Abdominal Etching Phoenix
Why Abdominal Etching Surgery?
For generations women have been influenced by the modeling and beauty industry to achieve an ideal look. Men’s appearance standards have always been there but not with the same expectations as women have been held to. Today men are being judged more physically than ever. Nearly every cover of a male fitness magazine features a story about How to Get Six Pack Abs and How to Get Ripped! Although “ripped” is not a medical term, it’s universally used by men that want to achieve the allusive washboard abs.
News flash: Visible abs are not easy for everyone to achieve or keep. Unless you have a gym in your living room, a full time personal trainer, and dietician, you’ll find it hard to achieve this look without six pack surgery. The reason this surgery works, is because we all have amazing abs within us! Your abdominal muscles hold our body upright all day. That’s takes a lot of muscle! Sadly, the excess fat and tissue cover our body holds us back from the look we want. Our body wants us to be thick and warm to stay alive so we have to go beyond what is natural for our body to do. Unless you won the genetic lottery and naturalpely eat well you’ll find it hard to achieve and maintain visible abs without abdominal etching surgery.
Abdominal etching, sometimes called six-pack liposculpture, is a specialized plastic surgery procedure that can help you achieve a flat, toned belly. The goal of this procedure is to make your abs look chiseled. If you just want a flatter midsection, traditional liposuction here at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery is an ideal choice. If you have been trying for years to make your six-pack pop with little or no success, abdominal etching may be the perfect option for you.
Liposuction in Men
Liposuction is the most common procedure performed on men at North Valley Plastic Surgery. Liposuction is also the most popular plastic surgery procedure in America. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics, an increasing number of men are seeking cosmetic surgery procedures. Men realize that fat is stubborn and hard to remove from the abdomen without surgery.
Most male liposuction patients are quite physically fit. Some of our patients include athletes, personal trainers, and bodybuilders. Despite aggressive exercise and diet they still find themselves plagued by areas of unwanted and resistant fat. This is most common about the waistline and flanks (love handles or spare tires as they are sometimes called). This becomes very frustrating to patients who find themselves in great physical shape but are unable to get rid of these problem areas.
It is important that your liposuction plastic surgeon understands the needs of the male liposuction patient; their body contouring needs are different and they do not want to look feminized. Their body contour should reflect that of a well-toned male. The ideal look should natural; albeit the best version of natural achievable. A thorough understanding how to contour the chest, back, and abdominals are in each man is critical.
What is Abdominal Etching or Six-Pack Surgery?
When it comes to cosmetic surgery, men want to avoid scars just as much as women. Scars are best hidden inside the belly button and in the line of the underwear.
Abdominal etching is a form of liposculpting that removes excess fat between the abdominal muscles, creating indentations that resemble those seen on a six-pack or washboard stomach. With ab etching, your stomach can appear tighter, firmer and more muscular.
The goal of abdominal etching or six pack liposuction to defines abdominal muscles in the abdominal area. Many men and women devote a large portion of their exercises to building abdominal muscles. However, even with exercise, not everybody can achieve that athletic six pack definition. Some people find it difficult to increase the thickness of the abdominal muscles even with strenuous abdominal exercises. Many of the exercises to achieve six pack abs can cause back problems.
Six-pack surgery, more professionally known as abdominal etching, works for both groups including people who do not exercise abdominal muscles. This procedure can be combined with liposuction of other areas such as flanks and lower back.
Am I a Candidate for Abdominal Etching?
The ideal candidate for abdominal etching is an athletic individual with already pronounced abdominal muscles – and just a few persistent pockets of fat covering up your underlying washboard. You may not think that someone with an athletic build who sticks to a healthy diet and exercise regimen would need this kind of treatment, but it is quite common. You may even fit this description and know firsthand just how frustrating it can be to be otherwise physically fit, but still not have the toned tummy for which you have worked so hard.
Even someone with large, strong abdominal muscles can have trouble achieving that defined appearance that you see on the cover of fitness magazines. Small areas of fat can simply hang on persistently, even on a fit person’s stomach. Sometimes, all that is needed is a last little “push” to help your stomach appear impeccably defined. Losing that last bit of fat to really expose the muscles can be nearly impossible, leading many otherwise fit people to look for help through abdominal etching. The procedure is not limited to such patients, some of our patients request this procedure following a tummy tuck or abdominal liposuction to really make their abs stand out.
This procedure may be the final step in a dramatic transformation or the extra help you to achieve the look you’ve always wanted. This should not be the first step if you’re significantly overweight or think it’s a quick cure to battle the bulge. In fact, the ideal abdominal etching candidate should be physically fit and have naturally athletic-looking abdominal muscles but with relatively small pockets of fat in the abdominal area. If your total body fat is more than 18 percent, you are likely not an appropriate candidate for abdominal etching.
