Abdominal Sculpting – Ab Etching – Liposculpture – San Diego, CA*

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About Abdominal Sculpting

A flat, toned stomach can often be achieved by following a nutritious diet plan and faithful exercise regimen, but "washboard" abs can be extremely hard to accomplish naturally. In some cases, this look is impossible for women and men to get, regardless of their dedication to their healthy lifestyle. If diet and exercise have not fully achieved your goals but you still desire a defined stomach with visibly toned abdominal muscles, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson performs ab sculpting for patients at Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness. A precise liposculpture technique, abdominal etching can help to remove smaller quantities of stubborn fat from your stomach to sculpt and define your abdominal muscles. Schedule your one-on-one appointment at our San Diego, CA plastic surgery office to learn more about ab sculpting.

Ideal Candidates

During your initial consultation, Dr. Laverson will assess your body to determine whether you're a good candidate for abdominal sculpting. To qualify for ab etching, you should be in a healthy weight range and possess stubborn areas of fat that cover and cushion your abdominal muscles. You should have a low body fat percentage (preferably below 20%) and also have attempted to improve your stomach using a healthy, high-protein diet, regular exercise, and stomach muscle training. Depending on your hormones, genetics, or past pregnancies, you may naturally be unable to achieve defined, washboard abs solely on your own.

Surgical Technique

Dr. Laverson performs ab etching in his on-site, AAAASF-accredited surgical center using general anesthesia. Throughout the 2 – 4-hour procedure, Dr. Laverson will create one or more small incisions and insert a thin, hollow tube (cannula) to suction out the unwanted fatty tissue. Dr. Laverson normally uses liposculpture methods to loosen and remove fat, but he may also employ Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to achieve a more defined result. Dr. Laverson will etch the outline of the rectus muscle and the midline linea alba. In order to create your six-pack, he will etch the horizontal lines and transverse inscriptions. When the fat has been removed with liposuction and the stomach muscles are properly defined, Dr. Laverson will carefully close the incisions.

What to Expect

After the surgery, you'll be placed in a compression garment to minimize swelling and bruising. These post-op side effects should go away after about two weeks. You will feel mild discomfort, but you should feel well enough to return to work in 5 – 7 days, and you should feel up to resuming workouts and exercise after three weeks. Dr. Laverson does his best to create the smallest incisions possible in the natural creases of your stomach, so your scars should be barely visible when completely healed. Before you're released from our on-site, recovery area, Dr. Laverson will go over scar care directions that will promote the healthy healing of your incisions.


How much does abdominal sculpting cost?
Your total costs for abdominal sculpting will vary depending on the existing condition of your abs and how much fat removal and etching is necessary to accomplish your goals. During your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Laverson will understand your wants and needs and design a personalized treatment plan to achieve them. Once your session has been outlined, we will be able to estimate your expenses. Our office accepts many forms of payment, including low-interest medical financing.

Will I have "washboard abs?"
Ab sculpting is a procedure that targets the abdominal muscles to define the contours of your stomach, giving the appearance of "washboard" abs. It can be difficult to attain this look with just regular dieting and exercise if you have a resistant layer of fat cushioning your muscles. Sometimes, this stubborn fat does not respond well to natural means. To achieve the definition you want, liposuction is employed to remove these pads of fat and emphasize muscle tone.

How does it work?
Our abdominal etching procedure is performed using liposuction techniques. This minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions that are often easily concealed due to Dr. Laverson's technical skill. Once the incisions are made, a cannula is inserted to loosen and remove the unwanted fat. Dr. Laverson will then manipulate the internal structures so the desired sculpted appearance is achieved.

Will I have any scarring?
Because ab sculpting is a minimally invasive procedure, your incisions will be small. Dr. Laverson does his best to create the smallest incisions possible in indiscernible areas. If you practice proper after-care treatment of the incision sites, your scars will fade naturally into the skin and become unnoticeable over time.

Will my results last?
The results you reap from abdominal sculpting at Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness could last for years or even decades. As long as you maintain a healthy diet plan and exercise regimen, as well as keep a healthy weight, you can enjoy the benefits of your ab etching procedure for the years to come.

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Recovery Time  
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Reveal Your Six Pack

Despite how much time you put into sculpting and defining your core organically, you still may not be able to achieve the "washboard" look you want with natural diet and exercise methods. This is why board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Steve Laverson offers abdominal sculpting at his self-owned practice, Feel Beautiful Aesthetic Wellness. This effective procedure provides lasting results that can be maintained by following a healthy lifestyle. If you've tried everything to achieve the toned stomach of your desires but nothing has worked, contact our San Diego, CA office and find out if ab etching could be your solution.

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