Liposuction alone cannot and should never be the solution to weight loss. Obesity at the present time exists in epidemic proportions in Australia, and with it comes health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure. These consequential and life-threatening health effects, attributed more so by excess internal fat, are by far a more important consideration than body shape and appearance. As tempting as it would seem to kick-start the weight loss program with a bit of liposuction, this is never recommended. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that can be associated with significant risks (blood clots, chemical imbalances, infection, contour deformities, just to name a few), and these risks increase exponentially the higher the volume of fat removed. Additionally, results from liposuction performed in overweight patients can be more limited and are often less satisfying. Liposuction should therefore be considered a shape-contouring procedure, rather than a fat removal device (smooth, rather than remove). The ideal liposuction candidates are those relatively healthy individuals with isolated deposits of hard-to-get-rid-of fat. It is common, as nature would determine, that even after persistent and regimented body toning exercises, there exists certain areas of resistant fat, especially in the lower abdomen, flanks, and lateral thighs. It is with these “pesty” areas of fat where liposuction can indeed help to restore body contours effectively.