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What Happens If You Gain Weight After an Ab Etch?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Getting rid of body fat can be challenging. You may eat the right meals and exercise regularly, but sometimes fat pockets prevent you from having the sculpted appearance you want. This is especially true in our midsections. A Houston cosmetic surgeon can treat small amounts of fat through abdominal etching treatment so you can achieve six pack abs.

So, what happens if you gain weight after abdominal etching? Will this impact your results? The great news is that once fat cells are removed, they are gone. Removed fat cannot return to the abdomen even if you gain weight. Your six pack abs will still be defined to a certain degree. However, patients should still maintain a steady weight because existing fat cells in other areas can still grow.

It is important for patients to learn about their surgical options and when one treatment may be more ideal than the other. If you are interested in ab etching, call Morales Plastic Surgery for an assessment. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can describe the details of this procedure and create a custom plan for you.

Abdominal etching explained

Liposuction is a form of fat removal that targets the abdomen and other areas, like the hips and thighs. It treats different areas that cannot be addressed through traditional diet and workouts. During liposuction, a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through a small incision to loosen and remove excess fat.

Ab etching is a similar body contouring method that takes liposuction to the next level. It removes excess fat in between the abdominal muscles to create indentations that are similar to a washboard stomach. With ab etching, your stomach appears firmer and more muscular. Patients can finally get six pack abs on a long-term basis, even if they gain some weight.

Who should get abdominal etching?

Abdominal etching treatment is offered for patients who work hard to maintain their weight but still struggle with having toned-looking muscles in the abdomen. While healthy adults of any age can be qualified for treatment, it is not a great fit for everyone. Ideal candidates are physically fit and have a healthy body fat percentage.

The best way to assess your candidacy is to speak with a Houston cosmetic surgeon. During this initial meeting, we can perform an examination and make recommendations as needed. If we decide to move forward, we can provide a list of pre- and post-operative instructions. We can also address concerns, such as weight gain after treatment.

How ab etching is performed

Abdominal etching is performed in a similar manner to regular liposuction. Small incisions are made within the contours of the abdomen to minimize scarring. We use a special tumescent liposuction technique to sculpt fatty tissue just beneath the skin. Fat is thinned in some areas and removed in others. Most patients resume a normal schedule within one week. However, it may take up to six months to see the full effect of surgery.

Get your six pack abs

Getting washboard abs is not as simple as you think. When having a contoured look seems impossible after consistent diet and exercise, Dr. Rolando Morales is a Houston cosmetic surgeon who offers popular procedures, like abdominal etching treatment. Our team can remove the stubborn fat and define your muscles to get a six pack. Call the knowledgeable team at Morales Plastic Surgery to discover how to begin the process.

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