Liposuction can solve a great many body shape problems due to excess fat. Saddlebags, love handles, banana rolls, muffin tops, kissing thighs, buffalo humps, double chins, cankles and much, much more can be removed with liposuction.
What liposuction can NOT do, however, is fix body shape problems caused by skin that is loose or hanging. This distinction is often not clear to the patient looking for rejuvenation of his her abdomen. People often come to a plastic surgeon thinking "just a little bit of lipo" will do the job. It can be quite jarring to a woman who thinks she only needs liposuction to hear that it will not be enough to get a flat abdomen, and that a tummy tuck is a more appropriate procedure.
How can you tell if you need a tummy tuck? Of course, a final determination can only be made in person by a plastic surgeon evaluating your abdomen. In general, if you have one or more of the following issues and you truly want a flat abdomen, not just a less fat version of what you currently have, a tummy tuck will likely be the necessary corrective procedure.