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.
"57 Years Old and Had a Tummy Tuck and Lipo of Flanks, Bra Line, and Back - Houston, TX - Dr. Morales is AWESOME! He truly cares about his patients. He looks you in the eye when talking to you and is very honest about the expected outcome. When he is with you for an appointment or on the day of surgery, he makes you feel that he has all the time in the world to answer any questions you may have. I sent an email with a couple post op questions and Dr. Morales personally answered me back very quickly. Phone calls are also returned in a timely manner. Dr. Morales even gave me roses after the surgery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering cosmetic surgery. Well worth me having to drive 4 hours for appointments to have a wonderful doctor like this. - - I decided to have a TT and lipo of the flanks, bra line, and back due to the fact that with age my body was getting fat deposits and losing tone. Walking and diet had not been able to take care of my torso area. I was getting “my mom’s body shape” and I knew that I didn’t look as good in my clothes as I would like.After I went for my consultation and paid for the surgery, I kept questioning myself on my decision. “Am I too old to go through this?” “Is this going to be worth it?” “Is this a waste of money?” I’m sure many of you have thought the same thing. I am so glad that I did go through with the surgery. Even though I still have minor swelling at a little over three weeks out, I am amazed at the difference in my body. I feel great and have had no major issues.My surgery was on a Tuesday. From the time I walked into the hospital, everyone was kind and caring and made sure that any questions I had were addressed. I stayed in the hospital the first night and I had a compression garment on that wrapped around me and Velcroed in place. Wednesday I went to a hotel since I lived four hours away and my doctor wanted me to stay close for a few days. Thursday my doctor sent a home health nurse to check my incision and answer any questions I might have. Took my first shower this day also. I had read that pinning the drains to an “exercise band” draped around your neck would help during shower time and it definitely worked great. Friday I came home after an appointment with the doctor to check on how things were going for me.10 days after surgery, I went back to the doctor to have my drains removed. I had heard stories about the pain associated with having the drains removed, but thankfully I had no pain at all. At this appointment, they also changed me from the wrap around compression garment to body suit type of garment. This new garment is like a body suit that goes from a bra at the top to my knees. It is like a girdle for the entire area and is a lot more comfortable than the wrap around garment.17 days after surgery they took the surgical tape off my incision. The stitches will dissolve. I now wear steri-strips over the incision. Day 30 I will go back and they will start doing scar therapy. My scar is already a VERY thin line and looks good.The pros for me have been many. I love my new shape. Even with a little of swelling still, I look a lot better in my clothes. I know my confidence will be helped also since I feel that I look better.The only cons I can even think of are the expense and being restricted on activities for now."- C. / RealSelf / Jan 27, 2017
"Awesome Doctor!! - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues... - - Awesome doctor! Dr. Morales is a very kind and caring person. I felt comfortable from the day of my consultation all the way through the procedure and post-op appointments. He takes the time to answer any questions you have without making you feel rushed. His staff are wonderful to deal with also. He even gave me roses after my surgery! Due to his excellent care, I have had no issues with healing and I look great! (I am 57 years old and had TT with lipo of flanks, bra line, and back)"- C. / RealSelf / Jan 25, 2017
"51 Years Old, Weight Loss Loose Skin, Very Unhappy with my Appearance. - Dr. Morales is fabulous. You can tell he really cares about his patients. I felt very comfortable and assured about my procedure. He explained all of my options and answered all questions. I'm so glad I chose him as my plastic surgeon. His bedside manner is very comforting. I've already recommended him to others that are amazed with his work. - - I had had weight loss surgery and lost a lot of weight. This left saggy skin all over my body. A friend that had used Dr. Morales for some procedures recommended him. I was a little nervous at first but was put completely at ease by Dr. Morales and his staff. He did a complete evaluation and recommended procedures. He did a great job of answering my questions and his educated office staff.The results are much better than I imagined they would be. I can't tell you how happy I am. I wish I had done this sooner."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2017
"36 Years Old, 3 Boys and in the Best Shape Ever!!! - Best Doctor ever!!! I did research for months before I found Dr. Morales. He has been so good to me and I feel great!!! I went from a size 14 in dress to a size 4-6, from a size 34 in jeans to a size 27 and am still loosing inches!!! - - I had 2 c-sections in one year and was very depressed with the body I was left with. I did my research and found a great doctor. I feel great! I had a mommy makeover and some lipo here and there. It was a great experience. Dr. Morales did an excellent job in making sure I was satisfied with all of his work!!!"- E. / RealSelf / Nov 30, 2016
"55 Y/o Female - Houston, TX - He is fantastic. - - Dr. Rolando Morales Jr. is fantastic. I am so thankful I chose him as my surgeon; I had consulted with six others before making a decision. He is very skilled and the best at his craft. He cares about his patients. He far exceeded my expectations. I had several procedures at one time; upper and lower eyelid surgery, bilateral brow lift and under eye fat grafting. He is the BEST..."- H. / RealSelf / Nov 15, 2016
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@headingTag>
Will I Have a "6 Pack"?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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.