Is Abdominal Etching the Same as Liposuction?

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Looking to tighten up your midsection? Abdominal etching is a popular choice among men who want to achieve six-pack abs with high definition. It's also a good choice for creating a firmer and more sculpted abdomen you'll want to show off in Beverly Hills and Brea, CA.

On the surface, ab etching and liposuction are very similar procedures. Both involve stubborn fat removal and can provide an impressive midsection. However, there are differences between these two surgeries at Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery. Find out which treatment is best for your needs when meeting with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederic Corbin.

How is ab etching performed?

Abdominal etching involves making small incisions in the abdominal area, where we insert a small hollow tube called a cannula. Dr. Corbin uses special methods to remove fat from specific areas. We may use liposculpture techniques or Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL). This is what creates defined stomach muscles in men, commonly referred to as a six-pack.

Who is a candidate for abdominal etching?

Sometimes, genetics prevent even the most committed athletes from having six-pack abs. Male abdominal etching is excellent for patients who frequently visit the gym but are still unable to achieve their goals. Generally, the best candidates have a low body fat percentage and no excess skin on their belly. After surgery, you should enjoy a toned appearance.

Here's why our patients at Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery are excited to get ab etching in Beverly Hills or Brea, CA:

  • More visible abdominal muscles and a firmer stomach

  • Improved athletic physique

  • Easy to maintain results with continued diet and exercise

What about liposuction?

Liposuction is a better choice for men who struggle with stubborn fat in other areas of the body despite regular diet and exercise. Dr. Corbin has an impressive track record of removing difficult fat deposits in the chest, abdomen, and flanks. Liposuction is popular because you don't necessarily need a low body fat percentage to qualify for surgery.

Who should get liposuction?

Patients with stubborn fat related to genetics or hormone changes may benefit from liposuction. It's also a great choice for men who are unable to maintain their weight loss through diet and exercise. If you have excess fat in other areas besides the stomach, traditional liposuction may be the more preferable option. Dr. Corbin can provide a candid consultation to find out if you are a great fit for lipo.

Do both procedures permanently remove fat?

Both liposuction and abdominal etching are considered long-lasting fat removal solutions because the fat cells cannot return. However, it's important to know that results can still be reversed through weight fluctuations. Our cosmetic team recommends being at or near your goal weight before getting treatment and maintaining your weight after surgery. We're happy to provide helpful tips for men who want to make healthy lifestyle changes in our office.

Remove fat, and look and feel better!

Whether you want six-pack abs or are struggling to remove stubborn fat in the hips, thighs, arms, and flanks, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frederic Corbin can help you achieve the appearance you desire. Contact Dr. Corbin Plastic Surgery today for a consultation and let our experienced team go over your fat removal options. We're excited to serve men in Beverly Hills and Brea, CA who want to look and feel their best.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.