Liposuction surgery may be considered to treat areas of excess fat in the belly, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, knees, breasts (including gynecomastia), back, arms and neck. Often, patients seeking liposuction have noticed areas of fat deposit that are out of proportion with the rest of the body and stubbornly do not go away with diet and exercise. Since liposuction removes fat and not skin, it is well-suited for areas with minimal amounts of excess skin and good skin elasticity.  Commonly treated areas are the face, neck, upper arms, chest, trunk, abdomen, waist, hips, thighs, knees and ankles.

Many patients discover they can achieve remarkable weight loss through diet, exercise, or bariatric surgery such as gastric bypass or lap-banding. Many of these patients have committed to a healthier lifestyle, but find it difficult because of excess skin and the problems that come with it. Body contouring surgery after weight loss helps address these problems by removing the excess skin from the affected areas of the body. For this reason, tummy tucks are often complimentary to liposuction.