What is Abdominal Etching? Here’s What You Need to Know
Published Nov 16, 2020
For many of us, getting toned well-defined abs have always been an unreachable dream. It’s even more so if you’re not a fan of exercise or eating a healthy diet. But thanks to abdominal etching, that elusive dream can now become a reality.
What is Abdominal Etching?
Abdominal etching is a form of liposuction that focuses on sculpting your abdominal muscles.
Unlike a typical liposuction procedure, it doesn’t make you look slimmer. Instead, small incisions are used to strategically suck out the fat covering your abdominal muscles. This sculpturing technique allows your natural abdominal muscles to become more visible. As a result, you’ll have more natural-looking “washboard abs” even without camping out in the gym.
It’s usually recommended for people who struggle with resistant tummy fats. They are those who, no matter their diet and exercise, just can’t seem to achieve those well-defined six-pack abs most people dream about.
Will You Qualify For It?
If you’re planning of getting an abdominal etching, know that it’s not for everyone.
An ideal candidate for abdominal etching is someone who already has toned underlying abdominal muscles. You don’t necessarily need to be ripped. But if you’re more on the obese side of the spectrum, you may have to lose some weight first. Or if you have a protruding belly, you will need to undergo a tummy tuck procedure before this. For people who are a little skinny, gaining some weight will help make the procedure a success too.
Remember that abdominal etching isn’t supposed to make you look thinner. It’s about contouring your abs to a more desirable shape.
Besides, there are certain health risks associated with abdominal etching. So make sure you are healthy enough to go through it. Ideally, you must not have any life-threatening conditions, don’t smoke, and can safely go under anesthesia.
Procedure for Abdominal Etching
Abdominal etching surgeries usually take only an hour or less. Since it’s an invasive procedure, you’ll be put under general anesthesia. It’s also an outpatient surgery which means you can just go home right after.
To prepare for the surgery, the surgeon will outline the areas that need to be sculpted. This will serve as their guide on where to put the incisions. Once you’re both satisfied with it, you’re ready for the surgery table.
Before starting the procedure, you’ll first be put under anesthesia. It can either be general or local depending on your preference or doctor’s recommendation.
Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will then start making little incisions called ports. These ports help them access and remove fat deposits from under your skin. They’ll also insert a cannula pump under these ports to drain out fluids, fat, and blood from your body.
After the fats are successfully removed and drained from your body, the incisions are closed and dressed. Since these incisions are very small, it doesn’t need any sutures. A protective dressing is then applied to ensure that your wounds will heal. You’ll have to keep that dressing on for about 4 to 6 weeks or until after the surgeon gives the green light.
Is It Effective?
Abdominal etching is essentially a new procedure. So very few studies have been made to ascertain it’s effectivity. But published reports show that majority of those who go through it are happy with the results.
A 2019 study documented the experience of 50 people 27 months after going through the procedure. Almost all (98%) of them were satisfied with their results.
In general, you’ll be able to see the full result of the procedure once the healing subsides and your skin begins to adjust to its new shape. This usually takes anywhere from 2 to 5 months.
The results of abdominal etching procedures are supposedly permanent. But pregnancy and weight gain can undo all of it. Not to mention that as you age, the skin and muscles in your abdomen will slowly lose their structure. So your abs may not be as defined as when you first had the procedure.
What Are the Risks?
In general, abdominal etching is considered low-risk. But just like any liposuction procedure, there are health risks and side effects associated with it. This includes:
- nerve damage
- bumpy skin or irregular healing
- skin discoloration
- fluid accumulation
If you experience fever in the days following the procedure, it’s usually a sign of infection. In some cases, you may also notice greenish-yellow pus oozing out of your wounds. If any or both of these happen, call your doctor immediately.
About The Author
As a self described fanatic of beauty and fashion, Judy Ponio loves to write blogs about style and beauty lifehacks. Her blogs are full of useful knowledge surrounding trends in the fashion and beauty world.