We all wish we had a washboard stomach. Trips to the gym for classes and workouts may help, but unfortunately, when even a small amount of fat remains on the abdomen, it may hide those impressive muscles you’ve worked so hard for. For those looking for a way to get a well-defined and sexy six-pack, there is the ab etching procedure also know as Hi-Def Liposuction.
Abdominal etching is a surgical treatment that creates the appearance of prominent abdominal muscles to give men and women the abs they’ve been aiming for. It does this by sculpting away specific lines of fat in the areas around the ab muscles, creating that six-pack look and showing off the toned muscles that were previously hidden.
Ab etching is a procedure that can be used on its own or in conjunction with procedures like weight-loss surgery, traditional liposuction, and a tummy tuck for further body sculpting.
It can be easy to confuse ab etching with traditional liposuction and the tummy tuck. Traditional liposuction is better for removing larger pockets of stubborn fatty tissue, not smaller sections, and doesn’t create as much definition for the ab muscles as ab etching does. Abdominoplasty also doesn’t create quite as much definition and is instead used for trimming away excess skin and fat while tightening the ab muscles.
Your ab etching procedure will require anywhere from an hour to three hours to complete. Before your surgery begins, your Cosmetic surgeon may use a marker to create markings in the abdominal area, around the muscles. These markings will be used as guidelines for the etching during your surgery. While your surgeon is creating guide markings on your abdomen, you will need to contract your muscles in order to provide the clearest picture of the area.
Once the abdominal region has been properly marked, general or local anesthesia will be administered. One- to two-millimeter incisions will be made, either in the natural contours of the abdomen or in the bellybutton. A highly flexible cannula (a fat-reduction tool) will be inserted into an incision, and there, it will be used to suction out fat along the natural lines of the ab muscles. Finally, the incisions will be sealed using medical sutures.
We recommend staying home from work for the first three to five days after your surgery. In around one to three weeks from the procedure date, you will be able to return to your everyday activities.
After around 48 hours, you’ll be free to shower again. You’ll need to avoid putting any sort of stress or pressure on your abdomen for a period of about three weeks. It will be recommended that you do not lift anything over 10 lbs. until your cosmetic surgeon okays it.
Swelling and bruising are a normal part of your recovery process. For three to six weeks of your ab etching recovery, you will need to wear a compression garment to control post-surgical swelling. In around six months or less from the procedure date, you’ll be able to see the full results.
Find out more about ab etching from Dr. Moeinolmolki – contact our office for a consultation.