Abdominal Etching

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Abdominal etching is a type of liposuction procedure that sculpts and enhances the waistline’s appearance and creates six-pack abs.

Like traditional liposuction surgery, abdominal etching uses a suction technique to excise fat deposits under the skin. However, in abdominal etching, fat deposits are removed in an advanced and strategic way, so ab muscles look more prominent.

Ideal applicants for abdominal etching surgery may include:

  • People who are less than 30 percent over their ideal body weight
  • Healthy individuals who do not have obesity
  • Non-smokers
  • People who already had any type of liposuction must be healthy enough to go under anesthesia safely

Please note that you should consider your age and skin elasticity to be realistic about the final result of your surgery.

Abdominal etching treatment duration:

The procedure takes about an hour.

Recovery time for abdominal etching surgery:

Recovery from abdominal etching usually takes some time. Therefore, right after the surgery, you may need to wear a compression garment to ensure that you will be healed faster.

You will be able to resume most of your everyday activities two weeks after the surgery, and you should avoid strenuous exercise until your doctor clears you.

After two to five months, you will be able to see the full results of your surgery. While swelling recedes and your skin starts to adhere to its new shape, you will be able to see your toned-looking midsection.

* Keep in mind that although abdominal etching claims to provide permanent results, weight gain and pregnancy can ruin the results of your surgery. Additionally, the natural aging process affects the shape of your ab muscles.

Abdominal etching potential risks and side effects:

Compared with other cosmetic procedures, abdominal etching is considered as a low-risk surgery. However, same as with any surgery, this procedure carries some side effects. These include:

  • Nerve and blood vessel damage
  • Skin discoloration
  • Bumpy skin or irregular healing
  • Swelling
  • Fluid or blood accumulation
  • Anesthesia bruising or headaches

What is Abdominal Etching Procedure?

The abdominal etching takes about an hour, and it involves the following steps:

  1. Before the surgery, your doctor marks the areas of your body that you want to enhance. Then, you will be put under either general or local anesthesia, depending on your doctor’s recommendation.
  2. A foam dressing will be applied to your body based on the marks that your doctor defined earlier.
  3. Then, your doctor makes incisions (ports) to access and remove the fat deposits using a cannula pump.
  4. At the end of the surgery, your incisions will be closed with stitches, and you will be given a compression garment for applying on your midsection, on the foam dressing.

Usually, patients are required to keep the compression garment on until four to six weeks.

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