what is Ab Etching?
Men 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 “washboard abs” that are difficult to achieve through diet and exercise alone. Abdominal etching removes excess fat from the abdominal region to reshape the abs, and create a more sculpted appearance. Dr. Morales uses liposuction to accentuate the rippling effect men desire. The best candidates for abdominal etching are men in relatively good shape, and desire well-defined abs without intrusive scarring.
"Dr Morales and his staff are absolutely amazing! My whole process was very smooth. They accommodated all my needs even with me living 3 hours away! Linda, Dr morales and the whole staff made every appointment enjoyable, and answered any questions i had! Definitely recommend anyone to him!"- H.S. / Google / Mar 14, 2020
"Dr Morales loves what he does, and it shows. He did an amazing job with my augmentation and breast lift. I love every part of my body now. Linda is very patient with me as I had to change my surgery date a few times and always happily returned my phone call with positivity and cheerfulness. Tori was very helpful. The procedure went smooth. And healing as well. I’m so Happy with my result."- K.P. / Google / Mar 04, 2020
"Fantastic experience all the way around."- A.B. / Google / Feb 18, 2020
"The Doctor is Very Knowledgeable - Honestly, the whole staff was wonderful! The doctor is very knowledgeable and actually hears out all of your concerns and tries his best to address them. Prior to seeing Dr. Morales, I had gone to see a “popular” plastic surgeon and he was horrible and lost. When it comes to my health (and also being in the medical field) I am very selective and know what to look for to get the best treatment possible! Dr. Morales gave me the assurance and provided me with the information that no other surgeon out there was able to explain! I thank you Dr. Morales for everything!"- C. / RealSelf / Feb 18, 2020
"I am 48 & just had a makeover 3 months ago (tummy tuck, breast's, lipo & upper & lower eyes) by Dr Morales. I look & feel like a million dollars. I recently lost 85 pounds & now my stomach is now flat. Dr. Morales really worked his magic & skills to create exactly want I wanted. He took the time to explain each procedure & answered all of my questions. He staff is very professional & kind. Excellent customer service from everyone from the front desk staff to the nurses on surgery day. I spent the first night in the hospital- so worth it- excellent care. Then came home & had a nurse come to my house & explain the process of how to clean the areas, drain & any other question I had. I am so happy with my results. My confidence is back in myself after working so hard to lose the weight. Thank you Dr Morales!!!"- J.D. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
Abdominal etching is done with a special tumescent liposuction technique. The procedure removes and sculpts fatty tissue residing 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, and rearranged to accentuate the abdomen (rectus) muscles and the linea alba (the line running down the center of the abdomen).
All male 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 1 week and incorporate exercise within 3 weeks. The full effect of surgery should be noticed within 6 months. This surgery allows men increased definition of their abdominals.
The cost of male abdominal etching surgery varies based on the extent of surgery. The average cost is around $2,500 to $5,000.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,100 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 3-5 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
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Abdominal Etching FAQs
Will I Have a "Six Pack"?
For the ideal candidate, yes! Many people hope for a “six-pack” and work for years without attaining the desired results. This is caused by a layer of fat covering the muscle. Abdominal etching removes and sculpts this layer of fat, resulting in the desired “six-pack” for most candidates. Patients with muscle tone already present see the greatest results.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate for abdominal etching is a male with up to 20% body fat and preexisting muscle tissue, but who feels let down because he cannot attain washboard abs.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. 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 men.