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How Does Ab Etching Differ From Liposuction?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Both liposuction and abdominal etching are cosmetic procedures used to remove unwanted fat from the body. While liposuction removes fat from nearly any area, ab etching at Morales Plastic Surgery defines the abdominal muscles and creates the appearance of washboard abs.

It can be hard to spot the difference between some fat reduction treatments, but it is important to understand how each works before deciding which is right for your needs. Call board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales for an assessment and see how he can help you achieve your aesthetic goals in Houston.

How do fat pockets form?

The human body can store fat in many places, and for many, these areas include the abdomen, hips, and thighs. Even when we live a generally healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise, the fat cells in these areas do not disappear completely. Instead, they shrink and grow with our weight, so it can be so difficult to maintain a slim figure.

What are the differences between liposuction and ab etching?

While both cosmetic procedures are designed to remove fat from the body, some key differences exist between liposuction and abdominal etching in Houston.

Liposuction is a more comprehensive treatment that can be used to target fat pockets in nearly any area, including the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, and back. People who undergo liposuction can expect to see a noticeable reduction in the size of these areas.

On the other hand, abdominal etching is specifically designed for the abdomen. During treatment, fat is removed or thinned out to accentuate the stomach muscles and the line running down the center of the abdomen. This results in washboard abs that are more defined and visible.

What are the benefits of fat reduction?

Many benefits come with fat reduction procedures. In addition to improving your appearance, liposuction and abdominal etching can also lead to increased confidence and self-esteem. Additionally, some find it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery because they no longer have the same struggle with problem areas.

Who is a good candidate for either treatment?

The best candidates for liposuction and abdominal etching are adults in good overall health who are near their ideal body weight. Our patients at Morales Plastic Surgery diet and exercise regularly but still have issues achieving results on their own.

Patients should always have a positive and realistic outlook toward aesthetic surgery. During a consultation, Dr. Morales will assess your unique needs and let you know what to expect. We also provide before-and-after photos to give you an idea of what results are possible.

What is the recovery process like?

Liposuction and abdominal etching are outpatient procedures, meaning patients can return home the same day. However, some bruising, swelling, and discomfort are normal and to be expected. These symptoms will gradually subside over the course of a few weeks as your body heals. Recovery times vary between patients but should not be too challenging.

Learn about our cosmetic procedures

Liposuction and abdominal etching can give you the slim and toned figure you desire. To learn more about fat reduction procedures or to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales, call our staff at Morales Plastic Surgery. We can help you achieve your aesthetic goals and improve your self-confidence, no matter which treatment you choose in Houston.

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