Have you been working out to get a six pack on your abdomen, but haven’t quite been able to move the last layer of stubborn fat? If this sounds like you, you may be interested in abdominal etching.
With modern surgical techniques, it is now possible to obtain six pack abs through liposuction techniques.
This is a suitable procedure for both men and women, and for people who both attend the gym and do not. Those who frequent the gym will benefit from removing a stubborn layer of fat, while those who are a healthy weight will gain new abdominal muscles.
AT A GLANCE
Anaesthesia type: ClearSleep
Procedure time: 2-3 hours
Recovery time: 1-2 weeks
Abdominal etching is a popular procedure for both men and women who are wanting to achieve washboard abs. Generally, men and women can achieve this look through a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, sometimes no matter how hard we try, we cannot achieve the six-pack. Or sometimes, you just want to achieve the results faster. Abdominal etching can help with this.
For men, the procedure involves removing the stubborn layer of fat to reveal more noticeable abdominal abs. While for women, surgeons can undertake abdominal etching which still appears feminine.
To be a candidate for abdominal etching, you will need to be:
- Physically and mentally healthy
- Be a non-smoker or stop smoking two weeks before the procedure and during recovery.
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 including diet and exercise.
The key to developing a toned stomach naturally is to lose fat and develop the 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. This will help to relieve any post-op symptoms such as swelling, as well as keep the abdomen in the new shape it has been moulded to.
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.
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Am I an ideal candidate for abdominal etching?
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.
How is the procedure performed?
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.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure usually takes about two hours to complete.
Will I have to stay overnight?
You will not have to stay overnight. Abdominal etching is considered a day procedure. You will be able to go home as soon as the effects of the liposuction have worn off.
What is the recovery period like?
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.
Will I have scars after my surgery?
The incision holes for abdominal etching are very small and therefore scarring is minimal, which will fade over time.
What are the risks associated with abdominal etching?
The most common risks include bleeding, infection and scarring which can be avoided with maximum safety optimisation.
Will I need to wear a compression garment?
Yes, you will be required to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks following your surgery.
When can I start exercising again?
You will have to avoid strenuous exercise for at least two weeks following surgery.