When it comes to fluctuations in weight, stubborn fat deposits can remain, regardless of how much exercise we get. One common area that tends to hold on to excess fat is that of the knee area, as the unwanted fat cells along the knee don’t always react to increased exercise or a healthy diet. For areas of the body like this, an increased amount of fat can remain, even when patients are within the range of their ideal weight.
What’s more, the aging process can also play a roll in the appearance of saggy or wrinkly knees, which can make many patients feel the need to cover up the knees, even during the Summer months. Luckily, there are non-invasive fat reduction and rejuvenating treatments for the knee area that can help to improve the look and feel of the knees, without the need for invasive procedures or downtime. Kybella, CoolSculpting, Thermage, and BBL, all help to rejuvenate the knee area, and other areas of the body.
If you’re frustrated by the appearance of knee fat, saggy knees, or wrinkles in the knee area, or other areas of the body, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help in her private NYC office. Dr. Green is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic dermatology, including Botox, Juvederm, Kybella injections, chemical peels, acne scars, CoolSculpting, and lasers such as Fraxel and Thermage for skin tightening. Whether it be the knee area, inner thighs, upper arms, or any other area where there is loose skin and a decrease in collagen, Dr. Green can help you rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the treatment area.
How to lose knee fat
Though weight loss often affects the overall contour and size of the legs, knee fat can be tricky to shed. Unfortunately, as the knees are a joint, there is no particular exercise technique or diet that can target knee fat alone. While certain methods of regular exercise can help to improve the muscles around the knees, non-invasive in-office procedures are the best way to reduce fat when the knee is the target area.
How to get rid of knee fat exercises
Certain daily exercises can help to tone problem areas around the knees, and can help to relieve knee pain. One of the best ways to relieve knee pain is through general weight loss, which can take pressure off of the knees. When patients engage in a combination of strength training and cardio-based activities, the muscles can begin to better support the area around the knees while also slimming down the legs overall. Additionally, activities like short-burst running, biking, lunges, jump-rope, and squats can all help to tone the muscles around the legs while burning fat. Nevertheless, though these exercises can all help support the knees, none are able to explicitly target knee fat.
Can you get rid of knee fat?
Thankfully, there are a variety of in-office, non-invasive procedures that can target outer and inner knee fat, removing fat cells in the treatment area for good. Treatments such as CoolSculpting and Kybella can work to eliminate fat cells in a variety of areas of the body, and procedures like Thermage and Sculptra can help to tighten loose skin and rejuvenate the appearance of the knees.
How to get rid of knee fat
Knee fat can be removed through a variety of different non-invasive and surgical procedures, but most patients are interested in non-invasive solutions that require virtually no downtime and have results that last. Additionally, both surgical and non-surgical procedures can be supported by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, leading to knee contouring and rejuvenation that lasts.
What is the best non-invasive fat removal?
When is comes to non-invasive fat removal, the most popular method is that of CoolSculpting, also known as fat freezing. As the American Academy of Dermatology notes, “Non-invasive fat removal can be used on just about any area of the body. The belly, flanks (love handles), thighs, chin, neck, back, upper arms, and knees are all treatable.” For most patients, Dr. Green suggests combining CoolSculpting for knee fat reduction with Thermage and Sculptra in order to both sculpt and rejuvenate the knees.
CoolSculpting for Knee Fat Reduction
CoolSculpting is an innovative, FDA-approved fat reduction treatment that effectively “freezes” and eliminate fat cells through the application of cold temperatures. This process, also known as cryolipolysis, takes advantage of the higher freezing temperature of fat cells when compared to other cells of the body, and allows the fat cells to be destroyed and eliminated through the body’s own metabolic processes. CoolSculpting is the gold standard for non-invasive fat reduction procedures, and can be applied in a variety of areas of the body, including along the outer thighs, inner thighs, knees, abdomen, buttocks, back, and upper arms for easy and convenient body contouring.
