Abdominal etching is a surgical procedure that takes cosmetic surgery patients a step beyond lipoplasty fat removal. The abdominal etching procedure creates a flatter, tighter stomach area, with stronger muscle definition. Lipoplasty removes or tightens abdominal muscles, but abdominal etching removes excess fat and skin. The result of the procedure depends on the development of the abdominal muscles. In comparison with conventional liposuction, this procedure reveals muscles, instead of creating them. Abdominal etching can also be used to target other muscle groups, such as the abs and deltoids.
Difference between Abdominal Etching and Lipoplasty
Abdominal etching and lipoplasty procedures are both performed in a doctor’s office or in an outpatient surgery center. The surgery usually lasts about one hour, and can be performed under local “twilight” anesthesia, while you are sleepy, sedated, or awake; or under general anesthesia while you are asleep.
Most prospective patients will find it helpful to discuss anaesthesia options with their doctor. During the surgery, two small incisions about one to two millimeters in length are made in the belly button or in the creases of the abdomen so that they are not visible.
In the abdominal etching procedure, muscle areas are brought down to a uniform ideal thickness, and then a finer cannula (a hollow tube-like instrument) is used to further thin the fat at the border and inscriptions of the abdominal muscles. This is a delicate procedure that includes sculpting grooves in fat layers, which emphasizes a muscular appearance.
A different cannula is used to perform the lipoplasty procedure, and muscle-definition sculpting.
After the procedure, patients are allowed to return home within hours of their surgery. However, some may have a longer stay due to personal anatomy factors such as the unchangeable appearance of underlying muscles. After abdominal etching surgery, doctors will supply patients with a post-operative instruction list to reduce the patient’s risk of complications. Patients of this procedure are required to wear a medical compression garment at all times, other than bathing. This will normally need to be worn for three to six weeks. Abdominal etching surgery may also cause pain, swelling, and bruising, which can be managed with medications. Lipoplasty and abdominal etching procedures can be performed at the same time.
The full results of the abdominal etching surgery will appear within six months of the procedure, but most patients often see some results much sooner.
Suitable Abdominal Etching Candidates
There are certain folks that are more qualified to have this surgery than others are. The best candidate for abdominal etching, is a person with naturally athletic-looking underlying muscles that can be accentuated with the surgery. Abdominal etching can be used as an enhancement to the liposuction procedure. This procedure can provide improvements to lipoplasty candidates with localized, exercise-resistant fat deposits. In addition, patients who undergo a abdominalplasty or tummy tuck procedure to reduce loosened and excessive muscles can get a more athletic-looking appearance with abdominal etching.
Candidates for this procedure must also follow a proper diet and exercise program, which will be necessary to maintain the benefits of the surgery. If you are considering the procedure, it is always best to consult a qualified surgeon, who will ensure that you receive the proper treatment as well as increase the odds of success, and reduce the risk of complications.
There are also some risks of having abdominal etching done although the complications of this procedure are no greater than those of lipoplasty. The most common complications include infection, bleeding, and excessive scarring. However, these problems are rare and with proper care, most patients never experience them. All of these complications can be treated, but may prolong the recovery period.