What is abdominal etching and how is it done?

It can often be difficult for people to achieve six pack abs at the gym. It often takes a lot of time and effort, can involve taking protein supplements, and even then you may not be able to achieve the results you really want. Abdominal etching allows you to have abs which are well defined, without having to spend excess time at the gym.

Abdominal etching involves using ClearLipo™ to remove the line of fat from the abdomen, giving more definition to the muscles beneath. This procedure can also be referred to as liposculpture.

Am I a good candidate for abdominal etching?


You will achieve the best results from this procedure if you already have well-toned underlying abdomen muscles. Abdominal etching removes the layer of fat to reveal the already existing abs, rather than creating abs from scratch. If your total body fat percentage is too high, you will not be suitable for this procedure.

If you have already had a tummy tuck or liposuction, you may also be a suitable candidate.

If you are considering undertaking abdominal etching, it is important to note that it will be recommended you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine in order to increase the longevity of the results.

This is a suitable procedure for both men and women.

What happens during the procedure?


At Centre for Surgery, abdominal etching is considered a day procedure. You will be able to return home the same day once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.

The surgery takes around one hour to complete.

Prior to the procedure, your abdominal muscles will be outlined, so they can be used as a guide during surgery. You will be given a ClearSleep™ anaesthetic.

The procedure involves making several small incisions in the natural creases of the abdomen. Next, a thin cannula will be inserted to remove the excess fat and help sculpt the abdominals. The incision is then closed.

What can I expect during the recovery period?


As a result of the incisions, you will have a small scar. However, this will fade over time. The incision will be made in the creases of the skin, in order to make it less noticeable.

Following the procedure, you may experience some bruising, pain and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. You will be required to wear a compression garment at all times, except when bathing.

You will need to avoid strenuous physical exercise, particularly lifting heavy weights and any exercise that puts pressure on the abdominal muscles. You will be able to resume these activities after about three weeks.

You will be able to notice the final results six months after the procedure.

Are there any side effects?


As with any surgical procedure, undergoing abdominal etching runs the risk of:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Nerve damage, particularly in the belly button region
  • Reactions to the anaesthetic
  • Excess scarring



Interested in abdominal etching? Centre for Surgery can help! Contact us today for more information or to book a consultation.

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