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Abdominal Etching: Advanced Liposuction Procedure

Abdominal etching is an advanced liposuction procedure available to those who already have form fit bodies and want a flatter, tighter stomach area, with a much stronger muscle definition. Abdominal etching differs from an abdominoplasty in that it only removes excess fat and skin, and not abdomen muscles like an abdominoplasty could.

Who Should Get Abdominal Etching

Abdominal etching is recommended for those who are already at an ideal fitness level and just want to improve upon stubborn fat deposits that don't react to exercise and diet. Abdominal etching can also be applied to abdominoplasty patients to help reduce the unsightly saggy and excessive skin around their abdominal muscle areas. A proper diet and exercise program is necessary to maintain the benefits of abdominal etching.

The abdominal etching procedure can be done along with liposuction or any other cosmetic surgery procedure depending on the treatment plan you have formulated with your doctor.

How The Procedure Works

The procedure can be done in a doctor's office or in an outpatient surgery center. The procedure itself takes about an hour and is often performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia.

Small incisions about 1 to 2 millimeters in length are made in the belly button or in the natural folds of the abdomen as to hide any visible scarring. The surgeon then uses a cannula, which is a tubular instrument to remove excess fat and skin. The procedure is delicate and precise; it involves sculpting grooves in the layers of fat to emphasize a muscular appearance. Different cannula instruments are used when performing liposuction and muscle definition.

In most cases patients go home shortly after surgery. Results differ among patients depending on individual anatomy. The appearance of the underlying muscles is a big factor on how the results will look.

Postoperative Care

The doctor should provide complete postoperative instructions to not only reduce the risk of complications but to also make the healing process easier. The doctor will provide and fit the patient with a compression garment to wear at all times, except when bathing, at a length of time prescribed by the doctor. The doctor will also prescribe mediation for pain management as well as address any swelling and bruising that may occur. Most patients can shower within 48 hours after surgery.

It is very important that the patient restrict any movements that involve placing pressure on the abdominal area as well as lifting objects ten pounds or more.

Most patients go back to their normal routine in about one to three weeks. Abdominal etching takes time to heal and sometimes results can take as long as six months before becoming apparent, but in most cases, patients see results sooner.

Possible Complications

With any medical procedure there can be complications, such as infection, bleeding and excessive scarring. However these complications are infrequent and can be treated by a doctor immediately.

How Much Does it Cost

Abdominal etching includes three fees: anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgeon's fees. Since the abdominal etching procedure is often performed during traditional liposuction, in most cases you pay only one anesthesia fee and facility fee. Since your treatment is tailored to fit your needs, costs will vary from patient to patient. Average total fees range from $3,000 to $10,000. This estimate may or may not include the cost of the liposuction.

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