Daily ab workouts don’t always translate to rock hard abs for some men, so they can turn to abdominal "etching". Abdominal "etching" refers to specialized liposuction technique to sculpt the abdomen. We etch glass or a name on a medal. Sculpting is done from the underside of the skin and not cutting through the skin. 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. This is NOT an isolated procedure, it is part of the total male body sculpting. No partial body sculpting gives harmonious natural results. This is an all or none operation. Patients interested in localized fat removal only, should seek care elsewhere. Dr. Marosan uses the VASER Hi Def Lipo (VHD) technique to sculpt the abdominal region, chest wall, pectoralis muscles, serratus anterior and obliques to create a toned, athletic physique. The arms are sculpted as well to match the rest of the body. The "love handles" are removed, the upper back is sculpted by removing fat around the scapula or wing bone, the trapezius muscle and the lower back musculature is defined to produce the "V" shape sought after by men who desire a chiseled, athletic body. Dr. Marosan can also inject removed fat into the muscles, deltoids and upper chest for enhanced pectoral 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 for body sculpting in men and women. There's no other surgeon in the Pacific Northwest who can deliver such real and artistic results without the stigmata of surgery.
Abdominal Etching Reviews
"Great Experience, Took His Time with Me! - I am considering a face lift and have been to see several doctors, I was so impressed with Dr. Marosan I have cancelled my other consultations. Very kind and very thorough. Loved the fact that he actually spent time talking to me, I did not feel rushed. all the other consultations were like 5 minutes in and out, this is the price, good bye. I will definitely use Dr. Marosan"- R. / RealSelf / Aug 09, 2018
"I have had liposuction, bbl, labiaplasty, tummy tuck, and anxiously awaiting to do more. Dr. Marosan is a genius and an expertise when it comes to body sculpting. My mom is having a blue peel next week and my sister will be having fat transfer to her face in the next month. I have had another plastic surgeon in Bellevue do a neck and face lift with deposit already placed before I found Dr. Marosan. My biggest regret was not to have found him before I made that appointment. In fact it I'd known how bad my facial scars would have turned out, I'd gladly lose my deposit. Because now my only opinion is if one day I choose to have Dr. Marosan fix the other doctors poorly placed scars. I also love the staff at this office. It feels comfortable without the hype and pressure felt at those high profiled places with all the staff employees. See you next week Dr. Marosan, Danni, Lauri, and Sara B. Gordon"- L.A. / Yelp / Feb 02, 2019
"Ab Etching Dramatically Increased my Motivation! - In Sep 2021 I had VASER Hi-def lipo, gynecomastia, and abdominal etching work performed by Dr. Marosan. Being former military, I previously tried to just force body discipline by 5am sessions with a personal trainer, random gym apps, CrossFit (twice), but still couldn't get (and maintain) my body the way I wanted. I knew I didn't need the motivation of group support, and if I could just find the right catalyst then I could do this on my own. So I bought a Tonal machine for at home workouts, and went in for the procedure with the objective that the surgery was just the start of my fitness journey (for immediate visual motivation), versus the end (ie no more work needed). I was fortunate to live right down the street from a respected true master of his craft who could do this work on me! Dr. Marosan fully explained what would happen, why he would do certain things, and equally important why he would not do other things that I'd found online (like sculpting a sixpack into the abdominal fat so I'd look like Batman 24/7). Not much to share on the procedure itself, I remember going in and laying on the table, and next thing I know I was getting up and wheeled out to my ride. I did have a few drainage tubes for a week which were a pain to manage for bathroom trips, and the garment/foam isn't the most comfortable, but once the tubes came out and the swelling went down things greatly improved.A year after surgery and I know that seeing the difference in my body has helped me make better dietary choices, and has kept me motivated with my workouts. This was definitely one of the best decisions I've made for myself, as I see the results every single day and know that it's 100% up to me to continue the work to highlight the impact of the sculpting even more. As I put in more work (nutrition & exercise), I now see the impact faster, and the benefit is more pronounced. If you're on the fence, just treat yourself & go in for a consultation, you won't regret it!(my pics are on his website gallery)"- F. / RealSelf / Oct 07, 2022
"Total Male Body Sculpting Transformation (Daddy Makeover), Why Did I Wait So Long! Abs, Arms, Back, Chest! - Bellevue, WA - I did a lot of research to find the best Plastic Surgeon in Bellevue, with artistic skills, hands of experience, amazing results and I found Dr. George Marosan! Dr. Marosan took time and reviewed everything in detail with me. The staff is truly the best team I have seen in all my years, and it makes a difference. The individual care makes you feel like you are their only patient. When you look for a Dr. look for a sculptor, a real artist, not just a Plastic Surgeon. My wife and I are thrilled with our new bodies. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long, so what are you waiting for?"- D. / RealSelf / Feb 21, 2016
Abdominal "etching" surgery uses the VASER deep and under the skin to remove the fat from the deep and superficial fat compartments 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 muscle, removal of fat on the lateral chest wall between the latissimus dorsi and lateral pectoralis major. In all cases, tumescent liposuction technique is used with the VASER and Power X (rotating) cannula to achieve a 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.
All abdominal "etching" surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure in our AAAASF accredited surgical facility. The VASER Hi Def Liposuction requires intravenous sedation anesthesia and tumescent anesthesia, and the entire procedure can last 4-6 hours (isolated abdominal "etching" cannot be done, it looks fake like the "Turtle ninja look". The entire torso and chest need to be done together). Results are not instantly seen after the procedure, because the treated abdominal wall is usually swollen. This will subside in a few weeks. A compression garment is worn 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 2 to 3 weeks. Exercise must be restricted until advised by Dr. Marosan. The full result is not realized until 4-6 months.
Plan Your Procedure
- Surgeon Fees
- From $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 4-6 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Next Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Abdominal Etching for Men FAQs
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 and also is just under the skin. To achieve the definition, liposuction targets specific fat pads to chisel out the inscription lines and emphasize muscle tone.
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 2-3 inches when pinched. If there’s a thicker layer, an initial debulking liposuction surgery may be recommended or intensive exercise until the required measurements are achieved.
Prospective candidates who had this procedure done before with less than optimal outcomes at another office, are more challenging due to the extensive internal scarring and the placement of the inscriptions created arbitrarily without respect of the person's muscle anatomy. The VASER and Power X instruments are invaluable in these secondary cases. In my practice, over 60% of patients had previous suboptimal surgeries.
How Does It Work?
All body sculpting 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 what his patients expect.
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 (one drain is placed on each side), belly button and top of buttock crack (drain is placed here too), which are left open for fluid drainage. All these small incisions are placed in the armpit folds, inside the belly button, intra-areolar, low in the pubic area and the top of the buttock crack, heal with scars that become inconspicuous to the naked eye.