flawless.org is a not for profit advice website

Abdominal Etching

Published on: 3 Feb 2020, 9:10 a.m.

Get Free & Simple Pricing, Procedure & After Care Information from a Licensed Consultant Now








Table of contents 
What is abdominal etching?
Am I a candidate for abdominal etching?
Abdominal etching procedure
Abdominal etching recovery
Abdominal etching before and after results
Abdominal etching side effects
The difference between liposuction and abdominal etching
Abdominal etching cost
Finding a practitioner

six pack

PhotoCredit: ShutterStock / sheff

What is abdominal etching?

Abdominal etching, also known as ‘six-pack liposuction’ or ‘six pack surgery’, is a procedure that removes stomach fat, allowing your natural abs to protrude forward and create a natural ‘six-pack appearance.’ This procedure goes beyond the liposuction and tummy tuck procedures and helps patients to achieve “washboard abs” without endless hours at the gym. 

Am I a candidate for abdominal etching?

PhotoCredit: ShutterStock/ Tibanna79

This procedure is meant for individuals who: 

You are still a good candidate if you have undergone tummy tucks or liposuction in the past, but still desire a more chiselled appearance. But before going ahead, it is a good idea to speak to your doctor to discuss whether abdominal etching is right for you.

Abdominal etching procedure 

Abdominal etching is a short procedure (similar to other forms of liposculpture), lasting no longer than an hour from start-to-finish. This means that the procedure can be performed whilst an outpatient using local or general anaesthesia, which means you can go home on the same day. 

abdominal etching surgery

PhotoCredit: Shutterstock/ Andrey_Popov

A breakdown of the abdominal etching procedure:  

Abdominal etching recovery

The recovery period after abdominal etching is fairly short. Patients are required to wear a compression garment for a three to six weeks post-surgery and should only be removed when bathing. Patients will experience some discomfort, swelling and bruising whilst recovering, however this should subside within few days to weeks. 

Most patients are able to return to work a few days after the procedure has been carried out, although this may be longer if you work in a physically demanding job as patients are advised not to take part in exercise that puts pressure on the abdomen, such as lifting heaving items. 

However, it is important to remember that everyone’s recovery will vary depending on an individual’s pain tolerance and healing response. 

Abdominal etching before and after results

Results can be seen instantly; however, it can take up to six months to see the full final results. 

Generally, results are permanent if you maintain a healthy lifestyle and normal weight range. 

Abdominal etching side effects 

Abdominal etching is generally a safe procedure, although possible side effects can include:

The difference between liposuction and abdominal etching

The main difference between the two procedures is as follows:

If you are still unsure on which procedure is right for you, speak to your doctor. 

Abdominal etching cost 

In the UK, abdominal etching surgery can cost anywhere between £3,000 to £10,000. The cost of the procedure depends on several different factors including the geographical location, amount of fat removal and liposuction technique.  

Finding a practitioner

Abdominal etching should only be performed by a medical professional who is certified on the BAAPS register. Since the results of abdominal etching greatly depends on the surgeon, it is vital that you choose the right one.

Before going ahead with the procedure, make sure you have a consultation with your intended surgeon and ask them questions, such as:

This will give you a good idea about whether your surgeon will create the final result that you desire. If you have any issues, it is a good idea to consider other options before coming to a decision. You should never go ahead with a procedure unless you are comfortable and confident with your chosen surgeon.

For more top tips about choosing a plastic surgeon, read our guide.