Abdominal Etching

Abdominal etching is a liposuction procedure that claims to sculpt and enhance the appearance of your waistline and create six-pack abs.

Abdominal Etching

Have you seen ads for supplements, workout routines or ‘simple tricks’ that guarantee you a well-toned abdominal six pack? They’re lying. Medically speaking, this is simply not possible. A lot of people are flat out unable to naturally develop six packs or visibly toned muscle structure in certain places, no matter how many supplements they take or how many tailored workout regimes they try. Their inherent muscle structure and adipose tissue arrangements just don’t allow it.

What Does Abdominal Etching Involve?


The first step is an initial consultation session. This is a chance for you to tell us exactly how you’d like your body to look, and for us to show you exactly what’s possible. The operation itself is relatively straightforward and minimally invasive. It only requires local anaesthesia and you’ll be able to walk out afterwards, and capable of returning to work after only 1-3 days.

After the anaesthetist has gotten things started, your surgeon will make one to four small incisions, each one about 2-3mm long. The exact number will depend on the precise requirements of your body contouring procedure. A micro-cannula, only 1mm in diameter, will be inserted into these incisions and moved back and forth across the problem areas, delivering a combination of anaesthetic and tumescent fluid. This will numb the area, restrict bleeding, prevent excessive swelling and break down fat cells so they’ll flow away more easily.

With the area prepped like this, it’s time for the surgeon to swap cannulas and go to work. They’ll now insert specialised suction cannulas and remove the lingering fat cells, paying special attention to areas around the abdominal musculature, clearly defining the linea alba and tendinous intersections. Once they’re finished, each incision can be neatly shut with a single stitch.

Thanks to the local anaesthetic, you won’t feel a thing for the first 6-8 hours after surgery. By the time it wears off you’ll have been prescribed ongoing pain medication that will see you through the entirety of the brief recovery period.

Is Abdominal Etching Right For You?


If you’ve stopped seeing gains from working out but would still like better muscle definition, abdominal etching can help. If you’ve lost a lot of weight but just can’t seem to shake off the belly flab, various body toning procedure can finish the job. If you’re in good health and want an athletic look to reflect it, abdominal etching can make it happen.

Without a consultation session, it’s not possible for us to say with certainty that abdominal etching is right for you. But generally, if you’re looking for better muscle definition and exercise can’t make it happen, it’s a great choice. In our experience, many patients tend to underestimate what it can do and end up being very pleasantly surprised.


When can I expect to see full results?


After an abdominal etching procedure you can expect that swelling will hide the effects for the first 24-48 hours and continue to reduce for the next 14-21 days. At this time you will have 60-70% of the final outcome with full results coming visible after 2-3 months.

How long does the surgery take and what recovery time is required?


Abdominal etching generally take from 1-2 hours. You must wear a pressure garment 24 hours per day for 2-4 weeks following surgery, only removing it to shower. Most patients return to work 1-3 days following the procedure. Light stretching and gentle walking may be done after 14 days and normal activities can be resumed after 4 weeks.

What are the risks involved with abdominal etching?


Fortunately, the risks associated with abdominal etching are very rare and thousands of operations are performed every year with no problems. Some potential complications include bruising and swelling, postoperative bleeding, blood clots in the legs and infection. Your surgeon will discuss the risks in detail at your consultation.

How much weight can I expect to lose after abdominal etching surgery?


Abdominal etching is not a fat reduction surgery and should not be expected to help you lose substantial amount of weight. It is designed for people in good physical health looking for more athletic contouring. If you expect dramatic changes from abdominal etching, you will probably be disappointed.

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