Wouldn't it be nice to go to the gym or the beach and show off a nice chiseled abdomen even if the endless hours at the gym have not paid off?
For patients who diet and exercise, have good skin and muscle tone, but have a few extra pounds in the abdomen that are stubborn, a six-pack abdomen, or abdominal etching, may be the answer. This a specialty liposuction procedure that creates a nicely sculpted abdomen and, for the appropriate patient, can be done in an hour with liposuction alone. No implants are needed, and the results can be spectacular.
If you are seriously considering a six-pack abdominal etching procedure, an initial consultation is set-up to discuss the procedure in detail and whether you are a good candidate for the surgery. Your medical history is reviewed, and you will be asked to see your medical doctor for a physical check-up and a few labs to make sure you can undergo the surgery safely. You are given the opportunity to be seen by your own doctor to give the green light for surgery.
If you are a smoker, it is best if you stop smoking for two weeks before and after the procedure to achieve optimal results and for the surgery to be performed safely. You may also want to talk to people who have had the procedure to weigh their results and experiences.
The procedure is relatively simple and straightforward. A patient, who is deemed a good candidate for this procedure, is given antibiotics, and anesthetized in the operating room. The abdomen is injected with tumescent solution to give some pain relief and decrease the bleeding during surgery.
Then small incisions are made around the abdomen and liposuction is performed to accentuate the “ripples” of the abdominal muscles. When sufficient fat is removed, and the appropriate contours are achieved, the incisions are closed and the patient is awakened.
A word of caution is that this procedure will create temporary swelling and bruising in the pubic area that resolves in about a week. The results when the healing is fully complete, which usually takes six months to a year, look very natural and fit.
For more information about liposuction procedures, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon.