Abdominal Etching

Using VASER technology, we can now remove fat from the abdomen comprehensively.

This means removing not only the deep fat which was the limit of traditional liposuction but also the superficial fat that we previously had to leave behind.

Patients can choose to be chiseled as desired by most men or to look lean as desired by most females. The abdomen can be contoured to your desire. Surgical time requires 1.5 hours to get you to a toned abdomen and an additional hour to make you chiseled. If scarring is present from prior alternative liposuction procedures even longer operative times should be expected. Detailed knowledge of abdominal muscles allows experienced surgeons to give you “jaw-dropping” results. Abdominal etching requires artistry and surgical precision. A consultation with one of our high definition liposuction surgeons will ensure that you achieve the body contouring results that you desire.


A 44-year-old male showing Abdominal Etching following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, lower back, chest, mini-abdominoplasty and Renuvion skin tightening of the flanks.


A 34-year-old male demonstrating Abdominal Etching following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, lateral chest, pubic region, flanks, and fat grafting to the chest.


A 54-year-old female following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, flanks, chest, and mini tummy tuck to achieve Ab Etching.

By removing both the superficial and deep layers we’re able to appreciate the underlying muscle anatomy of your abdomen, i.e. abdominal etching. Removal of all the fat comprehensively allows for superior sculpting of the abdomen to achieve a six-pack in men and a four-pack in women. The abdominal etching includes defining the lateral abdominal line (called the semilunar line), the vertical midline (called the linea alba), as well as the horizontal lines (call the inscriptions). Ancillary muscle groups may also be sculpted including the serratus muscle and the external oblique muscle.

A 37-year-old male following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, lateral chest, and flanks to achieve Abdominal Etching.


A 24-year-old female following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, pubic region, and lateral chest to achieve Abdominal Etching.


36-year-old patient following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, chest, arms, flank, and armpits to achieve etched abs.


A 25-year-old female (left) and a 60-year-old female (right) following VASER liposuction of the abdomen to achieve etched abs.


29-year-old female following VASER high definition liposuction of the abdomen, medial thighs, lateral thighs, back, and flanks, as well as a BBL and skin tightening using Renuvion technology to achieve Abdominal Etching.









Is Abdominal etching possible with the amount of body fat I have?

You will make a great candidate for abdominal etching. We perform abdominal etching on women routinely and even do revision attempts at etching.

The Gold Standard for superior liposuction results requires use of the advanced technology of ultrasound assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I perform full body liposuction cases every week. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently resulted in outstanding liposuction outcomes. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of degree of excess fat by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. If skin redundancy is observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome.

Am I a candidate for abdominal etching and liposculpture?

You will make an excellent candidate for our high definition tummy tuck which combines a tummy tuck with abdominal etching. I would also complete your transformation with a 360 lipo to optimize your back and buttocks. The Gold Standard for superior liposuction results requires use of the advanced technology of ultrasound assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I perform full body liposuction cases every week. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently resulted in outstanding liposuction outcomes. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of degree of excess fat by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. If skin redundancy is observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome.

Would I be a good candidate for abdominal etching?

You will make a fantastic patient for abdominal etching which will not only optimize your abdominal appearance but also provide the opportunity to improve your chest appearance. The Gold Standard for superior liposuction results requires use of the advanced technology of ultrasound assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I perform full body liposuction cases every week. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently resulted in outstanding liposuction outcomes. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of degree of excess fat by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. If skin redundancy is observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome. 

How to improve the appearance of scar tissue?

A liposuction revision could be performed to improve the irregularities on the abdomen. The definitive correction for liposuction deformities requires the advanced technology of ultrasound assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I encounter suboptimal liposuction outcome referrals weekly. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently corrected liposuction caused deformities. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of severity of contour irregularities by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. Finally, when skin redundancy irregularities are observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome. 

Can lipo etching be done on my stomach? I am between the ages of 20-25. Thanks in advance.

Based on your pictures, you are an excellent candidate for abdominal etching. We have also developed a new technique to remove excess abdominal skin along with abdominal etching. The Gold Standard for superior liposuction results requires use of the advanced technology of ultrasound assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I perform full body liposuction cases every week. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently resulted in outstanding liposuction outcomes. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of degree of excess fat by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. If skin redundancy is observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome.

How realistic is a 6-pack for a healthy, active, 55 year old man?

