Liposuction, or suction-assisted lipectomy, is a surgical procedure for removing modest amounts of superficial fat. It is not a method for weight loss or total body "makeover." It is used to target specific areas of the body that do not respond to exercise and weight loss. It can help contour these sites and blend them in with the surrounding areas. The term lipodystrophy is used to describe a "problem" area of fat deposition. Our surgeons have written a book chapter about liposuction that explains the procedure in detail. Learn more about liposuction here.