incisions at the areas of the body where the fat will be removed. He will then insert a thin metal tube, called a cannula, through the incisions and gently vacuum out the fat. In some cases, ultrasound or low-level lasers may be used beforehand to help melt the fat, making it easier to remove. Liposuction can be done alone, or in conjunction with a body contouring procedure, such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift or arm lift, to remove excess loose skin and tissue after the fat removal.
Tumescent Liposuction for the Knees and Calves
For fat removal from the knees and calves, a specific procedure called tumescent liposuction is often used, due to the fibrous structure of the knees. Dr. Marin will first inject a mixture of a local anesthetic (usually lidocaine) and epinephrine into the areas around the knees and calves where the fat will be removed. This combination will not only numb the areas where the fat will be removed but also causes the skin and underlying fat to swell, making it easier to remove.
Healing Time after Knee or Calf Liposuction
For most other areas of the body, patients will begin to see results within four to six weeks, once the majority of the initial bruising and swelling has subsided. However, in the case of liposuction of the knees and calves, this healing process might take anywhere from three to six months before patients see the final results. In some cases, there can often be problems with circulation, which can lengthen the time it takes for bruising and swelling to fully subside. Dr. Marin recommends that patients do their best to move around and take light walks as possible soon after a liposuction procedure in order to improve circulation and prevent blood and fluid from pooling in the extremities.
Liposuction can help patients put the finishing touches to show off the efforts of all their hard work to get in better shape by eating right and exercising. Liposuction for the knees and calves will give patients the confidence to show off their legs along with the rest of their body.