Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
The ultimate abdominal definition is the visible outline of the underlying abdominal muscles. Known as the six-pack look, it is actually caused by the enlargement of the rectus muscles, the lack of fat between the skin and the muscles, and the outward appearance of the inscriptions of the rectus muscle (which actually creates the lines of the six-pack as the muscle protrudes between them).
It usually takes a great amount of exercise and dieting to create this much sought-after look and, for many men, this look is never obtainable. For many men, it is just not possible to thin the fat out that much to reveal the inscriptions. For some men, a surgical procedure can give them this look.
To qualify for abdominal etching you will already need to be fit and healthy with a low body fat percentage. This procedure is recommended by plastic surgeons for candidates with less than 2 cm of fat that can be pinched. The plastic surgeon measures the fat content before deciding whether you are a candidate for the procedure. Doctors stress that this is not a debulking procedure but a sculpting one. This technique is best suited to patients who exercise regularly but have a stubborn layer of fat preventing their abdominal muscles from showing through.
What if I don’t qualify for abdominal etching surgery?
The reason for being rejected for abs surgery is typically that you are carrying too much fat or don’t have strong enough muscular development in your abdomen. Fortunately, this can be rectified using natural methods.
The key to developing a toned stomach naturally is to lose fat and develop abs using effective workout routines. This whole process is improved by eating the right foods to encourage this development.
Abdominal etching involves removing pockets of unwanted fat from the abdomen. This is done by using Centre for Surgery’s liposuction technique known as ClearLipo™. Small cannulas are used to remove the excess fat, revealing the defined muscles underneath. This method only removes the fatty tissue, with connective tissues, nerves and blood vessels being preserved. This liposuction method encourages smooth contours and faster healing.
Abdominal etching usually takes around two hours to complete. You will be able to return home the same day, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Following the abdominal etching, you will need to wear a garment for the first two weeks.
Expect some swelling and bruising for the first few days and pain medication can be taken to ease it. Avoid putting too much pressure on the abdominal area and lifting heavy objects for at least two weeks to ensure a speedy recovery. Typically, the results are visible within six weeks of your abdominal etching surgery.
To be an ideal candidate for this procedure you must already have low percentage of body fat. Hence it is ideal for those who exercises regularly but have a stubborn layer of fat that is preventing the abdominal muscles from showing.
Abdominal etching is done by the main liposuction technique where pockets of unwanted fat are removed from the abdomen using specially designed vibrating cannula revealing the muscle definition underneath.
Abdominal etching will be performed under ClearSleep™ anaesthetic. You will be asleep for the duration of the procedure.
The procedure usually takes about two hours to complete.
Abdominal etching is performed as a day case. This means you will be able to return home on the same day once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
Expect some swelling and bruising for the first few days and pain medication can be taken to ease it. Avoid putting too much pressure on the abdominal area and lifting heavy objects for at least 2 weeks to ensure a speedy recovery. Typically, the results are visible within 6 weeks of your abdominal etching surgery.
The incision holes for abdominal etching are very small and therefore scarring is minimal, which will fade over time.
The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring which can be avoided with maximum safety optimisation.
Yes, you will be required to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks following your surgery.