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Can I get six-pack abs with plastic surgery?

While there are a lot of people who want to have six-pack abs, most of them are not ready to follow a hardcore workout routine and a strict diet limited to protein-laden foods. Obviously, it is never guaranteed that countless hours in the gym and copious amounts of protein shakes and red meat can deliver the dream six-pack abs.

There are other ways of going about it. Your abs might just be buried under layers of fat, and the only thing you need to do is to show them to the world. But how are you going to do that when the abs are hidden under the fat layers? Well, there is a reliable and effective way to achieve this and that would be plastic surgery. Yes, there is a plastic surgery procedure called abdominal etching to bring out your abs and make it look more prominent. The procedure uses liposculpture technique to reveal your six-pack abs to the world.

Abdominal etching

Abdominal etching is a fast and effective way to get six pack abs and it uses a fine-tuned edition of liposuction called liposculpture to make this possible. This technique removes the fat in the abdomen, particularly targeting the fat between the skin layers and then sculpting abs in its natural arcs and shapes.

Your surgeon will make tiny incisions on the abdomen area to perform the etching, which can take about 2 hours. While you can immediately see some visible changes after the procedure, full outcomes can be appreciated after 4-7 months from surgery. Abdominal etching is a sophisticated procedure that requires a highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon with great sense of aesthetics and artistry to be able to sculpt a man of steel abs. Under the competent hands of a maestro, you can expect your abdomen to look tighter, muscular, and firmer a few months after abdominal etching.

Steps of abdominal etching

Abdominal etching is performed to make your existing muscles and tissue more visible and prominent. The abdominal etching does this by removing the fat layers that conceal your muscles and tissues. This procedure demands a mixture of high level liposuction and tummy tuck to enhance your abdomen. The procedure is conduced under general or local aesthesia on outpatient basis.

The doctor will first assess the structure, anatomy, and profile of your abdominal muscles. In the next step, you will be placed under anesthesia. The surgeon will then make incisions in the predetermined areas in your abdomen. The common incision sites are the areas around the belly button and the natural creases in the abdomen. The doctor will then insert a liposuction cannula inside the target area (within the skin layers) and in a back and forth motion, he will dislodge the fat from the surrounding tissues. The loosened fat will then be suctioned out with the help of a suction pump attached to the cannula.

Since the goal here is to help the patient get his desired six-pack abs, the doctor will perform the liposuction by strictly following the framework determined beforehand and then sculpt the abs in the specific area. In the final step, the incisions will be closed and sutured. Barring any complications, you will be allowed to go home a few hours after the surgery.

Who is a good candidate for abdominal etching?

Abdominal etching is a good procedure for people who want to get six-pack abs. If you feel a tad insecure about going topless because you have no abs, this may be just what you need. A good candidate is one who is generally in good physical and psychological health and has realistic goals and expectations.

Patients suffering from high blood pressure, heart problems, lung problems, blood diseases, and/or diabetes may not qualify for the procedure as this places them at risk.

What are the risks?

Like all other surgeries, abdominal etching comes with a number of risks and side effects. These side effects and risks include excessive bleeding, potential infections, excessive swelling and bruising, seroma, hematoma, undesirable scars, and loss of or change in skin sensation.

Even though the procedure can make your abs appear prominent and great, the abs will not look a 100 percent the same as those achieved through workouts. Expectedly, the abs will not possess the strength and solidity gained via workouts in the gym. You may even lose your abs if you put on extra weight after the surgery.

Remember, you should have your surgery performed by an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. If undertaken by an inexperienced or unlicensed practitioner, your abdomen will become asymmetrical or poorly contoured.


Plastic surgery can help you get the six-pack abs you desire. Abdominal etching or liposculpture is an effective and reliable way to achieve six-pack abs quickly. During the surgery, liposuction and tummy tuck techniques are used to make your sculpt and bring out your abs. To achieve better results with plastic surgery, be sure to choose only a board-certified, highly skilled and experienced plastic surgeon to perform the surgery.

Do note that while the procedure can deliver great results, your abs will not be exactly the same as abs achieved in the gym, which have the strength and solidness of natural abs honed from long hours of work outs and high protein diets. To sustain outcomes, you must maintain a stable and healthy lifestyle after the procedure.


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