Appearance: Excess fat that is localised on the inner face and on the knees which can sometimes hinder walking.
Surgery: This surgery involves removing the excess fat through aspiration, using small metal tubes, known as cannulas, of various sizes. The incisions are 3 to 4mm long.
Length of the operation: 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Anaesthesia: The surgeon will recommend either a general, local anaesthesia, or an epidural and sedation may be recommended.
Description: At first, the surgeon will inject a medicated saline and adrenaline solution. This allows the fat to be removed more easily and helps reduce bruising. Through tiny incisions (Two, three or four) made in the crease of the popliteal (area behind the knees) the excess fat is gently vacuumed.
Finally, the surgeon closes the incisions using dissolving thread and places firm supportive dressings over the incisions and places a tight panty girdle.
Post-Operative: If the operation is minor, you will usually be admitted on the day of surgery and stay until early evening as an outpatient. Otherwise, there tends to be a 24 hour hospital stay. Pain killers are administered on demand and the dressings are changed during your stay in hospital. You must wear the girdle for 15 days to 1 month. You will see definite results at the fourth month after the operation.
Observations: Warning: This surgery does not make you loose weight. This procedure primarily helps refine the knees. It should not be considered in the case of obesity. Pain following surgery may be quite consistent though it does lessen as the weeks go by.
Risks: Bruising and some pain on movement. In some cases, though rare, infections may occur. There could also be some skin irregularities if aspiration is too superficial.