34 y/o military male - Went through with liposuction of the flanks/abdominal area because I wanted a head start on changing the shape of my body to go along with an arduous workout regimen. For a while I was about 210 lbs and regardless of how much I worked out, I never saw much change in my "love handles."
A little over a month out since the surgery, I have no love handles and stay right around 200 lbs. My goal is to get to, and maintain 185 lbs. Lipo is NOT a choice for weight loss reasons and a good doctor (like mine) will not recommend or perform surgery if that is your goal. Lipo is however a body sculpting technique that when combined with proper nutrition and exercise can combine for AWESOME results.
I had minimal post-op pain, some bruising that goes away within a couple of weeks and no bleeding at all. You see and feel the results immediately and more and more with every day that passes. The swelling after surgery initially fools you into thinking there wasn't much change, but give it time and you will see. Worth every penny to me - but put in the post-op work to maintain and get the results you truly want.