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Abdominal Etching Surgery

Abdominal etching is a surgical procedure intended to contour and define the abdominal area with liposculpture techniques. This procedure can be done by our board certified doctors to improves the contour and overall shape of the abdomen, giving it muscular definition and sculpted silhouette. Male patient results improve the “six-pack abs” appearance or enhance the athletic female abdominal vertical line.



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Abdominal Etching Surgery Candidate

Are you a good candidate for Abdominal etching? Yes if:

  • You are in overall good health and have a hard time reducing fat thru exercise
  • You have unwanted “trouble spots” on your abdominal area or large areas of fatty deposits
  • For better results you are close to the ideal body weight

Abdominal Etching Process

The Abdominal Etching procedure usually takes between two and four hours. During this procedure, the anesthesiologist will use general anesthesia, and you will fell no discomfort during the procedure.

At the start of the procedure, the surgeon will inject a large amount of a saline solution mixed with medicine deep into the tissues surrounding the fat to be removed. This fluid not only hydrates the body, but also creates space between the muscle tissue and the fatty tissue being removed, giving the surgeon enough room in which to break up the fat cells with precision. The surgeon uses a small vacuum inserted into a tiny incision at the flanks and abdomen in order to remove the fat by suction.   Once an overall shape is achieved, a smaller liposuction cannula will carefully sculpt the depressions and valleys around the separation of different abdominal muscles. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will suture the skin at the incision point (or points) back together and apply a bandage or surgical garment to help re-drape the skin and contain swelling.

Abdominal Etching Before and After

Abdominal Etching Recovery Process

Once the fluid containing a local anesthetic has fully permeated your tissues, its numbing effects can last as many as three days into your recovery. Nevertheless, if you experience any discomfort at all, we will provide the medication you need to experience the shortest and most relaxing healing process after your plastic surgery procedure.

Your complete and speedy recovery after abdominal etching requires that several specific steps be followed, including procedures for bandage care, bathing, driving, deep breathing exercises, dietary adjustments and mild exercise. Your surgeon may also recommend that you take an iron supplement before and after your tumescent liposuction.

Your stitches will be painlessly removed in just five to seven days after surgery*. A special support garment will continue shaping your body for the next one to three weeks. Although you will see a reduction in your fatty bulges immediately following tumescent liposuction, it will take two to four months for swelling to completely disappear and reveal your new body.

For most of our patients, abdominal etching scars are only one to two millimeters in length and barely visible. Your scars will appear as red or pink for six months and gradually fade thereafter. These scars are rarely troublesome. Nevertheless, you should know that all cosmetic plastic surgery scars are permanent and size and that the final color will depend on factors that are not totally predictable.

Be sure to ask your surgeon about any concerns or questions you have about the recovery process. At South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we believe your health and happiness are the most important considerations at all times.

Abdominal Etching Potential Complications

During their consultations at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, abdominal etching patients are told that complications are possible with any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure. It is important to enter any procedure aware of the possible complications as well as the benefits.

All patients of abdominal etching procedures will experience some bruising and numbness in the abdominal area. These effects are normal following the procedure. Risks commonly associated with abdominal etching include infection, sleepiness, contour irregularities, skin lumpiness or dimpling, pigment changes, objectionable scarring, delays in healing, fat clots or blood clots, excessive fluid loss or buildup, injury to organs or nerves, reaction to the local anesthetic and drug interactions. These challenges are nearly always correctable and short term. In rare cases to a second procedure may be necessary to correct complications.

The total volume of fat that is removed will affect the time that your procedure takes and, consequently, the overall safety of the cosmetic plastic surgery. Men and women considering abdominal etching should talk with a doctor and do the research so that they’re comfortable with the procedure.

Abdominal Etching Doctors

Doctor Pinnella
Doctor Alexander

The risk of complications during liposuction is extremely low. Liposuction at South Florida Center is considered an especially safe cosmetic procedure and serious complications are very rare.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for abdominal etching surgery?

During your initial preoperative visit with your surgeon, we ask that you provide a complete medical history, including all known allergies, current medications, and previous surgical procedures. You will undergo a thorough physical examination and blood tests. An electrocardiogram is required for liposuction patients over the age of forty.

Photographs are very helpful aids when planning and performing your liposculpture. They become a permanent part of your patient record and are taken both before and several months after your procedure.

During your consultation, you will be given specific steps to take in preparation for your procedure. These instructions may include cautions about taking certain medications or drinking alcohol, and protocols for shaving and using antibacterial soap.

You must stop smoking and take aspirin or diet pills at least two weeks before the procedure. You also must not eat or drink anything eight hours before your procedure. If you take daily medication, ask your surgeon if it is safe to take before your procedure. If you have any sores on your body, a common cold, a sore throat or an allergic condition, it is important that you inform your surgeon so that you may be examined before your procedure.

How long does this procedure take?

Liposuction cosmetic plastic surgery takes between two and four hours, depending on how many areas are treated and the total volume of fat being removed.

Can I return home the same day?

Yes. However, you must make arrangements for someone to pick you up, take you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

All Patients must schedule check-up appointments for the following times:

  • 1 day
  • 1 week
  • 1 month
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year

How long before I can return to normal activity?

Most of our liposuction patients return to work and everyday activities within a week, depending on the extent of the areas treated.

Will my fat come back after an abdominal etching surgery?

The human body produces all of its fat cells when we are young, totally halting production at puberty. When we gain or lose weight, the cells get bigger or smaller, but the total number of cells will never change. This procedure removes fat cells in the abdominal area. New fat cells cannot be produced. You can, however, gain weight in your body’s remaining fat cells. But you will gain that new fat evenly over your entire body rather than suffering another disproportionate buildup of fat in your problem area *.

What form of anesthesia is used?

General anesthesia is used for all surgical procedures at the South Florida Center and is always performed by a professional M.D. Anesthesiologist.

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Schedule Your Consultation

Now you can get rid of that stubborn pocket of fat and avoid a long, uncomfortable recovery time. Find out more why tumescent liposuction is the most popular form of liposuction treatment for both cosmetic surgeons and patients alike. Schedule your complimentary consultation with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon at South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery by contacting us at (954) 565-7575 or toll-free at (800) 274-LIPO.

*Disclaimer 

Patient pictures are showing Before and After results are actual patients – Individual results vary. Client Testimonials are based on personal experience and are the opinion of individual clients. Any claims made on this website are intended to provide information about procedures provided here. Realistic Individual results will be discussed with you based on your information with an initial consult with a doctor or health care professional provided for your free consultation. The information provided is NOT intended as medical advice and is for your general knowledge only.