Abdominal etching, is the process of removing additional fat from the abdominal area (overlying the rectus muscle), commonly via liposuction, to provide the abdomen with a more toned and well-defined look.

The technique is also known as liposculpture because the end result is to provide the patient with a well-toned abdominal area. It is also commonly carried out on patients who are already in good physical shape, but have an excess layer of fat. The procedure can provide the existing abs with greater definition.

How Does Abdominal Etching Work?

Abdominal etching is typically carried out under general anesthesia. There is typically minimal bruising and scarring with this procedure when compared to other similar invasive procedures. After anesthesia, most doctors will insert tiny, thin metallic tubes, known as cannulas, into the body through tiny incisions on the skin.

The specialized cannulas are used to make controlled motions in the treatment area to dislodge the fat. The fat is then sucked out via a surgical syringe or vacuum.

The fat is removed to create more visible definition of the patient’s rectus muscles (the six pack muscles).

At the end of the procedure, the skin will tightly adhere to the abdominal wall, which will effectively etch the abdomen and give the classic washboard abs look. Depending on the patient, numerous forms of liposculpture may be used in one treatment session to achieve the best possible results.

Abdominal etching can be combined with pectoral etching. This uses the same small liposuction cannulas to remove the excess layer of fat over your pectoralis muscles of your chest. This is ideal for patients who seek to have better definition of their chest.

Is Abdominal Etching for you?

As a man, your weight needs to be stable for at least a couple of months. Individuals with a BMI of over 30 are normally not good candidates, and you will be advised to lose weight before you can opt for abdominal etching. In addition, you need to have a good level of general health. Patients will need to be cleared for treatment by their surgeons so that all possible risks and complications can be checked.

What Results Can you Expect?

It is important to be realistic about the results before undergoing the procedure. Results may take a minimum of six months to become completely apparent as your body needs time to heal. Patients are advised to wait up to 12 months before judging the effectiveness of the procedure.

In order to see the best possible results, it is imperative that you eat right and exercise well after your initial period of recovery. You need to have good eating and exercise habits in place before the surgery to experience the optimum outcome. The procedure can be combined with pectoral etching to further define your chest and match your newly defined abdominal region.

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If you’re committing a large amount of time to your gym routine but you’re not seeing results in your abdominal region, we can help you. Contact us to learn more about male abdominal etching and the wonderful benefits it can provide you.

Dr. Rai is dedicated to achieving the best results in every patient. He will help you reach your goals in a safe and comfortable environment.