Men in the Houston and surrounding areas like Katy, TX look to highly skilled plastic surgeons, like Dr. Morales, to enhance the definition of their abdominal muscles, and give them “washboard abs” that are difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone. Abdominal etching removes excess fat from the abdominal region to reshape the abs, and create a more sculpted appearance. Dr. Morales uses liposuction to accentuate the rippling effect men desire. The best candidates for abdominal etching are men in relatively good shape, and desire well-defined abs without intrusive scarring.
"Great Experience with Dr Morales - Dr. Morales was very kind, professional and provided me with great results!! He was readily available to address any of my concerns throughout the entire process. Another doctor previously preformed a butt augumentation with implants; I was disappointed and left with improperly placed implants along with very deap and unsightly scars. Dr. Morales had since removed the implants and revised my..."- C. / RealSelf / Sep 08, 2017
"33 Years Old, Two Boys and I Needed 'ME" Back! - Houston, TX - When i first got in the doctor's office (after doing deep deep research on his practice and him, i mean hours of research, do your homework!! ) I was NERVOUS! Dr. Morales made me feel so comfortable , reminding me that he does this for a living!! He made me feel so good... so i decided right there on the spot that i was going to have a surgery with him, i visited 4 doctors before him, but none of them had the perfectionist eye that he did, HEY ! my body right, we better get it right the first time.... My experience has being amazing, we had a few bumps on the way, my skin did not reacted well so i had an infection my second week, my amazing Dr. was super responsive, he was busy with his family and i would shoot him an e-mail an within minutes he would respond, called medicine in for me to the pharmacy and comforted me that everything was going to be ok. His assistant Linda went above and beyond with me, when i had made a last minute decision on the size of my implants, she asked all around to get what i wanted ( DO NOT DO THAT BY THE WAY), but she made it happened, she was there thru the whole process , I remember coming in frustrated and her comforting me and telling me that everything was going to work out just great!! OVERALL! my experience with all the staff was amazing, I do not regret it, i feel amazing and I'm looking pretty awesome as well!! all i can say is that this Doctor's hands were a calling from God, he does not only makes you feel special but he gives your life back by giving you confidence... Thanks Dr. Morales!"- T. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2017
"Arm Lift and Bra Line Lift After 170 Lb Weight Loss - Houston, TX - I finally decided to pull the trigger on this surgery after dealing with the excess skin and rashes for 4 years. I found Dr. Morales via extensive internet research and after a couple of other consultations I decided that he was my man. He was unique in his vision for my body and gave me different options for my incision placement. I haven't worn sort sleeves or sleeveless shirts without a..."- R. / RealSelf / Aug 31, 2017
"36 Yrs, 4 Kids, Athlete and a Professional Career Woman - I decided to do a butt implant with fat transfer about a year ago after I worked so hard for many years to "grow" my backside with diet and exercise. After my 4th child, everything seem to disappear or go to shit. Lol!! In the past year, I've had revised breast implants, a full tummy fuck and topped it off with the butt implants. I'm on 11 days post op and feeling amazing!!! My dr is Dr..."- F. / RealSelf / Jul 23, 2017
"So Far, So Good, Worth It! - I was a little skeptical and very nervous about doing this. On a recent vacation I noticed how flabby I was in stomach area despite me being a regular in the gym. Yes I have ate clean did crunches and cardio and nothing. I also had scars on my stomach that needed to be taken care of. I am very happy with results and honestly didn't think it would come out this great. So far I'm in my 6th week..."- R. / RealSelf / May 16, 2017
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).
All male abdominal etching procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. 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.
The cost of male abdominal etching surgery varies based on the extent of surgery. The average cost is around $2,500 to $5,000.
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- Average Cost
- $5,100 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
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Abdominal Etching FAQs
Will I Have a "6 Pack"?
For the ideal candidate, yes! Many people hope for a “6 pack” and work for years without attaining the desired results. This is caused by a layer of fat covering the muscle. Abdominal etching removes and sculpts this layer of fat, resulting in the desired “6 pack” for most candidates. Patients with muscle tone already present see the greatest results.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate for abdominal etching is a male with up to 20% body fat and preexisting muscle tissue, but who feels let down because he cannot attain “washboard abs”.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using a liposuction method. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and use a mechanism that can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed near the areola or in the lines between the abdominal muscles and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.