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Abdominal etching, also known as stomach liposculpture, is a common cosmetic surgery, typically undergone by men that enhances the appearance of the abdominal muscles through fat removal and stomach sculpting. Irvine plastic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, provides this procedure at CosmetiCare as a great option for men wanting to eliminate unwanted stomach fat through liposuction, while accentuating the abdominal muscles through sculpting. It’s especially great for those patients who can’t achieve their goals through diet and exercise alone.


The ideal candidate is someone in good physical health and who has no more than 20% body fat, but is seeking to have a more visible, well-defined core that has been difficult to achieve with diet and exercise alone.


The abdominal etching procedure generally lasts about an hour and is performed as an outpatient surgery under general anesthesia. Each patient’s results will vary depending on their body type and needs. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat, and then the remaining fat is manipulated, massaged, and repositioned so that it creates a rippling effect that resembles abdominal muscles.


Following the procedure, swelling and bruising of the abdomen will occur. Patients will need to wear a compression garment for 3 – 6 weeks during the healing process. Full results of this procedure will not be seen until almost 6 months following the procedure. It is suggested that patients follow aftercare instructions precisely for best and true results. It is also important to maintain a healthy lifestyle so that the final results are not compromised.


The cost of abdominal etching surgery varies based on the needs of the patient. Those considering this surgery should expect to pay between $2,500 and $5,000.


If you have worked hard in the gym to get that six-pack ab effect, but you are not getting the results you desire, call our cosmetic surgery office today and learn more about abdominal etching surgery. Healthy patients who are in good shape, but who have some excess fat within the abdominal region may benefit greatly from this procedure to help attain the chiseled look that hours in the gym have failed to achieve. We look forward to discussing and evaluating your cosmetic surgery needs.

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