Abdominal etching surgery: all you need to know
If you are one of those fitness-savvy guys who have dedicated yourself to building a body that inspires awe and respect—particularly among girls— you must be much into sporting a six-pack. At the same time, you know how demanding it is to get those abs to come out of hiding.
Hours of crunches, planking, sit-ups, leg raises, and jackknifes, along with a strict diet plan might eventually give you the flat, muscular belly you want, but how many of us have that time and endurance to keep up to the end to see the washboard abs finally achieved?
Moreover, fat layers on the belly sometimes become so suborn that however hard you exercise, they don’t seem to come off. Frankly speaking, your body type may not be apt to reveal you abdominals just like the hunky guys with rippling abs you see in the fitness magazines.
The good news is that plastic surgeons are now able to sculpt your belly fat into six-pack abs that look as natural as real ones. Using precise liposculpture techniques, they finely suction out the fat layers around your abdominal muscles to accentuate the natural lines of the abs. They named this cosmetic procedure ‘abdominal etching’.
How is abdominal etching performed?
Abdominal etching or ab etching, also referred to as six-pack surgery and lipoetching, is a highly-targeted liposuction procedure that aims to make the abdominals look more toned and chiseled. It is an outpatient cosmetic procedure that takes an hour or two and can be performed under general and local anesthesia.
The surgeon first draws lines with a marker on the patient’s stomach to mark the six-pack abs and the exact locations from where fat should be removed. Then, after making a small incision, he/she inserts a thin cannula, a blunt-tipped tube containing a hole.
Plastic surgeon draws dashed line on abdomen before surgery.
The surgeon then repeatedly move the cannula along the specified areas to dislodge the fat deposits, which will then be suctioned out by a suction device attached to the cannula. Unlike traditional liposuction, a lipo-etching procedure targets specific fat deposits, leaving some fat in certain areas untouched. The result is a flat stomach with pronounced abdominals.
Am I a candidate for ab etching?
An ideal six-pack surgery candidate is a person who is already in relatively good shape but has been unable to get that level of six-pack abs definition he/she was looking for through workout regimens.
You may think that this is nonsense, because an individual who sticks to a regular exercise program can achieve a washboard stomach on his/her own, but it’s easier said than done; you must have been dripping with sweat for a few months doing grueling workouts to know what an uphill battle it would be.
In short, good abdominal etching candidates are those who are at a normal and stable weight with small fat deposits that have been resistant to diet and exercise.
Additionally, candidates should be nonsmoker or at least quit smoking for a couple of weeks before and after surgery. They also need to understand that a healthy and active lifestyle is required after the procedure because any weight gain would undermine the results of the ab etching surgery.
Although 6-pack abs is normally sought by men, there are women who wish to have this trendy physique, too. Therefore, both men and women can be candidates for this procedure with the abdominal etching for women being no different from a six-pack surgery for men in terms of the technique used, unless that women often look for lower levels of definition.
Abdominal etching pre-op tips
Like any other surgery, abdominal etching requires that patients get well-prepared before surgery in order to have a safe and successful procedure. Be sure to follow these pre-operative instructions before you six-pack surgery:
- Consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to find out if you are a good candidate for a high-def liposuction on abs
- Stop smoking and drinking several weeks prior to your surgery appointment—the sooner the better
- Make sure to have someone to take you home or to the hotel after you are discharged from the clinic or hospital
- Do not eat anything 12 hours prior to the surgery
- Stop blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medications and supplements, e.g. aspirin, a few weeks prior to surgery
Abdominal etching surgery recovery time and post-op care
You will experience some degree of swelling, bruising and discomfort after a six-pack surgery, which is normal. Your surgeon will prescribe a compression garment for you to wear for 3-6 weeks, except when bathing. This garment helps in reducing swelling and keeping the new contour of the stomach while it heals.
You should refrain from strenuous activities, heavy lifting, or anything else that puts pressure on your midriff for about three weeks, but you can resume swimming and light workouts in 5 days. Most patients will be able to return to work in one week. It takes 3-6 months for your abdominals to settle so that you could see the final results.
What are the common side effects and risks of abdominal etching surgery?
Although abdominal etching is considered as a minimally invasive and relatively safe surgery, there are some potential risks candidates need to be fully informed of prior to their decision to arrange a surgery appointment.
Ab etching risks and complications include infection, bleeding, loss of sensation, prolonged swelling and bruising, nerve/vessel injury, fluid accumulation, and skin necrosis, and simply you not being happy with the result.
Abdominal implants: an alternative to ab etching
Sometimes six-pack liposculpture may not give you that washboard stomach you have in mind because you either lack enough fat pockets on the belly or your abdominal muscles are too underdeveloped to be emphasized by liposuction. Abdominal implants are meant for these people.
Six-pack implants are designed to mimic the appearance of six-pack abs to improve an individual’s self-confidence. They are slowly growing in popularity along with another procedure called pec implants, which involves inserting implants to improve the chest muscles (pectorals) for a more muscular appearance.
Ab implants and pec implants procedures are typically done under general anesthesia and may require a night of stay in hospital. 6-pack implants and pectoral implants come in different sizes and shapes and you can choose the right ones with the help of your doctor.
Abdominal etching in Iran: advantages and cost
Ab etching is offered by many Iranian plastic surgeons. Six-pack abs surgery in Iran is performed using the latest liposuction techniques, such as Lipomatic, Ultra-Z lipo, and VASER lipo.
With their extensive experience and skill in liposculpting procedures, Iranian cosmetic surgeons are able to give you natural-looking six-pack abs that will improve your appearance and self-esteem.
In addition, you won’t have to pay through the nose to have an ab etching in Iran. Iran is a very affordable country to travel and the cost of cosmetic surgeries are fair and affordable.
Six-pack surgery cost in Iran
The overall cost of an abdominal etching surgery in Iran is much more reasonable than many other countries. While six-pack surgery prices in Iran vary depending on the amount of fat removed, the surgeon’s experience, the clinic fee, and the method of liposuction, the cost of ab etching in Iran is around $2000 on average, including all related costs (anesthesia, medications, etc.). This is while the average cost of an abdominal etching procedure in the US and the UK is $7000 and $8000, respectively.
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