Abdominal Etching - How to get Six Pack Abs Surgically?

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2022-07-12 05:30 AM | By Tamira Scientific Committee
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It’s that era where physical fitness and appearance is tremendously appreciated and longed for. All young men and women are out there in the gym, sweating all the fat off. A lot of time and effort is invested in getting the desired look. And today, everyone wants the six pack abs! People are impressed by how bodybuilding can enhance their overall appearance. There are many who give their best to get a sick-pack but end up getting frustrated with not being able to achieve it.  In spite of spending hours exercising and imbibing lifestyle and dietary changes, some do not get to see the results. Now, the question that pops is – ‘Is rigorous exercise the only way to achieve the six-pack abs?’. The answer is ‘No’. Abdominal etching is a six pack ab liposuction procedure that helps one achieve these results.

Abdominal Etching

Abdominal etching is a plastic surgery procedure that gives the abdomen a six pack appearance. It is a form of liposuction / lipo-sculpture procedure that removes fat from the abdominal region in pockets. The procedure is done by making incisions around the belly button and removing fat from the different sections of the abdomen. The word etching is used because of the sculpting/chiseling of the six-pack abs. Six pack abs surgery or abdominal etching is best for individuals who have ideal weight and are struggling to lose stubborn fat from the abdominal regions. Some patients do consider a tummy tuck or liposuction procedure before opting for abdominal etching. By this means, they can achieve the well-defined six pack abs look.

If you are wondering what is the difference between liposuction and abdominal etching, here we explain. Liposuction is a procedure that can remove stubborn fat using the suction device from anywhere in the body. On the other hand, abdominal etching is the procedure that an individual must consider if they have good abdominal muscles and a moderate level of fat that needs to removed. A doctor would be able to help one identify if they should consider a liposuction before choosing abdominal etching procedure.

Individuals can get well-contoured abs that they can maintain on an ongoing basis with this procedure. If the person puts on extra kilos, the results of the treatment would diminish. It is important to maintain the weight with appropriate diet and exercise. Abdominal etching can be done in 1-2 hours and the results show up completely in a period of three to six months. Men’s abdominal etching is gaining popularity around the world since it is the one –way to get the desired look even if aging related concerns become a roadblock. As people age, the metabolism of the body decreases significantly and the desired abdominal contour can only be possible with cosmetic procedures.

Abdominal Etching Procedure Risk, Cost and Pre-requisites

Abdominal etching is considered as a low risk procedure. However, like in all surgical procedures, there can be risks involved. Some of these include swelling, infection, uneven contouring of the abdomen, never damage, fluid accumulation and others. It is important to choose a board-certified doctor who specializes in the procedure for the best results. Patients must also disclose all the pre-existing medical conditions and any allergic reactions to prevent any complications.

Abdominal etching can cost between INR 75k to 2.5 lakhs in India. There are various factors such as the amount of fat to be removed, the technique and equipment used, the surgeon’s experience, the city and clinic that will decide the exact cost of the procedure.

Abdominal Etching Before and After

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How to Build Six Pack Abs?

There are six pack abs workout routine that helps build muscle strength and tone the abdomen. Below are the important measures to be considered for well-defined abs.

  • Cardio Exercises – the more cardio exercises that one takes up, the more belly fat one can burn. This helps in building muscles and toning the abdominal region
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) exercises – Combining both cardio and strength training, this exercise can give good results. Individuals can get to see results in a period of three to four weeks when practiced diligently.
  • A protein rich diet can help the muscles get strong
  • Drinking enough water not just rejuvenate the body but can also help with fat loss.
  • Avoiding processed and sugar loaded food works best for building strength and avoiding fat accumulation.

The Abdominal Muscles

Now that we have seen the abs-etching procedure, it is important to also understand about abdominal muscles. These muscles are present between the ribs and the pelvis and holds all the organs in place. There are four main abdominal muscle groups.

  • Transversus abdominis or the deepest muscle layer
  • Rectus abdominis is found between the ribs and the pelvic region
  • External oblique muscles and Internal oblique muscles which are located in the sides of the rectus abdominis.
  • Core muscles link the upper and lower body
  • Multifidus which runs along the spine

How does one get the abs? When abdominal fat is reduced significantly by means of exercise and diet, the person can develop abs. The packs are pretty much like ice cubes that lie deep within the abdominal region. Once all the fat is eliminated the packs start to get visible. The division of the abdominal section is purely genetic. Some people have three abdominal sections, while others have four or six or eight. This defines how many packs one can develop. While it may be possible to get a six pack or four pack or even an eight pack, it can be very challenging to get to 10 or 12 packs. To get these abs visible, one must exercise to get to a lean state and develop strong abdominal / core muscles.

This becomes extremely challenging and will mean that the person will have to practice rigorous forms of exercises to get to the pack-size they want. This challenge only gets simpler with the abs-etching procedure. A person can get their desired pack size while being able to maintain them with exercise and diet for a very long time. And if extremely well-maintained, it can be permanent.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is six pack abs?

A six pack abs refer to segmented muscles that are separated by a horizontal intersection. People can have anywhere between 2 to 12 muscle abs. The 6 pack abs is the most common and preferred abs or well-defined abdominal muscles.

  1. Can you get a six-pack with surgery?

Yes, abs-etching is a common procedure to get some sick pack abs with the help of surgery. This is best for people who have a slim feature and want to bring out well-defined abdominal muscles.

  1. Can Lipo give you abs?

Liposuction can help with removal of stubborn fat and in creating a defined abs. The results depend on the type of liposuction that one considers and the amount of fat that is to be removed.

  1. Is abdominal etching permanent?

The results of abdominal etching are permanent as long as there is no drastic weight loss or gain after the procedure.

  1. How long does it realistically take to get a six-pack?

To get a six pack abs, it would ideally take 1.5 to 2 years of continuous and regular exercises. The duration also depends on the person’s age, current physique, nature of exercises and more.

  1. Can someone have a 12 pack abs?

A 11 or 12 pack abs might be challenging to achieve though not impossible. It would require strict diet and regular exercises including cardio and toning exercise. 12 pack is not easy to achieve and the body is not naturally built to have the abdominal muscles that way.

  1. Is getting a 6 pack worth it?

Many consider having a six pack abs to be worth it. This is mainly because the individual feels healthier with minimal fat in the body. It can also act as a confidence booster to many. However, there is no enough proof on whether having abs would actually mean that the individual is healthy.

  1. Does everyone have a six pack under fat?

Everyone has four main abdominal muscles and hence abs beneath the fat. A lot about how one achieves a six or eight or four pack abs depends on the person’s age, genetics and how strict their exercise and diet routines are.

  1. How do I lose the layer of fat over my abs?

To lose the layers of fat one must change their diet to sugar free and protein rich meals. Regular and rigorous exercise is also mandatory to have the fat go away. Good sleep, rest and nutrition can help but a diet plan from a nutritionist can be more beneficial.

  1. Can you get ab etching with a tummy tuck?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to combine 2 procedures to get the desired results. There are many benfits of combining these procedures such as lesser downtime and better overall results.

  1. Can I get a 6 pack after a tummy tuck?

Yes, a tummy tuck procedure can help you build the abs. In a period of 2 months, the patient would be in a position to start exercises that can develop abs. It is important to seek the consultation of the doctor to understand if one is ready for exercises following tummy tuck procedure. It is possible to develop the abs once you have received a go ahead.

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