The Abdominal Etching Procedure
Before you undergo abdominal etching remember that diet and exercise are still going to be essential to get the best results. More abdominal fat is obviously going to hide your abdominal muscles even if you get surgery. But if you have a lean healthy diet and keep in shape, abdominal etching surgery is going to allow you to achieve the “ripped” abdominals you’ve always wanted. Abdominal etching is a popular procedure for male patients but some women request the procedure as well.
Abdominal etching is, in many ways, just like other forms of liposcultpure. Using standard liposuction equipment, the board certified plastic surgeons at North Valley Plastic Surgery are able to remove small, targeted pockets of fat to alter the contour of your abs. Using extremely small incisions – sometimes these are made in the belly button, or concealed in the creases between the muscles, are surgeons are able to remove the fat that is concealing your abs.
The small size of the incisions earns this procedure the “etching” part of its name. It really is a matter of etching out carved, toned abdominal muscles from beneath the small pockets of fat that seem to cling on, despite your best efforts at exercise. The best part is that the procedure typically takes only about an hour to complete.
The procedure takes about an hour. We’ll take several pictures of your abdomen some of which with flexed abs. This is to the etching. Next, your surgeon will create several one- to two-millimeter incisions in your belly button or within the natural creases of your abdomen. He or she will then insert a cannula (a tube-like instrument) to remove excess fat and sculpt grooves in the remaining fat to emphasize your natural musculature.
Recovery from Abdominal Etching
This is an outpatient surgery so you’ll go home the same day. Most patients return to work in 2-5 days after the procedure but some may take longer. You will achieve your results right away because it takes time for all of the swelling and bruising to go away. An abdominal binder is worn for 2-3 weeks. Each week following abdominal etching, the six pack definition of the abdomen will become more and more obvious until final results in about three months.
The surgical procedure is a simple outpatient operation done under general anesthesia. The procedure is not reversible, so the patient must accept long-term responsibility for maintaining their physical condition. We’ll do everything we can to help you achieve the look you want in surgery and recovery but you’ll have to still monitor your diet and exercise regimen for the rest of your life.
Following your treatment, expect some pain, swelling and bruising, all of which can be managed with medications and proper care. Your surgeon will fit you with a medical compression garment that you must wear for about three to six weeks. This will help minimize swelling. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions about what you can and can’t do in the days and weeks after abdominal etching. This will include not lifting anything that weighs 10 pounds or more. You will be allowed to shower within 48 hours after ab etching surgery. Follow our instructions to minimize your risk of complications. You can resume normal activities within one to three weeks. The full results of abdominal etching are visible within six months, but you will start seeing some positive changes earlier.
What are the Results of Abdominal Etching?
The ideal outcome of abdominal etching is a toned, contoured, well-defined ‘six-pack’ tummy that looks ready for the cover of one of those fitness magazines. The goal here is the ripped, toned look of peak physical fitness that, even for those in great physical shape already, can often prove evasive. Abdominal etching puts that look within your grasp.
Abdominal etching gives you the following results:
- Less Abdominal Fat
- Slimmer Waistline
- More Defined Abs
- Minimal Scarring
If you are considering abdominal etching, chances are that you have worked hard toward these results through rigorous exercise. Plastic surgery offers the extra push that so many otherwise fit people need to have a flat stomach worth of showing off.
What’s the Recovery from Abdominal Etching?
Because abdominal etching is performed on an outpatient basis, you are able to return home the same day as your surgery. It is normal to experience bruising, swelling, and mild discomfort following your procedure. A compression garment will need to be worn for three to six weeks to help reduce these symptoms and hold your newly sculpted abs in place.
After the operation, you should avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, or anything that can put pressure on your midsection for about three weeks. It can take up to six months of recovery for the final appearance of your abs to settle. That means that, even you are an avid athlete or bodybuilder, following this procedure you will need to leave the weights alone. In consultation with your doctor, you will need to scale back into your workout routine following your surgery.
In order to achieve “ripped” abs from abdominal etching surgery, or any type of liposuction, you’ll need to realize that a lean diet is number one and exercise is a distant second. Abdominal etching surgery is going to enhance the work you’ve already done beyond what you could achieve.
What are the Complications and Risks of Abdominal Etching?
Abdominal etching risks include infection, bleeding and excessive scarring. There are also risks associated with general anesthesia. Discuss all the possible abdominal etching and liposuction risk scenarios with your surgeon. This is a long lasting procedure
What is the Cost of Abdominal Etching?
Abdominal etching is treated like an extra area of liposuction. Prices vary based on the liposuction technique and how many areas you need treated. We do a free cosmetic consult and we’ll be able to tell you before you make any decisions.
How do I find out more about Abdominal Etching?
If you are interested in finally achieving the well-defined abdominal muscles you have always wanted, abdominal etching may be the perfect procedure for you. E-mail us to schedule a consultation with North Valley Plastic Surgery or call 480-991-6877.
*Results may vary. These results are not guaranteed.