You work out, eat well, and generally do everything right. So what do you do when you continue to come up short of that goal of getting a more streamlined stomach? If it’s a six-pack you seek, it may be time to turn to your local liposuction doctor to get a little help putting on the final touches.
While personal trainers and fitness experts may dismiss body contouring procedures as a shortcut, the fact is, sometimes genetics simply get in the way. In other words, if your body is programmed such that you’re unable to achieve the tight tummy or those six-pack abs you want, no amount of diet and exercise is going to deliver results on its own.
Abdominal ‘Ab’ Etching
When it comes to getting a little help refining tummy contours, cosmetic surgeons today turn to specialized techniques that allow them to create detailed abdominal definition. Frequently, they’re able to achieve this by using a modified liposuction technique called abdominal etching. Ab etching is a form of liposculpture that removes the fat between the abdominal walls to create indentations that make the stomach look more muscular or have washboard or six-pack abs. Ab etching is often performed with liposuction or a tummy tuck—procedures used to remove excess fat and tissue from the abdominal area. By comparison, ab etching is used for fine tuning and applying final touches.
During the procedure, your doctor will make very small incisions into the skin of the treatment area, and use a specialized cannula to carefully create the shape of those desired muscle lines into the anatomical area. The procedure is performed under twilight or general anesthesia to keep you comfortable and generally takes about an hour. Final results can take up to six months to see.
By far, men outweigh women when it comes to ab etching. They’re also having similar liposculpture techniques to better define their triceps and biceps. As for cost, expect to pay between $3,000 and $10,000.
Am I a Candidate?
Is abdominal etching right for you? Yes, say experts, if you exercise regularly, eat a healthy balanced diet, and have realistic expectations about the procedure. It’s also important to know that maintaining your results largely depends on how well you maintain your exercise and diet regime.