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Will My Scars Be Visible After Ab Etching?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Abdominal etching has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure in recent years. It involves removing excess fat deposits to create well-defined abdominal muscles. However, some patients are concerned about scarring after ab etching. So, does liposuction leave scars? Not necessarily. When working with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Rolando Morales, you can expect natural-looking results without noticeable scarring. 

At Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, we use advanced techniques to make recovery as seamless as possible. Call now to learn more about this surgery and how patients can ensure their own success at home. 

Where are the incisions made for ab etching? 

Before performing an abdominal etching procedure, Dr. Morales will create detailed markings on your body while you flex your muscles. These markings are designed to serve as a guide during surgery. Small incisions are then made in the natural creases of the abdomen. Once the incisions are made, a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted to sculpt the desired muscles. 

Does liposuction leave scars? 

We understand that patients are worried about scarring after ab etching. After all, the goal of this procedure is to enhance the appearance of your abdomen. However, the incisions made during liposuction are typically very small and well-hidden. In fact, they often heal to become barely noticeable. 

How can I reduce scarring after ab etching? 

At Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, we prioritize patient comfort and safety. That's why we provide detailed instructions for post-operative care to ensure a smooth recovery from liposuction. Here are a few tips to get started:  

  • Keep the incisions clean and dry: Although the incisions made during ab etching are small, they still need to be kept clean and dry to prevent infection. Use antibacterial soap or other products as directed and gently pat the area dry with a clean cloth. 
  • Avoid sun exposure: Sun exposure can cause scars to become darker, so avoid direct sunlight as much as possible during the first few weeks of recovery. If you do go outside, wear clothing that covers the incision sites. 
  • Do not pick or scratch at the incisions: Picking at the incisions can worsen scarring, so try to resist the urge. If you experience any itching or discomfort, consult with Dr. Morales for proper care instructions. 
  • Try scar creams or gels: Once the incisions have healed, you can ask Dr. Morales about using scar creams to further minimize their appearance. These products may help soften and flatten scars over time. 

Watching for signs of infection 

Infection is a rare but possible complication after any surgical procedure, including ab etching. Follow all post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Morales and keep an eye out for the following:  

  • Increased pain or tenderness around the incision 
  • Redness, swelling, or warmth around the incision 
  • Pus or drainage from the incision 
  • Fever or chills 

If you experience these symptoms, contact Morales Plastic Surgery right away for further guidance. Early detection and treatment can prevent scarring as well as other serious complications. 

Ask about recovery from abdominal etching 

So, does liposuction leave scars? With the right surgeon and proper aftercare, the answer is no. At Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, we strive to provide our patients with natural-looking results. Now, you can achieve the defined abs you've always wanted. Book a meeting with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales today to learn about this advanced cosmetic procedure.

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