Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure to remove unwanted body fat. It involves sucking out small areas of fat that are hard to lose through exercise and a healthy diet. It's carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs and tummy.
The aim is to alter body shape, and the results are generally long-lasting, providing you maintain a healthy weight.
It works best in people who are a normal weight and in areas where the skin is tight.
Liposuction carried out for cosmetic reasons is not normally available on the NHS. However, liposuction can sometimes be used by the NHS to treat certain health conditions
If you're thinking of having liposuction for cosmetic reasons, think very carefully before you go ahead. It can be expensive, the results can't be guaranteed, and there are risks to consider. It’s a good idea to tell your GP first.
Stars who have had liposuction include : Tara Reid, Jamie Lee Curtis, Joan Rivers