Liposuction, often just called lipo, is a type of plastic surgery that removes unwanted fat in areas where a smoother, slimmer shape or better proportion is desired.
At Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, liposuction plastic surgery is generally performed under the chin, on the hips, thighs, abdomen and in the areas under the arms and breast. The most frequently treated areas in women are the outer thighs and abdomen.
Men tend to have liposuction performed under the chin and around their waist or to reduce enlarged male breasts.
People at a normal weight with protruding fat at localized areas generally achieve the most desired results from liposuction surgery, but those who are slightly overweight can also benefit from lipo.