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.
"Extended tummy tuck/body lift with medial thigh lift - Dr. Morales is the best! I highly recommend him. His bedside manner is very caring and attentive. He is very thorough in answering all questions and taking his time with you. He is also very talented and my results far exceeded my expectations. My pain was minimal and my recovery has been a lot better than I could have hoped for. I am 8 days post op and my results are unbelievable and I know..."- B. / RealSelf / May 30, 2018
"Tummy Tuck/lipo - Dr.Morales is the best. I have no regrets on choosing him as a doctor. I went to 2 other plastic surgeons but neither one of them made me feel as comfortable as he and his staff did. His assistant Linda is just as amazing as he is. If I had to do it all over again I definitely would. Thank you so much Dr.Morales for making me feel good about myself again! If any of you are in the Houston area and are looking for a plastic surgeon Dr.Morales is the 1!"- M. / RealSelf / May 24, 2018
"Tuve una aumento de busto hacen 5 días. Me siento super bien, su personal son extremadamente amables muy serviciales en especial mrs. Linda, la mejor tremendo trabajo y Dr. Morales muy amable que Dios bendiga tus manos. Te veo soon!"- H.R. / Facebook / May 19, 2018
"27 Years Old, Mommy of 2, Much Needed Makeover - Totally worth it! I went to see Dr. Morales wanting a breast augmentation but also curious about a tummy tuck since I had loose skin from two pregnancies. From the beginning I felt very comfortable with doctor Morales and his patient coordinator Linda. They both listened and understood exactly what I wanted. I planned on consulting with more doctors but after meeting him I knew it wasn’t n..."- H. / RealSelf / May 18, 2018
"Mommy Makeover? Us Small Town Latinas Just Don't Do This! - This has been an amazing experience! Dr. Morales and his staff are just awesome! They love what they do and they portray it! They are attentive, professional, and care about your needs! No questions left unanswered and they will go above and beyond to ensure that you are pleased with the results."- I. / RealSelf / May 18, 2018
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.