How do I get a six-pack with surgery?

Getting a defined six-pack is no easy feat. For some people, no matter how much they exercise, they just never manage to get rid of the thin layer of fat in their belly region. Abdominal etching is a surgical procedure that helps people to achieve their six-pack aesthetic goals. The procedure works by removing fat and thus accentuating existing abdominal muscles.

Who is a candidate to create a six-pack with surgery?

The best candidates for abdominal etching are those who already have toned abdominal muscles, but just have a thin layer of fat covering them. Abdominal etching only serves to define existing abdominal muscles; it does not create abdominal muscles. In the same light, patients who have previously had liposuction or a tummy tuck are also good candidates for this procedure. The abdominal etching will then serve to give a more chiselled appearance to the patient’s abdominals. Before you can have the procedure, you should be in good overall health with no pre-existing major medical conditions, and be physically fit and relatively muscular.

Conversely, the surgery will not work for overweight patients or anyone with a significant amount of fat on their abdomen. Thus if your body fat percentage is higher than eighteen percent, this is not the procedure for you. It is important to keep your expectations realistic when having any plastic surgery so that you are not disappointed with the results if you do have the surgery. Once the procedure has been performed, it is imperative that the patient maintains a balanced diet and exercise to make sure that the results of the surgery last.

What happens during abdominal etching?

Surgery to create a six-pack usually takes an hour to complete. The procedure can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic as an outpatient surgery. Before the surgery begins your doctor will outline your abdominal muscles. These lines will act as a guide during the procedure. The Next step will be to administer the anaesthesia. Once the anaesthetic has taken effect, several small incisions will be made in the naval and the natural crease of the abdomen, where the scarring will be hidden. A cannula, which is a flexible tube, is then inserted through the incisions to sculpt the abs. To do this the cannula removes excess fat along the lines of your abdominal muscles using liposuction. Once the procedure is finished your doctor will close the incisions and you will start your recovery.

What should I expect during Recovery?

For the first few weeks after your surgery, you will need to wear a compression garment. During this time, you will only be able to remove this when you are bathing. It is normal to experience bruising, redness, swelling, discomfort and pain after surgery. Your doctor will give you medication to manage this. For the first couple of weeks after surgery, you will need to avoid strenuous physical exercise, lifting anything heavy, and abdominal exercise. In most cases, patients are fit to return to work a week after their procedure, but recovery time largely depends on the individual. You will be able to see the final results about six months after surgery when your body has healed.