Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving body contours. The procedure is sometimes called body contouring. Liposuction can be performed on any part of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist, chest area, upper arms, back, cheeks, chin and neck, and calves. It can remove small areas of fat that are hard to lose through exercise and a healthy diet. The procedure is often coupled with other cosmetic surgeries such as tummy tuck, facelift etc.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and not a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Liposuction will not remove cellulite or stretch marks.
Ideally, liposuction is best suited for adults who are within 30% of their ideal weight; who have firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone. They should be clear about their expectations from the surgery and be otherwise healthy without any serious medical condition that would impair healing.