A flat stomach can normally be achieved through a healthy diet and exercise routine; however, “washboard” abs are very difficult and sometimes impossible for everyone to achieve. If you want a defined stomach with a clear “six-pack,” plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio offers high-definition abdominal etching at his office in New York, NY. A highly refined liposuction technique, ab etching can help to remove small amounts of stubborn fat from your middle and define your ab muscles
Ideal Candidates for High Definition Abdominal Etching
During your consultation, Dr. Del Vecchio will examine your body to decide if you are a good candidate to have abdominal etching. To be a good candidate for this surgery, you should be within a normal weight range with isolated pockets of fat in your stomach. You should also have a low body fat percentage (ideally under 20%) and have already tried to define your midsection through a healthy diet and exercise routine with little to no success. Due to genetics, hormones, or pregnancy, you could naturally be unable to get defined abs.
Surgical Technique for High Definition Abdominal Etching
Dr. Del Vecchio performs high definition abdominal etching as an outpatient surgery in an accredited surgical facility while you are under anesthesia. During the 1 – 2-hour operation, Dr. Del Vecchio will make one or more tiny incisions so he may insert a thin tube (cannula) to remove fat. Dr. Del Vecchio generally uses liposculpture techniques to emulsify and remove fat but may also use power-assisted liposuction (PAL) to achieve a more dramatic etching. Dr. Del Vecchio will define the midline linea alba and the outline of the rectus muscle. To reveal a six-pack, he may also define the transverse inscriptions and horizontal lines. Once the fat is removed and the abdominal muscles are fully defined, Dr. Del Vecchio will close the incisions with sutures.
What to Expect from High Definition Abdominal Etching
Following the procedure, you will be fitted with a compression garment to reduce bruising and swelling, which should diminish in about two weeks. You may experience moderate to minimal pain, but most patients are able to return to work within 5 – 7 days. Dr. Del Vecchio does his best to make the smallest incisions in your body’s natural creases, which means the scars are difficult to see once fully healed. Dr. Del Vecchio or a member of his team will explain scar care instructions that will ensure your incisions heal cleanly.
Reveal Your Six-Pack
No matter how much you work on your abs at the gym, you may not be able to get washboard abs on your own. High-definition abdominal etching at Uptown Body Contouring in New York, NY removes the stubborn fat from your stomach and defines your muscles so you can see a six-pack at last. If you’ve tried diet and exercise but are still not able to get visible muscles, schedule a consultation with skilled plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Del Vecchio to learn more about ab sculpting.
High Definition Abdominal Etching FAQs
The cost of ab etching will depend on your unique condition, the amount of fat needed to be extracted, and your cosmetic goals. During your initial consult, Dr. Del Vecchio will review your concerns, build a custom treatment plan, and estimate your costs. At Uptown Body Contouring, we offer several payment options to help make your treatment more affordable.
On average, patients are able to resume their usual exercise routine about 3 – 4 weeks after their treatment. Typically, a follow-up visit is scheduled so Dr. Del Vecchio can view your progress and determine if it is safe for you to resume physical activities.
A tummy tuck is designed to remove loose skin from the abdomen to create a tighter appearance while ab etching does not address sagging skin. Patients who are already at or near their goal weight and wish to enhance the definition of their abs are great candidates for abdominal sculpting. If you are concerned about loose or excess skin, then a tummy tuck may be better suited for your needs and goals.