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How Does Ab Etching Differ From Liposuction?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Getting rid of excess body fat can be difficult. Even eating right, exercising frequently, and living a healthy lifestyle cannot always reduce fat in certain areas. Cosmetic fat removal through liposuction surgery and abdominal etching treatment can work wonders for your silhouette. So, what is abdominal etching, and how does liposuction work?

Dr. Rolando Morales is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in body contouring surgery in Houston, TX. We can help you achieve a slimmer appearance or six-pack abs based on your needs and goals. To learn about the benefits of liposuction and ab etching, schedule a private assessment with Morales Plastic Surgery. We are proud to offer advanced procedures that make you look and feel your best.

What is liposuction?

Body contouring procedures are very popular, with people trying to gain a slimmer and more fit appearance. Traditional liposuction is specifically used to remove excess fat from the abdomen or other areas. Dr. Morales uses a special tool known as a cannula to contour the stomach and treat unwanted fat. However, patients should learn that liposuction is not necessarily a form of weight loss. Instead, it encourages individuals to continue living a healthy lifestyle to maintain their great results.

What is abdominal etching?

So, what is abdominal etching? This treatment is also designed to address fat in the abdominal area, but in a different way. Ab etching is meant for patients who want six-pack abs and a more muscular-looking stomach. To begin, Dr. Morales creates detailed markings on your abdomen while they are in a flexed position. We then make small incisions to reduce the visibility of potential scars. Fat is then removed and thinned in a precise manner just underneath the surface of the skin. This is what creates the appearance of a sculpted abdomen.

Which one should I choose?

People who simply want a slimmer stomach may be candidates for traditional liposuction surgery. If you are more interested in six-pack abs, abdominal etching treatment may be the better option. The main difference is that liposuction removes excess fat in general, while ab etching treats localized fat for those who want true definition. During a consultation in Houston, TX, Dr. Morales can learn about your cosmetic goals and make recommendations as needed. We will also review your health and medical history to make sure these treatments are safe for you.

Ideal patients for either procedure:

  • Are in good overall health

  • Have a strong immune system

  • Have good skin elasticity

  • Are not taking medications that increase risk of bleeding

  • Have realistic expectations for results

Get six-pack abs and more

When undergoing any kind of plastic surgery, it is important to choose an experienced professional you can trust. Dr. Rolando Morales is a board-certified surgeon who provides an environment where you can have candid and open conversations about your goals. If you are concerned about extra fat in the abdomen or are interested in getting a six-pack, contact Morales Plastic Surgery about liposuction surgery or abdominal etching treatment. We can achieve the aesthetic results you desire in Houston, TX.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.