It is important to realise the limitations of the procedure, however, as it is not a method for losing weight. You should be stable at your ideal weight, preferably with a BMI below 30, before considering having liposuction. Liposuction is particularly effective for removing stubborn areas of fat that persist depsite losing weight. The hips and outer thigh respond well to liposuction and it is also an effective tool when combined with other procedures such as liposuction to the flanks during abdominoplasty and liposuction to gynaecomastia.
The minimal scarring is a major advantage of liposuction, but it also means that there can be no removal of skin. In areas where there is excess skin as well as fat, then skin excision procedures may be better suited. These include areas such as the arms, the abdomen and the inner thigh where brachioplasty, abdominoplasty and thigh lift are often the procedures of choice.