Knee Liposuction – An Overview

Knee Liposuction – An Overview

For lots of people, the legs are what makes or breaks a person’s appearance. That’s why women (and even men) go through lengths to keep their legs up to par with beauty standards. Having slender legs makes one appear taller and younger. Through dieting and exercise, many have managed to maintain the beauty of their legs. However, some parts of the legs accumulate fat deposits that are almost impossible to get rid of through normal fat loss techniques; for instance, the knees. Fortunately, knee liposuction makes it possible for people to retain slender legs and less bulky knees.

Knee Liposuction Before and After: How It Works

Liposuction on knees is more complicated and difficult to perform than liposuction done on other parts of the body. This is because the knees contain many ligaments, tendons and blood vessels. Maneuvering around them takes a lot of skill and experience, which is why most surgeons charge more for knee surgery or liposuction than other types of cosmetic surgery.

Besides the added difficulty and risk factors, the basic procedure is similar to those of liposuction done on other body parts. Tiny incisions are made around the knee area. Through a surgical device called a cannula, fat deposits are literally sucked out through these incisions. Before initiating the vacuuming process though, these fat deposits are first broken down through various means:

  • Ultrasound
  • Laser
  • A motorized cannula
  • Water jet pulses

Once broken down, the fat deposits are then sucked out and the tiny incisions closed up. Due to the small size of the incisions, there’s no need for any stitches at all and the incisions heals fast.

Through the now widely accepted tumescent technique (a sub-procedure which involves the use of localized anesthesia), there’s no need to administer general anesthesia. Patients can stay awake and remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure.

Factors That Affect Knee Liposuction Cost

With this form of liposuction knees feel better and look slimmer. As for the cost, it varies, depending on several general factors, including the following:

  • The state in which the clinic is located. Labor laws and guidelines vary from state to state. Hence, surgeon fees also vary, depending on where the clinic is.
  • How good the surgeon is. Expertise plays a very big role in the cost of cosmetic surgery. Knee liposuction is no exception. The more experienced and the more successful procedures the surgeon has had, the more expensive his service becomes. After all, you’d definitely want to avoid getting stingy about surgery, for your own sake.
  • How complex the procedure is. This depends on several other factors too. Normally, if a patient has had knee liposuction or any other forms of knee surgery before, the cost increases as the surgeon would have to work around the existing incisions (and scars, if there are any). One other major factor that affects the complexity of a knee liposuction procedure is the patient’s health condition, the evaluation of which is done pre-surgery.