Your surgeon will examine your body. You are most likely to benefit from liposuction if, after losing a lot of weight, you still have localised deposits of fat that seem out of proportion to the rest of your body. These usually affect areas such as your hips, sides, abdomen or thighs.
Liposuction may also be suitable if you have growths of fat that show as lumps under your skin or differences in shape following a breast reduction or abdominoplasty ('tummy tuck'). For the operation to be successful, your skin should still be elastic (stretchable).
Liposuction is not a substitute for losing weight. If you are overweight, it may be better to lose weight by improving your diet and doing more exercise.