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Female Ab Etching in Houston, TX

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WHAT IS AB ETCHING FOR WOMEN?

Women in the Houston, TX and surrounding areas look to highly skilled plastic surgeons, like Dr. Rolando Morales, to enhance the definition of their abdominal muscles, and give them a more athletic appearance that is difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone. Dr. Morales performs a “soft etch” by removing fat from the abdominal region to enhance the visibility of the abs and create a more sculpted appearance. The best candidates for abdominal etching are women in relatively good shape, and desire well-defined abs without intrusive scarring.

SURGICAL TECHNIQUE

Abdominal etching is done in a high definition liposuction technique. The procedure artistically removes and sculpts fatty tissue under the skin. Before the procedure, detailed markings are made of the patient’s flexed abs. During the surgery, small incisions are made within the natural contours of the abdomen. This helps minimize scarring. Through these incisions, fat is removed in some areas, thinned in others to accentuate the abdomen (rectus) muscles and the linea alba (the line running down the center of the abdomen).

DURING/AFTER SURGERY

All female abdominal etching procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising in the abdomen. A compression garment should be worn for 3-6 weeks. Most patients are able to resume a normal work schedule within one week and incorporate exercise within three weeks. The full effect of surgery should be noticed within six months. This surgery allows women increased definition of their abdominals.

EXPECTED COST

The cost of female abdominal etching surgery varies based on the extent of surgery. The average cost is around $5000 to $9000.

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Average Cost  
$5,000 - $9,000
Recovery Time  
3-5 Days
Average Procedure Time  
1-2 Hours
Procedure Recovery Location  
Outpatient
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ABDOMINAL ETCHING FAQS

WILL I HAVE A "SIX PACK"?

For the ideal candidate, no! Most women do not desire the “hard etch” that men desire, which is often a well-defined six pack. The soft etch is more feminine and is more naturally appearing for most women who want to look more athletic. Women who have had a six-pack and already have muscle tone present typically see the greatest results.

IS LIPOSUCTION ALWAYS NEEDED?

Yes, almost always. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using a liposuction method. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and use a mechanism that can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.

WHAT ABOUT SCARRING?

Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed near the areola or in the lines between the abdominal muscles and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most patients.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.