No matter how much diet and exercise you do, sometimes ab muscles can be hidden under a layer of fat. That’s where abdominal etching comes in. If you have distinct muscle tone in your abdominal region and are looking to make your six-pack stand out, this liposuction procedure can give you the results you’re looking for. But what exactly is it? Let’s take a look at this innovative treatment.

About Abdominal Etching

Abdominal etching is a form of liposuction used to move fat from the abdomen and midsection to enhance the appearance of the abdominal muscles and make the six-pack more noticeable.


The procedure begins with the administration of anesthesia to ensure you’re completely comfortable. From there, we will make incisions around the abdominal area. A small cannula (thin tube) will be inserted to loosen the fatty tissue, and then the fat will be suctioned out with a vacuum.


But unlike regular liposuction, abdominal etching doesn’t just remove fat to achieve a slimmer appearance. It strategically removes fat and shapes your abdominal wall so that the abdominal muscles are more prominent. Once that’s done, your incisions will be closed, and you’ll be ready to start the recovery process.


Results typically show up within two to four months once all the swelling has gone down.


When Liposuction is Performed on the Stomach Area

Liposuction is performed on the stomach when there is excess fat you’re looking to get rid of and when it doesn’t seem to be going away with diet and exercise. It can also be used, as is the case with abdominal etching, to make the abdominal muscles more prominent.

How Often Does Fat Return to the Treatment Area?

Whether it be with ab etching or traditional liposuction, fat cells that have been removed will not return. They cannot grow back once they have been eliminated. That said, the surrounding fat cells that haven’t been removed can grow if you gain weight.

Are Ab Etching Results Usually Permanent?

The results of ab etching are permanent. Once the fat is removed from the abdominal area, it cannot grow back. And as long as you stay at a stable weight, your results will be permanent. Age can also cause sagging skin and a loss of muscle and that can change your results as well.

To maintain your results, follow a healthy diet and keep up with your exercise routine.


Schedule A Consultation

Ready to finally achieve a six-pack? Abdominal etching at Brandon Plastic Surgery may be the perfect solution. To learn more about this procedure, call our Brandon, FL office today to schedule a consultation. Dr. Shienbaum or Dr. Gargya will walk you through every step of the process and help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Call us today at (813) 359-1075 or use our online contact form.