In our quick-fix culture, it's not a huge surprise that the popularity of liposuction is rapidly on the rise. Over 323,600 patients underwent the surgery in 2005, according to the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons. Women who want to reduce the fat around their thighs, abs, and neck typically are huge proponents of the surgery - even if they've used exercise as an option already. But while liposuction gets rid of fat cells, exercise and diet are still the most prudent way to lose weight. Add to the exorbitant expense of the surgery the post-operational pain and swelling, as well as the many health risks, and it's no walk in the park. Also, even if fat cells are sucked out, others can continue to dived into more if you re-gain the weight - not to mention that liposuction can sometimes make patients end up with fat in places where they didn't have it prior to the surgery. Also, because fat cells are unevenly distributed under the skin after an operation, patients can sometimes come away from their surgery with unseemly bulges.