A washboard stomach can be extremely difficult to achieve, since even well-conditioned muscles can be hidden by a thin layer of fat. Abdominal etching surgery is a safe way to give the abs more definition. The plastic surgery procedure accentuates the existing muscle by removing fat, producing the highly coveted "six-pack" appearance.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Abdominal Etching?
Because abdominal etching removes precise lines of fat to reveal the patient’s natural muscle tone, the best candidate already has well-toned underlying abdominals that can be emphasized by etching. Good candidates also include patients who have undergone tummy tuck surgery or liposuction and want abdominal etching to achieve a fitter, more chiseled appearance. Those considering abdominal etching surgery should maintain a proper diet and healthy amounts of exercise, since the longevity of the surgical results depends on it.
Abdominal Etching for Men and Women
Abdominal etching is popular among men who desire a more cut and defined look. Men can find a plastic surgeon who will remove those last layers of fat to sculpt the abs and make the stomach muscles appear more prominent. In women, it can be difficult to achieve a leaner appearance, especially in the stomach. Surgeons can perform abdominal etching to produce a six-pack stomach with feminine contours.
Abdominal Etching Costs
Abdominal etching surgery prices can range from $3,000 to $10,000. The cost of treatment varies based on a number of factors, including:
- The amount of fat removal
- The liposuction technique (for example, tumescent liposuction surgery, ultrasonic liposuction surgery, or Smartlipo surgery™)
- The surgeon's experience
- The area of the country
- The cost of the anesthesiologist and surgical facility
The Abdominal Etching Procedure
The abdominal etching procedure usually takes only an hour, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure under either local or general anesthesia. Before surgery, the doctor will outline the patient’s abdominal muscles and use these lines to serve as a guide during surgery. During the procedure, several small incisions are made in the naval or the natural creases of the abdomen, where they are inconspicuous. A cannula, or a flexible tube, is then inserted through the incisions to sculpt the abs by removing excess fat along the lines of the patient’s abdominal muscles. The four or five remaining scars are very small - only about an eighth or a quarter inch in length.
Abdominal Etching Recovery
For a few weeks after abdominal etching surgery, patients will need to wear a compression garment, which should only be removed when bathing. During liposuction recovery, patients will experience bruising, swelling, and some pain, which can be eased with proper care and medication. It is important that postoperative patients limit exercise and avoid lifting weight over ten pounds and putting any pressure on the abdominal area. The full results typically become visible within six months, after the body has had ample time to heal.
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Find a Surgeon in Your Area
Abdominal etching surgery can define your abs for a more stunning appearance. If you think you may be a good candidate, please take advantage of our online directory to contact a highly qualified abdominal etching surgeon in your area.
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