Many of our patients, men and women, hit the gym to obtain their coveted six-pack or washboard abs. Some patients often fail to achieve their goals, but it is not because of their lack of effort. This is because there are some fat cells or pockets of fat that are resistant to targeted exercise and clean eating. Snyder Plastic Surgery at The Breast and Body Center have a surgical solution to achieve the chiseled abdomen you deserve. Austin, TX board-certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Dr. Ned Snyder IV can sculpt your abs using advanced liposuction techniques. If you are at your goal weight, have a tight core, but still want more definition, you are a great candidate for this procedure. Learn more at a private consultation in our Austin, TX office. Enjoy the physique you worked hard to obtain and see optimal results with ab etching.
Abdominal etching surgery uses liposuction to remove some of the fat pockets in the abdominal region and reshapes the existing fat by moving it into specific areas, sculpting it to appear redefined. In most cases, tumescent liposuction is the approach used. Dr. Snyder will apply specific abdominal patterns depending on the present muscle tone of the patient. The patterns also consider the natural curves of the abdomen for a more realistic effect. Tiny incisions are made along the natural folds so scarring is not an issue with this procedure.
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All abdominal etching surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The liposuction approach requires either general anesthesia or IV sedation, and the entire procedure can last up to an hour. Results are not instantly seen after the procedure because the abdomen is usually swollen and bruised. This will subside in a few weeks. A compression garment is warn in the days following surgery to help in the healing process, as well as to help keep the abdomen tight and firm. Most patients can go back to their routine within 1 to 2 weeks. Exercise must be restricted until advised by Dr. Snyder. Within just a few days after surgery, patients will notice the rippling effect in their upper and lower stomach, which resembles a toned and muscular looking abdomen.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $7,500
- Recovery Time
- 3 – 10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 7 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
Abdominal Etching FAQs
Abdominal etching is a procedure that specifically targets the abdominal muscles to define its contours giving the appearance of "washboard abs." The reason why it is difficult to achieve the effect with just normal exercise is due to a resistant layer of fat that covers the muscles. To achieve the definition, liposuction targets specific fat pads to chisel out the lines and emphasize muscle tone.
The best candidates for this procedure are men and women who have minimal fat deposit around the abdomen area and have some toned muscle. Active individuals, who have a hard time defining their abs, are ideal for this procedure. We will measure the fat layer, which should not exceed 2 inches when pinched. If there’s a thicker layer, an initial liposuction surgery may be recommended or intensive exercise until the required measurements are achieved.
How Does It Work?
Most abdominal etching procedures are performed using tumescent liposuction. The procedure is minimally invasive and only needs incisions 1 – 2 mm long. This allows for the cannula to be inserted while wounds are easily concealed. The liposuction will target a thin layer of fat and soft tissues, and Dr. Snyder will manipulate the internal structures so that the desired sculpted appearance is attained.
This is a minimally invasive procedure so the incisions are small. Dr. Snyder will create a cut big enough to insert the cannula near the areola, belly button, or along the natural crease of the abdomen. With proper care, the incisions will fade and gradually become unnoticeable over time.