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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.

With modern surgical techniques it is now possible to obtain 6 pack abs through liposuction techniques. We’ll examine how the technique works in getting a six pack and you can find out whether you qualify for this type of surgery.

Overview of Abdominal Etching:

This is the main liposuction technique also known as abdominal etching where pockets of unwanted fat are removed from the abdomen using specially designed vibrating cannulas revealing the muscle definition underneath. Only fatty tissue is removed while connective tissues, nerves and blood vessels are preserved. This encourages smooth contours and faster healing. The procedure normally takes an hour to complete and a six week recovery time should be expected. You will need to wear a compression garment for the first two weeks after the procedure.

Do I qualify for abdominal etching surgery?

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 Sort of Results Should I Expect?

If you qualify for the ab surgery you should have reasonably high expectations. Most before and after photos show considerable improvement in six pack definition post operation. You should take care to look at pictures taken by the doctor you are considering to ensure the best results.

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 the abs using effective workout routines. This whole process is improved by eating the right foods to encourage this development.


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 an hour for completion.

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.

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