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Abdominal Etching

Ab Etching in Houston, TX

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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.

Benefits of Abdominal Etching

A customized ab etching procedure performed by Dr. Morales can help men get the more chiseled and defined abs they want with benefits like:

  • Creating dramatic, noticeable results when diet and exercise have failed
  • Flattening, sculpting, and toning the stomach
  • Highlighting and accentuating the 6-pack
  • Reducing even the most stubborn areas of fat
  • Scarring is minimal and hidden in natural body contours

Surgical Technique

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).

During/After Surgery

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.

Expected Cost

The cost of male abdominal etching surgery varies based on the extent of surgery. The average cost is around $5,100 to $7,000.

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Average Cost  
$8,000 - $11,000
Recovery Time  
3-5 Days
Average Procedure Time  
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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.

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