"Regardless of how young your face looks, the knee is a telltale sign of true age," says Dr. Michael Diaz, a board certified plastic surgeon based out of Melbourne, FL. "The wrinkles on your knees act as tree rings on the trunk of a tree."
With other problem areas, women have numerous options including liposuction, lifts and injectables. In most cases, these are fairly simple and commonly done procedures. In addition, there is always the option of a good diet and exercise, which can almost always improve a problem area as well. Unfortunately for the knees, none of the above seems to work. "The knees are notoriously difficult to improve," Dr. Diaz says. "Liposuction alone does not work that well, as the knee has a lot of fibrous tissue that won't improve by fat removal alone."
The knees are also one of the most vulnerable areas of the body in terms of protection. Unlike procedures done on the face where scarring can be hidden in the hairline or facial crease lines, or operations on the stomach where scarring can be hidden below the bikini line, scars are virtually impossible to hide around the knee. "Because of this," explains Dr. Diaz, "there are some excisional techniques that are reserved only for the most extreme weight loss cases since it leads to very visible scarring." A knee-lift scar would most likely be right above the kneecap and could even end up being a darker color than the skin, making it even more prominent.
Although the bad news is that there is not much to be done to make an aging knee appear younger, the good news is that everyone has the same problem. According to Dr. Diaz, the skin on any part of your body that is forced to bend and stretch repeatedly, such as the knees and elbows, becomes scaly, cracked, and wrinkled-looking as you age. In addition, these parts often have to support the weight of your entire body (from leaning, kneeling, etc.), exacerbating their condition. Over time, these areas tend to show more dryness and wrinkles than the rest of your skin.
"Your best bet is to take care of your skin," advises Dr. Diaz. "If you're really serious about improving the appearance of your knees, get in the habit of exfoliating, thus revitalizing them on a cellular level. Massages may help as well. After scrubbing your knees in the shower to slough off dead skin cells, apply a skin moisturizer."
The knee sag can afflict all individuals, whether they are overweight or in terrific shape. This looseness of the skin stems from a loss of elastic fibers, collagen, and muscle mass, which naturally occurs as we age. Dr. Diaz continues, "While working out alone will most likely not improve the texture of the skin, I find that increasing the muscular bulk of any area helps with its physical appearance. Update your workout with the aid of a trainer to help target the muscles of your thighs."
Meet Dr. Michael Diaz
A board-certified plastic surgeon in Melbourne serving the Orlando, FL area, Dr. Michael Diaz specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breasts and body. His dedication to improving each patient's appearance and quality of life is expressed in his uncompromising level of personalized care and commitment to surgical success. Through a warm, approachable personality, Dr. Diaz puts his patients at ease and his refined surgical skills reveal their unique natural beauty. He often becomes a trusted friend and valued partner who patients recommend to their friends and family. Learn more about him and it's likely he'll be your choice too.
Professional Success through Determination
Dr. Diaz achieved his success through determination and a passion for illuminating the natural beauty of the human form. After completing his undergraduate studies, financed through the success of his own business, he was accepted into the competitive medical program at The Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. Dr. Diaz went on to his post-doctoral training in general surgery at the University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital.
During Dr. Diaz's fellowship, he spent an additional year studying hand, upper extremity, and microsurgical reconstructive surgery. He was then accepted into the plastic surgery training program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. As Chief Resident, Dr. Diaz gained experience alongside some of New York City's top plastic surgeons at Lennox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, New York. For more details about Dr. Diaz's training and experience, review his CV.
After completing his plastic surgery fellowship, Dr. Diaz returned to his hometown of Miami where he began his solo practice specializing in cosmetic surgery. He developed a very successful practice in South Florida that attracted patients from across the nation and around the world. In 2008 Dr. Diaz relocated to Melbourne, Florida in search of a more peaceful, higher quality of life experience.
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