What is the recovery time for knee liposuction?

Has anyone had this procedure done? I am curious how long I will have to be off my feet. I am going to put in for a few vacation days at work but want to make sure I give myself enough time to properly recover. Thanks, in advance, for the advice!


F, 45, New Jersey

Tags:woman age 35-44 excess knee fat recovery

Many people, especially women, have knee liposuction performed on them every year here in the United States. Therefore, be at peace. You will not be an experimental patient if you choose to do it.

It is good to be curious, even nervous about the length of time you are likely to take to heal completely. Though you may be able to get back to work after 7-10 days, you will have to put up with a little discomfort for a few more weeks. The process and period of recovery from a knee liposuction differ from patient to patient. This is often determined by the age, skin elasticity, and how much care you accord your knee after surgery.

During the recovery period, you will also experience visible swelling for a few weeks up to a few months. This swelling will decrease gradually, and the results will be visible after 6 months. Most patients may develop some bruising and swelling that could last a few weeks. To manage the pain, you will require prescribed pain medication for the first few days.

I recently decided that I needed to lose weight. While I lost the majority of the weight through diet and exercise, there were still areas with stubborn fat and loose skin that I wanted to get rid of. One of the most noticeable areas of fat was at my knees. I was interested in knee liposuction because it could get rid of the fat cells and excess skin that I was unable to remove through exercise. I scheduled my procedure during the same time as my vacation. Small incisions were made in the knee area for the fat removal. I took two weeks off from work. I knew beforehand that this procedure would require more than a couple of days of downtime. This procedure required 2-to-3 weeks to recover. During this time, I spent the first couple of days lying in bed with my legs propped up on pillows. It was around day 4 that I was able to start moving around again. I made it a point to not stand around for long periods of time.

After losing a bunch of weight, I still had some stubborn areas and loose skin that seemed to be retaining fat, most notably my knees. I was really interested in getting a knee liposuction procedure done to help, but as a school teacher, missing several days was just not feasible for me to do. As my close friend and weight loss partner had recently had the same procedure done, I took her advice and waited until the summer months when the kids would be out of school and I would have several weeks to rest post surgery. It's certainly not a 1, 2, or even 3-day recovery period that is required after having lipo to the knee area. You're looking at more of a 2 to 3-week (at least) rest period post-procedure, including bed rest for the first couple of days and keeping your legs raised on pillows to keep your blood flowing to the area while you heal. To avoid possible complications the doctor told me it was important to allow the healing process to take place and not to rush back to being on my feet a lot.

I recently got knee liposuction to remove some excess fat from my knees. The doctor recommended combining it with thigh liposuction to increase the aesthetic look of the leg, but I opted to leave that for another time. The techniques they used was tumescent liposuction to the knee. I was given a local anesthetic which was great because I was very scared of being put under with general anesthesia.

After getting liposuction done on my knees, I needed to be off my feet for about 5-7 days. After that, I was back at work and resumed all of my normal activities, only at a modified pace. The recovery time is essential since there will be some swelling, soreness, and minor discomfort. For the first few days that I was back to being up and around, I did need to slow down a little. The swelling did last longer than a week, and I knew that overexertion would only make it worse. With all things considered, the recovery was fairly simple. The important thing to remember is to go slow at first. I sat down with my feet up for a few minutes if I needed to throughout the day.

I decided that knee liposuction was definitely the right procedure for me. After consulting closely with a board certified plastic surgeon, I was told that the recovery time was going to take approximately 2-3 weeks to recover from the procedure. There are different techniques that could result in longer recovery periods. I think it depends on how much knee fat that you have removed but I would venture to guess it also has to do with what recovery techniques you use in order to expedite your recovery. I made sure to never sit your stand for long periods of time because I wanted to keep my blood circulating and keep the swelling down. I would also make sure to massage my knees as often as I could (again to reduce the swelling and prevent blood clots). And of course, which is the case when you get liposuction in almost any area, I wore compression garments over my knees.

Due to my skin elasticity, and the fact that I'm still pretty young, I was feeling recovered within 10 days which is a lot speedier than expected. While I still had some minor discomfort in the weeks following, it was nothing that I couldn't handle. I'm so glad that I decided to go through with my surgical procedure and six months down the road I look and feel my best!

I recently had knee liposuction and I was back on my feet in about a week. I was told it would be about 7-10 days. Although the recovery period differs from one person to another, you may experience some pain and discomfort for several weeks after the procedure.

I am 38 years old so I am still relatively young. My recovery was pretty rapid in my opinion and the only time I had a little pain was when I tried to get back in the gym about 2 weeks after my procedure.  It is vital to understand recovery period is determined by skin elasticity, age, and the attention you pay to the knee after the process.

Additionally, you may experience some swelling, which may last for some weeks or up to a few months. The swelling will reduce slowly, and you may start noticing a difference after approximately six months. I was prescribed pain medication to help with the discomfort.