Abdominal etching is a procedure to remove some of the fat pockets in the abdominal region, while emphasizing the lines of the stomach muscles producing the highly coveted “six-pack” appearance.
Overview of Abdominal Etching
A six-pack ab can be extremely difficult to achieve. Sometimes specific pockets of fat become resistant to exercise since even well-conditioned muscles can be hidden by a thin layer of fat. Liposuction is not recommended for people who suffer from restricted blood flow, diabetes, coronary artery disease or a weak immune system.
Abdominal Etching Recommended For:
- Individuals who are close to a six-pack, but have stubborn pockets of fat
- Individuals who have tried a healthy diet and exercise
- Individuals who have a healthy, stable weight
- Individuals who have less than 18% of total body fat
- Individuals who have well-toned abdominal muscles
Before Abdominal Etching
The surgeon takes a medical history and performs a physical exam, lab tests and, in some patients, an EKG or Mammogram 30 days prior to surgery. Patients should avoid certain medicines include Aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplement prior to the surgery. they should stop smoking two weeks prior to and post-surgery.
During Abdominal Etching
The patients undergo general or local anesthesia during the procedure. The surgeon makes small incisions within the natural contours of the abdomen. After that, the surgeon inserts a flexible tube through the incisions to sculpt the abs and removes excess fat along the lines of the patient’s abdominal muscles. At the end, the incisions are closed with stitches. The procedure takes about one hour.
After Abdominal Etching
Patients will be able to return home the same day as surgery. They should wear a compression garment for three to six weeks after the procedure, which should only be removed when bathing. Swelling, pain and bruising are common for a few days after the surgery. They will be able to return to normal activities after a week. they should avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for about three weeks. The full effect of surgery should be noticed within 6 months.