Depending on the area being treated, CoolSculpting may require more than one treatment session, but the results of CoolSculpting continue to improve for up to six months after a CoolSculpting procedure, and the results are permanent. Additionally, CoolSculpting is able to temporarily improve the appearance of cellulite in treatment areas such as the buttocks or upper thighs. Though CoolSculpting is not a replacement for weight loss, it can be an excellent option for patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle, are within 30lbs of their ideal weight, and are looking to eliminate stubborn fat.
Thermage for Knees & Thighs
55-64 year old woman – Thermage in thigh & knee area – 3 months
For those who struggle with sagging knees or wrinkles in the knee area, Thermage skin tightening treatment may be an excellent treatment option. Thermage uses radiofrequency energy in order to ignite the body’s own natural collagen production, which in turn improves skin elasticity and tightens excess skin. When skin elasticity is restored, the skin becomes firmer and the appearance of winkles and sagging are reduced. After a Thermage treatment session, patients can experience both immediate results, and continued improvement for months to come, with optimal results that last up to two years post-treatment.
Scultpra for Treating Wrinkles in the Knee Area & Volume Loss
Another excellent non-invasive treatment for sagging or wrinkles knees is that of Sculptra injectable treatment. Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler that uses poly-L-lactic acid to stimulated new collagen production in treatment area. Sculptra’s targeted treatment slowly boosts collagen production, leading to results that reach their optimal rejuvenation within the first few months post-treatment. Sculptra is an excellent option for patients who don’t have a lot of excess skin, but rather require restored volume to the treatment area.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Green might success a combination of CoolSculpting, Thermage and Sculptra knee rejuvenation treatment, or may even recommend the use of Kybella, a fat-eliminating injectable for smaller pockets of fat. Through a combination treatment plan, Dr. Green is able to create a non-invasive “knee lift” that can transform the appearance of your knees and legs overall.
How to get rid of knee fat with Knee Liposuction surgery
A knee liposuction procedure is a surgical procedure that is akin to thigh liposuction or any other liposuction procedure, where fat is surgically removed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. In the case of plastic surgery on the knees, typically Vaser liposuction is used, which consists of small incisions in the treatment area, the insertion of a small cannula in order to loosen fat deposits, and the suction removal of fat cells in order to remove excess fat. However, this cosmetic surgery requires general anesthesia, ample downtime (including the use of a compression garment), and does not guarantee permanent results. Since liposuction is an invasive procedure, there are systemic and local side effects that need to be carefully considered before treatment.
Can you have fat removed from your knees with Lipo?
Though fat can be removed through knee liposuction, the increased medical risk, cost, and recovery time tend to make non-invasive knee fat procedures much more appealing. With safe and highly successful non-invasive fat reduction procedures like CoolSculpting and Kybella available, why worry about going under the knife? Dr. Green is an expert in non-invasive fat removal and skin rejuvenation methods, and will work with you to ensure satisfactory results without the need for invasive cosmetic surgery.
How much is knee fat removal?
The cost of knee fat removal varies widely depending on the techniques being used, as well as the desired aesthetic results of the treatment. Typically, CoolSculpting can cost between $750-1000 per treatment area, depending on the size of the area being treated. Please contact the office of Dr. Green directly to inquire about any CoolSculpting specials. For patients receiving permanent fat reduction treatment and incredible skin rejuvenation, the results are well worth the cost.
Who is a good candidate for non-invasive knee fat removal?
Ideal candidates for non-invasive knee fat removal are healthy adult patients who struggle with unwanted fat, in the knee area. An excessive amount of fat, or excessive skin laxity, may preclude you from being a good candidate for CoolSculpting. If you are a good candidate for CoolSculpting, Thermage or Sculptra injections, they are safe and effective procedures and provide wonderful body contouring results. When you work with Dr. Green, she’ll be able to discuss your medical history, as well as your individual needs and goals, to determine the best treatment plan for you.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of fat around the knee area, or other areas of the body, there’s finally a solution that can help. Dr. Michele Green has over two decades of experience in cosmetic dermatology, including one of the first dermatologists in NYC to treat patients with CoolSculpting, Kybella, and Thermage FLX. Dr. Green is consistently voted one of the best dermatologists in New York by New York Magazine, Super Doctors, Castle Connolly and the New York Times.