There are many cases when specific pockets of fat become resistant to exercise. Fortunately, for Pittsburgh area men who want an appearance of a 6-pack, the fat pads in this area can be sculpted to look like abdominal muscles by using a unique method of liposuction. Dr. Fernau is a liposuction surgeon and uses it not only for fat removal, but for ab sculpting as well. Ideal candidates for this procedure are men who are already toned and at a healthy weight, yet are still looking for definition. Dr. Fernau will extract small amounts of fat in specific areas along the upper and lower abdomen, and then reshape the region so that the appearance of chiseled abs results. An experienced plastic surgeon can help achieve a chiseled abdomen that normal exercises and diet cannot always create.
Abdominal Etching Reviews
"Nine months ago Dr Fernau performed a facelift and a forehead left and a neck left and eyelid surgery and my results are amazing. My friends tell me I look 15 years younger. He also performed laser resurfacing of my scars free of charge and you cannot see any scars on my face lift incisions. I am extremely impressed by his nurses and staff as they have treated me so well and answered all of my questions. Dr Fernau keeps up with the latest technology and I am going to have a NeoGraft no incision hair transplant performed by him and his staff. Also he has his own aesthetician and I have gone to her for many micro dermabrasion's and she has placed me on a skin care regimen which I really like."- A. / Doctor.com / Jan 10, 2015
"I had a face lift, eye lid surgery and a neck lift. Several months later I had a fat transfer procedure in which fat was injected into my face to correct some deep wrinkles. I am extremely satisfied w ith the results. As a physician myself, I would only go to another doctor if I knew of his reputation and surgical skill. Dr, Fernau has an excellent reputation among other physicians and he is a highly skilled surgeon. I would recommend him to my friends, family members and patients. His staff was exceptionally nice and very responsive to my questions and needs."- D. / Wellness / May 20, 2014
"Gynecomastia Surgery Abdominal Etching - Robinson, PA - 10 STAR THE BEST IN PA MAYBE THE COUNTRY!!!! M.TAYLOR"- T. / RealSelf / Nov 06, 2015
"Dr. Fernau is a meticulous, knowlegeable, experienced and extremely caring doctor. He performed a full face lift for me that was nearly perfect. My face was lifted but retained a natural appearance. I receive compliments all the time and requests for the surgeon's name. His staff is friendly, personable, helpful and completely informed. I do not hesitate to highly recommend him."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 07, 2012
"I am a current patient with Dr. Fernau. So far, my face lift and eye lift have gone very well. I have found Dr. Fernau to be very competent, kind and especially talented with his ability to bring out the best in my features. His staff is equally kind and competent. I am truly looking forward to enjoying how much better I will look after the work he has done on me."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 19, 2012
Abdominal etching surgery uses liposuction to remove some of the fat pockets in the abdominal region and reshapes the existing fat by moving it into specific areas, sculpting it to appear like firm tissue. In most cases, tumescent liposuction is the approach used. The surgeon 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.
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.
The average cost of an abdominal etching procedure is around $3,900 to $7,900. According to www.realself.com the average cost is $8,075. Because this procedure is cosmetic, insurance does not apply.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $3,900 - $7,900
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2-3 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- 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. To achieve the definition, liposuction targets specific fat pads to chisel out the 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 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.
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.