The main purpose of liposuction is to reshape one or more areas of your body, not to reduce body weight. Liposuction is typically used on "problem" areas that have not responded well to diet and exercise.
These areas are often on the outer thighs , waist and hips in women and the waist and back in men. The face, neck, abdomen, back, buttocks, legs, and upper arms are all commonly treated areas as well.
Liposuction is sometimes used in combination with other cosmetic surgery procedures, such as a "tummy tuck" (abdominoplasty), breast reduction, or face-lift.
Liposuction may also be used to treat certain medical conditions, including:
- Benign fatty tumors (lipomas).
- Abnormal enlargement of the male breasts (gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia).
- Problems with metabolism of fat in the body (lipodystrophy).
- Excessive sweating in the armpit area (axillary hyperhidrosis).
- Liposuction is not used to treat obesity. It will not get rid of cellulite or stretch marks.