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Subcutaneous fat in the belly is extraordinarily stubborn and could be all that stands between you and the defined abs you’re looking for. Abdominal etching is one way to enjoy the same sculpted look, especially if it’s been difficult to achieve through exercise and diet alone. Is this body contouring technique right for you?

Overall Health

Good candidates for abdominal etching should be healthy and within 20% of their ideal body weight. Because general anesthesia may be required or suggested, smokers could be at higher risk of complications. Those with health conditions should discuss the procedure with their cosmetic surgeon and primary physician.

Muscle Tone

While selective removal of fat cells can help create a sense of defined abdominal muscles, it helps to have a layer of toned muscle behind the subcutaneous fat. The muscle behind the layer of fat can give a strong foundation for the newly sculpted fat for better immediate results. These results may also last longer, as the muscle will slow down the body’s tendency to add fat cells to the area.

Skin Elasticity

Removing fat cells is only one step of the body contouring process. The skin must also adapt to the new shape created by the targeted liposuction. Highly elastic skin will naturally adjust to the new contours. Older adults or those who have recently lost a lot of weight may not have the skin elasticity required to show the results of the body contouring process.

Financial Investment

Because abdominal etching is an elective cosmetic procedure, insurance rarely covers it. For many, the cost is an investment in their positive body image and self-confidence. However, it is something that every potential patient should carefully consider.

Recovery Time

Liposuction and body contouring is low-risk compared to many other cosmetic procedures, with fewer side effects and shorter recovery time. Still, you’ll need time to heal, and it could take up to two weeks to get back to your usual activities, based on your procedure and lifestyle. It could take two to five months to see the full results of the procedure.

If you feel you may be a good candidate for abdominal etching, contact Vantage Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation today. Dr. Alexander Shteynberg will discuss the procedure in more detail and your expectations for a reshaped abdomen.

Posted on behalf of Vantage Plastic Surgery

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New York, NY 10021

Phone: (212) 951-1877

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