Exercise and diet can help make you healthy, as well as help you look lean and muscular. For some individuals, however, it does not always remove those stubborn localized fat deposits (LFDs).

Individual fat distribution and body shape is genetically determined. What this means is that, often, no amount of diet and exercise will remove those stubborn LFDs.

Liposuction is a procedure that can remove fat cells, thus sculpting the body and doing what diet and exercise alone cannot do. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States today. However, although liposuction is designed to remove fat, it does not replace or serve as a substitute for a diet regimen and exercise.

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women of normal weight or close to normal weight who mainly want to improve their body shape and contour, people with LFDs in “trouble areas” where exercise and diet seem not to have any effect, and people with good elasticity in their skin, so that when the fat is removed, they will achieve a smooth appearance.

The areas where liposuction surgery can have the greatest effect are the abdomen, waist area, back, chin, neck, hips and saddlebags, buttocks, thighs, ankles, calves and inner knees.