Is the pressure to shed unwanted belly fat weighing heavily on your self-esteem? Whether it’s the onset of summer, or you’re planning a tropical paradise getaway to escape the cold, looking your very best in a bathing suit is top priority. But if you’re like thousands of others who are extremely frustrated with not getting the fit, proportionate form they crave from diet and exercise alone, there is a solution: ab etching.
What Is Ab Etching?
Liposculpture, referred to as abdominal etching or ab sculpting when performed on the midsection, is considered a low-risk surgery. The procedure, which began gaining popularity in the 1990s, uses advanced liposuction technology and a highly precise etching technique to develop your abdominal area’s definition you’ve strived to achieve.
The procedure involves removing fat deposits from between each of the stomach muscles while leaving it on top of them. The patient’s natural abdominal musculature is highlighted and sculpted to look and feel more fit and firm, creating a furrow-like appearance.
Performed by a highly skilled surgeon at either VASER liposuction or power-assisted liposuction and has mastered the etching technique, the abdominal wall is strategically molded and shaped to create the desired effect.
Generally done as outpatient surgery, abdominal etching surgery typically takes about an hour to complete. Dramatic results can be seen immediately after surgery, with more definition becoming apparent within 48 hours.
Who Is a Prime Candidate Abdominal Etching?
When wondering if abdominal etching is right for you, several factors should be considered. Individuals in good physical condition who are satisfied with their weight but can’t get rid of stubborn belly fat by diet and exercise are ideal candidates. A few additional criteria include:
- Healthy overall
- Non-smoker or able to quit for 8+ weeks
- Strong immune system
- No medications that increase risk of bleeding
- No anemia or bleeding disorders
- Physically fit
- Good muscle tone
- Lack of excess skin
- Good skin elasticity
- Have realistic expectations
Age and skin elasticity also can greatly affect the outcome of an abdominal etching procedure. In certain cases, your surgeon may recommend that you also get a skin-tightening treatment. This cosmetic combination will provide a firmer and more even, well-defined shape.
What Does Ab Sculpting Surgery Entail?
1) Before your surgery, the doctor will have you stand while marking your body to indicate your abdomen’s areas to be sculpted. After the outlines are complete, you and the doctor will examine them to ascertain if the markings accurately depict the desired result. If not, adjustments will be made until you’re both satisfied.
2) You’ll then lie down, and a foam dressing matching the drawn outline will be applied to your body. Afterward, you’ll be given local anesthesia unless you prefer to be put under general anesthesia or given intravenous conscious sedation.
3) The doctor will make several small, inconspicuous incisions called ports on your abdomen, usually around the belly button. Diluted local anesthesia reduces bleeding and trauma and will be infused into your abdomen through the incisions.
A cannula, which is a thin, hollow tube used to loosen excess fat, will be inserted through the ports. Once inside, the surgeon carefully manipulates the cannula to dislodge fat deposits. After they’ve been broken loose, the fat is suctioned out through either a syringe attached to the cannula or a surgical vacuum.
4) Following surgery, your incisions will be closed and dressed. A compression garment will then be placed over the top of the foam dressing that was applied before surgery. This will cover the treatment area and help in the healing of your midsection by controlling swelling and encouraging skin retraction.
What Are the Advantages of the Vaser System?
VASER liposuction is a minimally invasive body contouring surgery that melts fat using powerful waves of ultrasound energy. This advanced technology allows for more controlled, precise sculpting. It also achieves smoother, more dramatic contours with enhanced skin retraction, according to Solta Medical, the provider of VASER products.
VASERlipo, as it’s also known, can be performed either from above or beneath the skin’s surface; both are considered safe and effective. A handheld device that emits ultrasound energy is used to liquify fat cells when applied above the skin’s surface.
When treated beneath the skin’s surface, a specially designed, rapidly vibrating cannula is inserted through small incisions. Once inside the belly, the instrument gives off ultrasound energy waves that break up and melt fat deposits in deeper tissues without disturbing delicate areas.
After being liquified, the fat cells are removed by light suctioning. Because ultrasound-assisted liposuction is a more gentle procedure than other liposuction forms, the tissues surrounding the treatment area remain intact. This results in less postoperative pain, swelling, bruising and downtime.
What Are the Risks?
The risks associated with abdominal etching are minimal, but may include bruising, swelling, soreness and numbness. The possibility of infection, which is common with any cosmetic procedure, also exists. Patients are generally prescribed antibiotics as a precautionary measure, which they’re instructed to take for two weeks following their surgery.
The overall risk of more severe side effects is minimized by avoiding general anesthesia.
When Will Recovery Occur?
1 day of downtime and no stitches needed
While healing time is required, most people can return to work within a few days. However, it could take up to two weeks or longer if complications occur.
Significant swelling as well as bruising and fluid retention should be expected. Swelling starts to subside within about a week after surgery, and nearly all swelling normally diminishes in six to eight weeks.
Following your surgery, a compression garment needs to be worn at all times for three to six weeks; it’ll help your skin conform to your new body contours. Full effects of your ab sculpting procedure typically take three to six months to be seen.
Also very important to note is that abdominal etching results are permanent as long as you maintain your weight through diet and exercise. Should you put on extra pounds, the etching will not retain its appearance.
How Much Does It Cost?
Average price in U.S. $5,500
Since abdominal etching is elective surgery, health insurance doesn’t cover any of the expenses related to the procedure. Here’s an idea of your out-of-pocket cost: Vaser liposuction pricing ranges from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on your geographic location. The average cost comes in at around $6,525 to $8,546, which is exclusive of the anesthesia, operating room, and other fees.
In addition to location, pricing is influenced by a few other factors. These include the amount of fat that’s being removed; how long it takes to remove the fat; and your surgeon’s training, skill level, and consistency in delivering the desired result with the Vaser technique.
At Premier Liposuction in Las Vegas, Nevada, you can get full abdomen Vaser liposuction, sculpting, and contouring for $3,000. Receive a $300 discount on any additional area you may want to have enhanced with it.
What Are the Results?
97% “Worth It” rating on RealSelf
According to RealSelf website, individuals who’ve undergone a liposculpture surgery have reported they were satisfied with the results, and 97% deemed it “worth it.”
An April 2019 article featured on Ovid, the leading medical research platform created for healthcare providers, echoed that sentiment. The article revealed the findings of a study that concluded “abdominal etching is a safe and effective method of creating a defined anterior abdominal wall …” with 98% of patients satisfied with their procedure results.
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