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About Ab Etching

You can typically accomplish a flat, toned stomach through a nutritious diet plan and exercise, but "washboard" abs are challenging and sometimes impossible for everybody to get. If you want a defined stomach with a visible "six-pack," plastic surgeons, Drs. James Romanelli, Yee Cheng Low, and John Layliev perform ab sculpting in Melville, NY. An extremely refined liposculpture technique, abdominal etching may be helpful to remove small quantities of stubborn fat from your stomach and define your abdominal muscles. Make an appointment at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery to learn more about ab sculpting.

Ideal Candidates for Ab Etching

At your initial consultation, we will assess your body to determine whether you're a good candidate for abdominal sculpting. To be a good candidate for ab etching, you should be in a healthy weight range, but with stubborn areas of fat covering your abdominal muscles. You should have a low body fat percentage (preferably below 20%) and also have attempted to improve your stomach using a healthy, high-protein diet, regular exercise, and stomach muscle training. Due to hormones, genetics, or pregnancy, you may naturally be unable to get defined, washboard abs.

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Surgical Technique for Ab Etching

We perform ab etching as an outpatient surgery in a licensed surgical facility with you under general anesthesia. Throughout the 1 – 2 hour surgery, we will create one or more small incisions, so we can insert a thin, hollow tube (cannula) to suction fatty tissue. Normally, we use liposculpture methods to loosen and take out fat, but might also utilize Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to get a more defined result. Our plastic surgeons in Long Island will etch the outline of the rectus muscle and the midline linea alba. In order to give you a six pack, we will also etch the horizontal lines and transverse inscriptions. When the fat is liposuctioned and the stomach muscles are properly defined, we will close the incisions using stitches.

What to Expect from Ab Etching

After the surgery, you'll be put in a compression garment to minimize swelling and bruising, which ought to diminish in roughly a couple of weeks. You will feel mild discomfort, but you should feel well enough to go back to work in 5 – 7 days and get back to working out in three weeks. Our skilled plastic surgeons do their best to place the tiniest incisions in your stomach's natural creases, so the scars are hard to see when completely healed. One of our plastic surgeons or a member of our staff will go over scar care directions that will help your incisions heal properly.

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Reveal Your Six Pack with Ab Etching

However much time you work on your core, you might not be able to get a washboard stomach naturally. Abdominal sculpting at North Shore Cosmetic Surgery liposuctions the stubborn fat from your stomach and etches the muscle lines so that you'll have a six pack. If you have tried exercise and diet but are still struggling to have visible muscles, then schedule an appointment with one of our seasoned plastic surgeons, Dr. Romanelli, Dr. Low, and Dr. Layliev, at our practice in Melville, NY to find out more about abdominal sculpting.

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