Abdominal Etching Overview
In Central Arizona, Dr. Tsujimura provides a specialty surgery using liposuction to accentuate the abdominal rippling effect many men desire with abdominal etching. Our board-certified surgeon enhance the definition of the abdominal muscles by removing excess fat and reshaping that region to create a sculpted ab appearance. Ideal candidates for this procedure are men in relatively good shape who desire a more defined abdomen. With the help of Scottsdale Plastic Surgeons, abdominal etching artfully creates washboard abs that are sometimes hard to get through diet and exercise alone.
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Abdominal Etching Surgical Technique
Abdominal etching is done with a special tumescent liposuction technique. The procedure removes and sculpts fatty tissue residing under the skin. Before the procedure, detailed markings are made of the patient’s flexed abs. During the surgery, small incisions are made within the natural contours of the abdomen. This helps minimize scarring. Through these incisions, fat is removed in some areas, thinned in others, and rearranged to accentuate the abdomen (rectus) muscles and the linea alba (the line running down the center of the abdomen).
Abdominal Etching During/After Surgery
All male abdominal etching procedures are performed under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) sedation as an outpatient procedure at our surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about one to two hours. Following surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising in the abdomen. A compression garment should be worn for 3-6 weeks. Most patients are able to resume a normal work schedule within 1 week and incorporate exercise within 3 weeks. The full effect of surgery should be noticed within 6 months. This surgery allows men increased definition of their abdominals.
Abdominal Etching Expected Cost
The cost of male abdominal etching surgery varies based on the extent of surgery. The average cost is around $5,500 to $7,600.
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Abdominal Etching for Men FAQs
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate for abdominal etching is a male with up to 20% body fat and good muscle tone, but who feels frustrated because he cannot attain “washboard abs”.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
Yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using a liposuction method, this will help define and enhance the muscles. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and use a mechanism that can help the skin become tighter. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are placed in the lines of the abdominal muscles and are small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.