About Ab Etching@headingTag>
No matter how many crunches, planks, and other core exercises some people perform, they will never be able to get well-defined, washboard abs because of a stubborn layer of fat covering the muscles. This fat is often caused by genetics and is almost impossible to eliminate on your own, which can be frustrating. Abdominal etching (also known as ab etch) at Y Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery uses liposculpture (a more detailed version of surgical liposuction) to remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise, while emphasizing the lines of the stomach muscles. Abdominal etching by our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Asaf Yalif in Metro Atlanta, GA, is ideal for men and women who are fit and toned overall, but who simply need a little extra help to reveal their six-pack.
Ab etching is best for patients who are close to a six-pack, but have stubborn pockets of fat. The ideal candidate will have:
- Less than 18% total body fat
- Well-toned abdominal muscles
- Tried a healthy diet and exercise
- A healthy, stable weight
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"From my initial consultation, through my surgery, and recovery process, Dr. Yalif provided first class professional care accompanied with being compassionate and listening to my concerns. He is an EXCELLENT Plastic Surgeon and I would recommend him, over and over again! After each of my follow up visits, he always said, "don't hesitate to reach out - I'm always here for you" - and he always was! His staff was friendly and helpful - making my experience at Y Plastic 5 "plus" stars!"- K.S. / Healthgrades / Mar 02, 2017
"Fantastic! His bedside manners are outstanding. Easy to talk to. Very beautiful work. Dr. Yalif is exceptional. My results are incredible. I'm very excited and happy with the new me."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Feb 27, 2017
"While I've gotten botox facial injections from Dr Yalif over the past year, I recently decided to replace my saline breast implants and have Dr. Yalif perform this surgery. I couldn't be happier with my results! I'm beyond pleased! My experience was one of ease, and my expectations have been far surpassed! His professionalism & kindness allowed me complete confidence in his ability, and I have only the highest regards for he and his amazing staff! Highly recommended!"- A.D. / Healthgrades / Feb 25, 2017
What to Expect@headingTag>
Abdominal etching is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in about 1 hour with the patient under local or general anesthesia. The surgeon will clean the abdominal area and outline the muscles to use as guides during the surgery. Small incisions are made in inconspicuous areas, like the navel and the natural skin creases to allow a thin liposuction cannula under the skin. The surgeon will carefully remove stubborn pockets of fat to enhance the muscle lines and to get a smooth contour. The incisions will be closed and the patient will be put in a compression garment to speed their healing process. Patients should only remove the compression garment for bathing and they should limit movement and avoid exercise and lifting anything over 10 pounds until they are cleared by their doctor.
After following the surgeon’s recovery instructions, patients should begin to see their final results 6 months after their surgery when the swelling is gone and the body has fully healed. Patient’s should have long-lasting results as long as they maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Natural aging will continue, which may cause loose, sagging skin that can be removed with an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).
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Get Your Six-Pack@headingTag>
If endless crunches, hours of cardio, and a healthy diet still can’t remove the layer of fat that’s hiding your abdominal muscles and keeping you from having washboard abs, schedule a consultation to learn more about abdominal etching. Ab etching enhances and defines the muscles for a chiseled “six-pack.”