NEWSWEEK Top Plastic Surgeon

Book Now

How Long Do Ab Etching Results Last?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Almost everyone wants to have six-pack abs, but it can be hard to get that level of definition on your own. Now, advanced procedures like abdominal etching can help you achieve a toned abdomen without having to spend hours in the gym. However, many of our patients at Morales Plastic Surgery want to know: how long do results last from ab etching, and what can you do to maintain them long-term? 

While the answer depends on several factors, including body type and lifestyle choices, abdominal etching results can last for many years if you maintain a consistent weight. Call to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales in Houston, TX to see if you qualify for this state-of-the-art body contouring surgery. Our professionals can help you look and feel your best long after the procedure is complete. 

How does abdominal etching work? 

Before we dive into the longevity of abdominal etching, it's important to understand how the process works. Abdominal etching involves using specialized liposuction techniques to remove excess fat from around the underlying muscles. People who undergo ab etching are already in good physical shape but may have stubborn pockets of fat that are hard to reduce through traditional diet and exercise alone. 

How long does abdominal etching last? 

The longevity of abdominal etching results varies depending on your body type and individual lifestyle habits, but patients can expect to maintain their toned look for many years. This is because the fat cells that are removed during abdominal etching will not grow back. Of course, the remaining fat cells can still expand if you gain weight, so we ask that you keep a consistent weight once the procedure is complete. 

How can you maintain your abdominal etching results? 

Dr. Morales can provide specific instructions on how to maintain your new washboard abs during a body contouring consultation in Houston, TX. Some general tips include:  

  • Following all post-procedure instructions: Dr. Morales may ask you to rest and avoid strenuous exercise for a short period to allow your body time to heal. Following these instructions prevents complications that could impact your results. 
  • Eating a well-balanced diet: A healthy diet consisting of lean proteins like turkey, fruits and veggies, and whole grains can help you maintain a consistent weight. A professional nutritionist or dietician can make custom meal plans that meet your dietary needs. 
  • Participating in regular exercise: While abdominal etching can give you the appearance of defined muscles, you should still continue exercising on a regular basis. This may include targeted exercises for the abdominal area, such as planks or crunches. 
  • Making smart lifestyle choices: It's no secret that smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have negative effects on your overall health. These habits can also impact your appearance. Quitting smoking and moderating alcohol intake can help prolong your outcomes from abdominal etching. 

Get your six-pack abs 

Do you want more definition in your abdominal muscles? As a trained bodybuilder himself, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can take your body contouring results to a whole new level. If you're ready to learn about abdominal etching in Houston, TX, call Morales Plastic Surgery for an appointment. We can help you maintain the toned abdomen you've always wanted.

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