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Abdominal Etching

Abdominal Etching in Las Vegas, NV

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Las Vegas, NV board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi is a skillfully trained ab etching surgeon. This modern cosmetic surgery is a noninvasive approach for getting six-pack abs with the use of high-definition liposuction.

What abdominal etching does:

  • Targets abdominal fat with an aesthetic laser and high-definition liposuction
  • Repositions the fat pads to look like sculpted muscle

Candidates for abdominal etching are men and women who:

  • Are at a stable weight
  • In relatively good shape
  • Can't quite achieve the sculpted look they want with diet and exercise alone

The treatment does not leave visible scarring, and in the hands of an experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Khorsandi, a natural-looking, chiseled, muscular abdomen can be achieved.

Surgical Technique

Abdominal etching surgery will either use a high-definition liposuction technology, such as VASER, or in some cases, a traditional form of liposuction to remove some of the fat pockets in the abdominal region. He will reshape the existing fat by repositioning it to appear like firm tissue. Dr. Khorsandi will apply specific abdominal patterns depending on the present muscle tone of the patient. The patterns also consider the natural curves of the abdomen for a more realistic effect. Tiny incisions are made along the natural folds so scarring is not an issue with this procedure. 

In The News

Dr. Otto Placik recently credited Dr. Khorsandi for the technique of creating abdominal muscles without the use of surgery.

During/After Surgery

All abdominal etching surgeries are performed as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The liposuction approach requires either general anesthesia or IV sedation, and the entire procedure can last up to an hour. Results are not instantly seen after the procedure, because the abdomen is usually swollen and bruised. This will subside in a few weeks. A compression garment is warn in the days following surgery to help in the healing process, as well as to help keep the abdomen tight and firm. Most patients can go back to their routine within 1 to 2 weeks. Exercise must be restricted until advised from the doctor. Within just a few days after surgery, men will notice the rippling effect in their upper and lower stomach, which resembles a toned and muscular looking abdomen.

Abdominal Etching for Men FAQs

Washboard Abs?

Abdominal etching is a procedure that 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?

Most abdominal etching procedures are performed using tumescent liposuction. The procedure is minimally invasive and only needs incisions 1 to 2 mm long. This allows for the cannula to be inserted while wounds are easily concealed. The liposuction will target a thin layer of fat and soft tissues, and the surgeon will manipulate the internal structures so that the desired sculpted appearance is attained. 

Scarring Issues?

This is a minimally invasive procedure so the incisions are small. The doctor will create a cut big enough to insert the cannula near the areola, belly button or along the natural crease of the abdomen. With proper care, the incisions wil fade and gradually become unnoticeable over time.

Virtual consultations are $100 and in-person consults $300 the consult fee goes towards the procedure they are non-refundable.

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Average Cost  
$8,500 - $15,000
Recovery Time  
6-8 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
3-4 hours
Post-op Follow-up  
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