Abdominal etching is a popular cosmetic procedure that turns your cosmetic surgeon into a sculptor. With the use of liposuction, a cosmetic surgeon can remove the stubborn belly fat that’s hiding your body’s musculature. This fat layer, once removed, allows for a smaller waist and, in some cases, six-pack abs.
What’s So Great About a Six-Pack?
Having a six-pack means that you have low levels of body fat. It’s the barometer we use as a society for prime fitness. If you have a six-pack, not only are you fit, but you are said to have the body we hold as ideal.
The level of six-pack you achieve may differ depending on your body contouring goals. Men typically want deeply defined abdominal muscles while women tend to want a toned abdomen. Abdominal etching can help you achieve your goal, no matter how deep of a six-pack you want.
Is Abdominal Etching a Permanent Cosmetic Procedure?
Yes. Once your surgeon applies ab etching to your body, the fat cells that are extracted are gone for good. That means that you can never gain weight in that area. If you do gain weight after your abdominal etching surgery, you may gain fat in other places and your results could become skewed. Therefore, it is important to be within 30% of your ideal weight when undergoing ab etching. You will also want to do your best to maintain your weight post-surgery to keep your results long-term.
If you have struggled to drop that last layer of fat through traditional diet and exercise to no avail, abdominal etching may be for you.
How is Abdominal Etching Performed?
Abdominal etching is a type of liposuction. The procedure first gained notoriety in the 1990s. Today, both men and women choose abdominal etching to achieve their ideal bodies.
The procedure works similarly to traditional lipo but is more refined. While liposuction aims to remove large pockets of fat, ab etching allows for more detailed work.
The fat deposits that cover your ab muscles are carved off your body bit by bit. This is done by your surgeon making small incisions near your belly button. The procedure can give patients high-definition abdominal esthetics.
By applying his or her artistic touch, your surgeon can give you indentures that give the effect of six-pack abs. For women, the definition can come in the form of vertical abdominal lines. Fat deposits may also be taken from the obliques along the sides of your abdomen, which can give you a much narrower midsection, just like you see on fitness magazine covers.
In short, abdominal etching is a safe and effective procedure that can show off your hard work in the gym without cutting carbs or otherwise dieting like crazy.
Do You Feel Anything with Abdominal Etching?
Your surgeon will prep you for surgery using markings and a foam dressing. After that, general or local anesthesia will be used, depending on your doctor’s recommendation.
The numbing agent used will ensure you don’t feel anything as your doctor makes the necessary incisions. These cuts are called ports. They act as entry points for the metal liposuction cannula, the tool your doctor uses to remove your belly fat. The surgeon will use a pump to extract the fat deposits and fluid from the treatment area.
Your incisions are then closed and adequately dressed. You will be asked to wear a compression garment to aid with blood circulation and healing. The foam dressing that was applied prior to surgery will remain underneath the compression garment.
So, no, you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure.
Can Abdominal Etching Really Make You “Ripped?”
While the treatment area may look slightly smaller following surgery, you can’t see the true results of abdominal etching for four to six weeks. That’s the time it typically takes the average patient to fully heal.
When you are healed, you won’t believe what you see in the mirror, especially if you have spent years trying to etch out six-pack abs on your own.
Ab etching can give you the six-pack you’ve always wanted. What’s more, 98% of people are happy with their results, according to studies.
The Difference Between VASER Lipo and Abdominal Etching
VASER Hi-Definition Liposuction is another name for abdominal etching. You may also see the cosmetic procedure referred to as Liposculpture or power-assisted liposuction.
VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. The minimally invasive cosmetic procedure uses ultrasound waves to liquify fat cells, which makes them easier to extract.
Are There Any Side Effects with VASER Hi-Def Lipo/Abdominal Etching?
The technique is low-risk and not typically associated with complications. Side effects can include swelling, the accumulation of fluid, bruising, and skin discoloration. You may also see pus or discharge coming from the treatment site. If the pus is green or yellowish in color, contact your doctor.
After a few months, you should be able to see the full results of your ab etching procedure. All side effects should have subsided, such as swelling, and your skin should begin to adhere to its new, fitter shape. This means you should be able to see your abs more visibly, giving you a toned midsection.
Are You Ready to Reveal the Muscles Underneath Your Belly Fat?
Abdominal etching can cost between $3,000 and $10,000 and is available at a cosmetic surgeon’s office near you.
If you live in Los Angeles, California, and you’ve struggled to lose your body fat, schedule a consultation at Moein Surgical Arts.
Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki (Dr. Moein for short) is a world-renowned cosmetic body contouring surgeon. Dr. Moein has a proven track record for helping patients achieve their body shape goals. Six-packs, abdominal lines, or whatever your goals happen to be – Dr. Moein can help you achieve them.
Call now to schedule a consultation at (310)694-4486.