What is Ab Etching?

The elusive six pack can be hard to reach, even for the most devout fitness enthusiasts. Here to solve that problem is ab etching, the cosmetic procedure than can carve out your abdominal area and create the allusion of six pack abs.

Below is a detailed guide on who can benefit from ab etching and how the procedure works.

How it’s Done
Ab etching is the process of accentuating existing abdominal muscles by removing sections of the layer of fat on top of the muscles. The surgeon will mark up the patient’s body where their abs are located, allowing them to skillfully remove fat in a way that gives the illusion of a six pack, or whatever accentuation the patient desires.

Usually the procedure is combined with liposuction or a tummy tuck to give an even more refined, toned look. A narrow tube known as a cannula is inserted under the skin to extract fat along the abdominal area. Only a few incisions are made, and they are typically very small and hardly noticeable.

Who is a Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates for ab etching have a body mass index (BMI) under 30. Patients’ BMI should be lower than 30 to ensure the patient isn’t too bulky in the abdominal area, which would prevent ideal results from the procedure. Additionally, ideal candidates for ab etching already have well-toned underlying abdominal muscles. Ideal candidates should have a good understanding of what the procedure entails and realistic expectations for their results.

How Long is Recovery?
Recovery after ab etching takes several months, as there will likely be swelling and bruising around the abdominal region. Although patients can get back to their regular lives after just a few weeks, final results usually take about six months to settle in.