Liposuction is the aspiration (removal) of localized bulges of fat (fat storage areas of the body) with the aim of small cannulas. In women and men, these localized fat deposits are more commonly deposited on the abdomen, hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, knees and chin. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss but a means of re-sculpting the body into a slimmer profile by removing the fat not responsive to the dieting.
The best patients for liposuction are those individuals who are on average or near average weight (within 12-15% of their ideal weight) and have reasonably good skin tone and elasticity. Age by itself is not a significant factor and in fact patients of all ages have benefited from liposuction. You should also understand that liposuction by itself will not improve the dimpled skin condition known as cellulite.
Determining your suitability will partly be defined by the quality of your skin. In most cases the skin is able to shrink to the new body contour after liposuction. In some cases however, patients may have decreased skin elasticity as witnessed by loose, hanging, or creepy skin in the affected area. In these cases liposuction alone will not produce the desired result and you may therefore require some form of skin removal instead (i.e. tummy tuck) or perhaps in combination with liposuction.