When most people think of wrinkles, they envision them on the face. However, many individuals have concerns regarding wrinkles around their knees! Knees can look older and unattractive in shorter hemlines after weight gain and/or subsequent weight loss, as well as natural aging processes. As we age, our skin loses elasticity and does not bounce back to its natural place as easily, which can result in sagging skin or wrinkly knees.
- How do I get rid of wrinkles on my knees? Some knee wrinkles can be addressed with non-invasive techniques like Radiesse or Sofwave, whereas more significant sagging might need to be taken care of with a thigh lift surgery.
- Why do my knees look wrinkly? The way your face ages is the same way your skin ages throughout your body, including the knees. With time, collagen and other vital proteins break down and are not replaced, leading to skin laxity and sagging skin that causes wrinkles.
- How can I make my knees prettier? If you're concerned about loose skin or wrinkles on the knees, there are many affordable and simple treatments to help firm up the skin around your knees.
As people age, the body devotes a lot less energy to the repairing and rebuilding of collagen, which creates skin laxity, wrinkles, and thin skin throughout the body, not just the face. Skin begins to thin and appear crepey with lots of fine lines and wrinkles. Most women find their knees to be an area where the skin bunches up in these very fine wrinkles, and some women refer to this as “kninkles.” Most women that complain about this issue say it keeps them from wearing skirts and shorts.
At Reflections, we offer a wide selection of non-surgical treatment options to help address your knee wrinkles for younger-looking legs!
Getting Rid of Knee Wrinkles
Wrinkles at the top of the knee are generally caused by volume loss (losing that little bit of fat at the knee that so many women get) and/or age-related collagen loss. The way to tighten skin and remove those wrinkles on the knee is to build up the collagen to create a firming effect. Generally, because this is an issue of skin losing its elasticity and don’t require lifting so much as firming to solve, it’s typically best treated by non-surgical treatments that stimulate new collagen growth (as opposed to surgical or intensive lifting treatments).
Thigh Lift Surgery
A thigh lift is a surgical procedure that reduces excess skin around the thighs. Thigh lift incisions are generally made around the groin or inner thighs so that scarring is well hidden. Newer techniques hide the incision along the back of the thigh in the lower butt crease, which allows for a longer excision line, which leads to smoother and more complete tailoring of the results, and which also leads to an incision that has less pressure on it (per inch), leading to better scar healing, and the scar is hidden in a crease, which always allows for a more discreet and camouflaged scar.
Non-Invasive Skin Tightening Treatments: Exilis Ultra, Ultherapy, Sofwave, & Thermage
For knee wrinkles, we find that Sofwave is the most effective non-surgical skin tightening treatment.
It can be made more successful by adding on:
- for faster recovery and minimally boosted results: exosomes or concentrated platelet therapy
- for a bigger boost to results: biostimulatory filler injections
We have found Exilis Ultra to be most successful for diffuse large areas of treatment, such as when a patient has mild to moderate skin laxity across the entire thigh. Thermage and Ulthera are older treatments than Sofwave, and are more painful with no better results, in our experience.
Biostimulatory Fillers That Stimulate Collagen Growth
An easy fix for knee wrinkles includes biostimulatory fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra. Both of these fillers work by stimulating collagen production in the skin. Collagen acts as the skin’s building block that ensures the cohesion, elasticity, and regenerations of connective tissues. By stimulating collagen production in sagging skin around the knees, you can enjoy smoother, more youthful looking skin in the area. These fillers work especially well for older females who have started menopause and are experiencing increased skin thinning from hormonal changes.