Plastic Surgeons

Even with a good diet and workout routine, some men and women have trouble getting the toned abdominal appearance they want. For these patients, a technique called abdominal etching can help in creating the classic “six-pack abs” physique in men or three-vertical-line abdomen in women, reports a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Greater definition of the abdominal muscles

The procedure uses precisely targeted liposuction to achieve greater definition of the abdominal muscles; so according to the paper by Tarik M. Husain, MD, FACS, of University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and colleagues. Abdominal etching using power-assist liposuction is a novel method of sculpting an ideal abdomen,” Dr. Husain comments. Our study shows that this is a safe and effective method to create a define anterior abdominal wall in both male and female patients.

The researchers review their experience with liposuction to improve the appearance; so of the abdomen in 50 patients: 26 men and 24 women, average age 36 years. Patients seeking abdominal etching were in good shape; so with a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, but had “certain resistant areas of fat” that made it difficult to achieve the abdominal muscle definition they desired.

Dr. Husain and coauthors outline the procedure in detail; hence starting with patient selection and preoperative markup. Following meticulous liposuction technique, the plastic surgeon sculpts the abdominal fat; hence in both the superficial and deeper layers, accentuating the patient’s natural “six-pack” lines in males and 3 vertical lines in females. Hip lines are usually desire by both sexes. The technique can be alter to provide a softer, shallower or a harder; so more-define degree of abdominal etching, depending on the patient’s preference.

Critical steps for postoperative care

The authors spell out critical steps for postoperative care. Foam dressings are cut to size to compress the newly etch lines for at least three days. This is follow by full-time compression for two weeks postoperatively and two weeks part-time after that. It is critical to have regular follow up early on to assess; so for any fluid collections, or seromas. To ensure good results, these seromas typically regard; hence as a minor complication need to treat aggressively if they occur.
Patients can resume light exercise not engaging the core after two weeks; also more rigorous exercise after four weeks. The researchers stress the importance of maintaining good long-term results; hence with the assistance of a sports nutritionist and/or integrate medicine physician; hence to optimize nutrition, exercise plan, and hormone imbalances. Patients have maintain good results of abdominal etching at follow-up times up to six years.
The patients exemplify that the procedure can be perform with optimal aesthetic results; also minimal postoperative complications,” Dr. Husain and coauthors conclude. They hope their technique and experience of abdominal etching; so will serve as a useful guide to other plastic surgeons; so who are interest in offering this relatively new procedure. The authors add, “We also highlight our extensive post-operative management.