When it comes to visible improvement, the abdominal muscles can be some of the most difficult to sculpt and define. Even the most dedicated fitness guru can have a difficult time getting the results they desire. The abs are there, they are just covered with pesky belly fat. Patients having trouble achieving the appearance they are seeking may choose to undergo abdominal etching.
Abdominal etching is relatively new on the plastic surgery scene. This procedure takes liposuction to a whole new level by removing extra fat that is stored between the abdominal muscles. This is a safe way to cosmetically give the abs more definition and the much coveted six pack appearance.
Many surgeons refer to the procedure as liposculpting. It can be performed as a standalone procedure, or along with traditional lipo or abdominoplasty. It generally takes an hour or so to complete and can be done in an outpatient setting. You should be able to return to your normal activities within one to three weeks. The final results may take anywhere from three to six months to become visibly noticeable. This procedure is not a quick fix and requires self-maintenance for a long lasting outcome.
Abdominal etching is not suitable for everyone. Best results can be expected on patients, men or women, who already have a well-toned abdomen and a low BMI. The fat is removed to reveal the muscles that are already there. Patients should be fit, active and health conscious. Regular workouts and a low fat diet will be required to maintain the chiseled appearance.
If you are interested in abdominal etching and feel you would be a good candidate you should set up a consultation with your preferred board certified surgeon. They will evaluate your situation and discuss realistic expectations with you.