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Abdominal Etching

Abdominal Etching - Vaser Hi Def (Ab Etching) – Male Ab Surgery - Bellevue, WA

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Overview

Daily ab workouts don’t always translate to rock hard abs for some men, so they can turn to abdominal etching, a surgery that uses liposuction to sculpt the abdomen. Seattle area plastic surgeon, Dr. Marosan, can use the surgical procedure to give a man the six pack abs that he’s always dreamed of. Dr. Marosan uses the VASER Hi Def Lipo technique to sculpt the abdominal region, chest wall, pectoralis muscles, serratus anterior and  obliques to create a toned, athletic physique. The love handles are removed and the lower back musculature defined to produce the "V" shape sought after by men who desire a chiseled body. Dr. Marosan can also inject removed fat into ab muscles, deltoid and upper chest for enhanced muscle  definition. This is a highly specialized and technically demanding surgery. Dr. Marosan trained with Dr. Alfredo Hoyos of Bogota, Colombia, the inventor of the VASER Hi Def Lipo.

Surgical Technique

Abdominal etching surgery uses liposuction to remove the fat pockets in the abdominal region, creating negative and positive spaces to enhance the muscle definition. It is important for the surgeon to know the underlying muscle anatomy, so the surgical marks can be placed accurately, otherwise the results can look fake and artificial. This involves both deep and superficial liposuction to define the inscriptions of the rectus abdominis muscle, define the semilunar lines, the confluence of the lateral rectus and oblique muscles, create the depression between the lower lateral rectus and the medial pelvic bone, the so called Adonis line. The chest wall is defined including the lateral pectoralis major line , removal of fat on the lateral chest wall between the latissimus dorsi and latera pectoralis major. In all cases, tumescent liposuction technique is used with the VASER and Power X cannula  to achieve this muscular torso. Tiny stealth incisions are made in the groin area, belly button, in the areola under the nipples and arm pits to remove any stigmata of liposuction surgery.

During/After Surgery

All abdominal etching surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure in our accredited surgical facility. The VASER Hi Def Liposuction requires intravenous anesthesia and tumescent anesthesia, and the entire procedure can last 4-6 hours (isolated abdominal etching cannot be done, it looks fake. The entire torso and chest need to be done). Results are not instantly seen after the procedure, because the abdomen is usually swollen. This will subside in a few weeks. A compression garment is warn following surgery to help in the healing process, as well as to help keep the abdomen tight and firm. Early lymphatic massage is encouraged to promote healing.  Most patients can go back to their routine within 1 to 2 weeks. Exercise must be restricted until advised by Dr. Marosan. The full result is not realized until 4-6 months.

Abdominal Etching for Men FAQs

Washboard Abs?

Abdominal etching is a procedure that specifically targets the abdominal muscles to define its contours giving the appearance of “washboard abs”. The reason why it is difficult to achieve the effect with just normal exercise is due to a resistant layer of fat that covers the muscles. To achieve the definition, liposuction targets specific fat pads to chisel out the lines and emphasize muscle tone.

Best Candidates?

The best candidates for this procedure are men who have minimal fat deposit around the abdomen area and have some toned muscle. Active individuals who have a hard time defining their abs are ideal for this procedure. We will measure the fat layer, which should not exceed about 2 inches when pinched. If there’s a thicker layer, an initial liposuction surgery may be recommended or intensive exercise until the required measurements are achieved.

How Does It Work?

All abdominal etching procedures are performed using tumescent liposuction under intravenous sedation. Due to deep liposuction, just on top of the muscle cover and superficial liposuction, just under the skin, local anesthesia alone will not allow Dr. Marosan to achieve the optimal results he can deliver and his patients expect.

Scarring Issues?

This is a minimally invasive procedure so the incisions are small. Dr. Marosan places "stealth" incisions and uses hard plastic skin ports to introduce the VASER probe and liposuction cannulas under the skin, thus protecting the skin from burns or friction burns. All incisions are closed with one suture, except the groin, belly button and top of buttock crack, which are left open for fluid drainage. All these small incisions heal with scars that become inconspicuous to the naked eye.

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Average Cost  
$4,500 - $12,000
Recovery Time  
2-4 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
4-6 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
Next Day
Procedure Recovery Location  
Out-Patient
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