Abdominal etching is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits in the abdominal area to create a more muscular abdomen, otherwise known as a “six pack.” Abdominal etching can be performed on both male and female patients.
This procedure is most suitable for fit, well toned patients, as the procedure unveils the patients natural underlining abdominal area. Abdominal etching also compliments other procedures such as liposuction or tummy tuck. This procedure is recommended to patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle for optimal immediate results as well as long term.
The procedure is administered under anaesthetic for a duration of an hour. The surgeon makes small cuts on the belly button and other natural creases of the abdomen. The surgeon will then use an instrument such as a cannula to suck out the fat deposits. Grooves will be sculpted in particular fat layers in order to emphasise the abdomen’s muscular contours.
The recovery process for abdominal etching requires patients to wear a compression garment which can only be removed to shower. Patients will be sore in the abdominal region following the surgery and will experience swelling and bruising. Medication can be prescribed by the surgeon to assist with the pain and a cold pack will also alleviate some pain and reduce swelling and bruising. Patients that undergo abdominal etching must not participate in exercise or any lifting until approved by surgeon.
The results of abdominal etching will be evident six months following the surgical procedure.