Extra calories that are eaten are turned into triglycerides by the body and stored in fat cells. These are then deposited all over the body – in the hips, thighs, stomach, even the knees. The stored triglycerides are not used to fuel the body directly. They are only converted into fatty acids and glycerol for energy when you eat less and move more. Even then, it is impossible to make the body choose to convert its fat reserves from a specific place. This makes it challenging to lose weight from areas like the knees.
While being overweight can pose serious health risks, having fat knees is not necessarily a cause for concern. The main reason for targeting this area is for aesthetic purposes. Athletic or shapely legs are desirable but not always easy to achieve. Many people turn to cosmetic procedures to help remove stubborn fat.
If you relate to this condition but still feel unsure, at Harpenden Skin Clinic we are always here to help and advise patients on the best possible treatment journey performed by experienced clinicians.