The key to getting a sculpted abdomen with definition of the muscles and good contour like you desire, is to use VASER liposuction. With high definition sculpting and the photos you posted, there may be some skin redundancy and a small skin excision may be needed so that when we sculpt, it will come to fruition. The Gold Standard for superior liposuction results requires use of the advanced technology of ultrasound assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I perform full body liposuction cases every week. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently resulted in outstanding liposuction outcomes. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of degree of excess fat by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. If skin redundancy is observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome.

When getting a bbl and jplasma should I wait to get ab etching for next time or should I get it while getting my bbl ?

You can get all of these procedures at the same time. In fact, when harvesting the fat,  it is best to utilize all of your areas to harvest the fat. In general, we are able to remove twice as much fat using VASER technology when compared to traditional liposuction. The 1 liter of fat seems low especially when you consider that only 30% of the fat aspirate can be used for BBL. You may want to make  sure that you get your abdominal etching at the same time so that you can maximize the amount of fat removed. If you are a good candidate for a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL), the optimal outcomes are achieved with:

1) use of VASER liposuction to harvest the fat,

2) a closed-looped system such as Puregraft to process the fat, and

3) a strategic micro-packet transplant technique.

These three processes have demonstrated over 95% fat graft take. This means that your results will be stable as long as you maintain your weight. As an official VASER trainer, I am routinely referred to as unhappy BBL patients. One of the most common reasons for disgruntled BBL patients is that patients are not able to accurately communicate their desired buttocks goals to their surgeons.  A buttocks assessment tool can be an invaluable tool to communicate to your surgeon the exact buttocks size and shape you are desiring.

Had abdominal etching a year ago, it doesn’t look terrible but I think my abs look too fake. Is there a way to fix this?

In order to smoothen you out, you must consider a VASER abdominal etching revision. By taking down your fat globally, it will make your contour look more natural. One of the problems with your liposuction is that your semilunar line was contoured asymmetrically making your left side muscles narrower than your right side! The definitive correction for liposuction deformities requires the advanced technology of ultrasound-assisted VASER liposuction. As an official trainer of VASER liposuction, I encounter suboptimal liposuction outcome referrals weekly. VASER liposuction has been the only modality that has consistently corrected liposuction caused deformities. VASER liposuction ensures a smooth contour regardless of the severity of contour irregularities by virtue of being able to remove any and all remaining fat comprehensively and uniformly. Finally, when skin redundancy irregularities are observed, Renuvion technology can be simultaneously applied to tighten your skin to optimize your overall contour outcome.

I am considering abdominal etching, is it safe and how much would it be?

Without photos, it is difficult to accurately say, but you sound like a great candidate for HD Vaser Liposuction. With Vaser technology, we can now remove not only the deep fat which was the limit of traditional liposuction, but also the superficial fat, that we previously had to leave behind.  By removing both of those layers we’re able to appreciate the underlying muscle anatomy of your abdomen and highlight the underlying 6 pack. Detailed knowledge of your abdominal muscle anatomy allows experienced surgeon to literally give you the results that YOU desire.

Is it possible for me to get a six pack again?

You are the ideal candidate for Vaser high definition abdominal etching that can be obtained only by a VASER specialist. I have observed that the BEST results in fact are attained in patients who have already had a tucking procedure. This is because the tighter your abdominal skin, the more dramatic results are obtained with sculpting out your muscle definition.

Can I have abdominal etching if I have some lose skin on my abdomen?

You have to remember that only VASER liposuction can be used to achieve abdominal etching. Three factors that result in skin tightening include:

a) The natural tightening of the skin from the heat produced by the Ultrasound probe;

b) The fact that the skin actually recoils into the muscle contours when ALL of the fat is removed;

c) use of CHP (J Plasma) skin tightening tool as a supplement to VASER which is done immediately following VASER liposuction during the same surgery.

Does ab etching leave external scars?

Abdominal etching is only possible using high definition liposuction techniques, which require use of VASER, power x cannulas, and cool healing plasma skin tightening. Small port incisions are created at the pubic, belly button, and under the breast to achieve these results. This uses the same ports as regular liposuction, but it allows you to achieve better results. There are no complications. It is gentler, and more comfortable, and allows you to have a high definition of your abdominal muscles. It is the only thing that works. The results are permanent. During pregnancy, it depends on how much weight you gain. If you gain weight you will gain it somewhere else, not where you had treatment. 
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