High-definition liposuction, also known as hi-definition liposuction, hi-definition liposculpture, or simply hi-def lipo, is a surgical procedure that involves suctioning excess fat out of target areas of the body to create a slim, muscular and athletic appearance in different areas of the body. In the abdominal region of the body, for example, plastic surgeons remove excess fat and provide sculpting to create the appearance of a six-pack in men or a 'turtle tummy' in women.
During high-definition liposculpture, small incisions are made in the target area and either ultrasonic energy or laser energy is transmitted through a small probe into the targeted area. This energy breaks cellular membranes surrounding fat cells releasing the lipid contents. A small cannula or hollow tube is then inserted under the skin and moved back and forth while suctioning the melted fat out of the body.
Patients typically return to their normal routines within 7–10 days after their high-definition liposculpture procedure. Within two weeks, a moderate level of exercise can be resumed. Strenuous exercise must be delayed for a least one month after the procedure.