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.
"Best people, best surgeon! And he’s a REAL, board certified, residency-trained plastic surgeon. Go to someone you can trust, like Dr Laverson! Sensitive to patient needs, kind, extremely knowledgeable & professional who wants the best, most natural results for all his patients."- S.B. / Google / Sep 14, 2019
"I must start by saying that I very rarely write reviews. But I recently recalled my experience with Dr. Laverson, and felt compelled to leave a long-overdue review that he truly earned. My situation was also quite different from most of his typical work, so I hope this also attests to his wide-ranging surgical skill. A couple of years ago I was involved in a bad motorcycle accident and wound up at Palomar Hospital. According to my family, doctors, and nurses, my face was pretty much smashed to bits and looked extremely gruesome. Some parts of my face were even missing. Anyway, Dr. Laverson was the on-call plastic surgeon that night. Once the E.R. doctors had gotten me stable, he had the impossible task of trying to fix my Freddy Krueger face by looking at an old picture of me on my fiance’s cell phone. Or at least it should’ve been impossible based on how bad my condition was...Fast forward a day or two, after my swelling from the surgery had gone down in order to see the results, my family and some coworkers came in to see. NONE of them could tell a difference from before the accident, including the coworkers who hadn’t seen my smashed face. Somehow, some way, Dr. Laverson was able to use plates, grafts, and whatever other tools and tricks in his brilliant surgical mind to make me look IDENTICAL to how I looked before splattering multiple pieces of my face on the side of a road. Shortly after my family, friends, and coworkers visited, Dr. Laverson himself visited as well to observe the post-swelling results, see how I was feeling, and to follow up on all the medical stuff he knew to look out for. He even asked my family and I if there was anything out of place, or changes we’d like to make, since he was happy to do another surgery to get everything exactly right. Because everything was already perfect I didn’t do another surgery, but his offer, his following up with me, and his sincere concern for my well being was absolutely amazing.There is only one last detail I want to mention, but it speaks volumes for Dr. Laverson’s outstanding character and genuine desire to help people feel beautiful and be happy with their looks. Since this was in the emergency room at the hospital, not only was it different than his usual surgeries by its type and difficulty, but the emergency was also paid for by my medical insurance. In the medical profession, this often means a significant pay-cut for the doctor from what they would normally charge. I don’t know if my surgery wound up being one of those times for Dr. Laverson, but I do know that he did a spectacular job given my horrendous condition, all while cancelling his Friday evening plans, and likely earning less than usual as well. I hope this review helps prove to potential customers that Dr. Laverson is a caring and outstandingly skilled surgeon, and to put anyone’s mind at ease that may be nervous or unsure about plastic surgery. And lastly, Dr. Laverson, I want to personally thank you for everything outlined above. I know there is no way I can ever really reciprocate what you did for me, but I hope this review can at least help show people and spread the word that you are an absolutely amazing person and professional."- D.S. / Google / Jun 11, 2019
"Dr. Laverson is incredibly thorough and passionate about his work. He answered all of my questions prior to my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. Following my procedure, Dr. Laverson went above and beyond during my follow up appointment to ensure I get the best results. Office staff is very welcoming, and they even called to check up on me after my procedure. I feel like a new woman, and I’m more confident than I have ever been. I recommend Feel Beautiful to anyone considering having an aesthetic procedure."- J.C. / Google / Mar 17, 2019
"I recently visited Dr Laverson for my Botox injections. His office is absolutely stunning! He was very thorough in explaining his methods and the procedure. We discussed what look I wanted and decided what areas to focus on. He did a perfect job! I definitely “feel beautiful” ! I can’t wait to see future results and try other procedures. Thank you!!"- T.N. / Facebook / Feb 25, 2019
"From the first time I walked through the doors and all through my recovery I was treated so nicely. Dr. Laverson spent a lot of time talking with me to really understand what it is that I want and what will be best for my body. Cherise was so friendly and made me feel so comfortable. She was easy to get ahold of and super quick to respond to texts and always answered the phone. The nurses couldn’t have been more friendly or welcoming, they were relatable and down to earth. The anasthesiologist, Dr. Landon was very informative and kind and put me at ease. On the day of my surgery I knew I was in good hands and was not nervous at all. Throughout the process I felt as if I was their most important patient and am so glad I decided to get my breast augmentation surgery at Feel Beautiful."- C.C. / Google / Feb 17, 2019
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.
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 – 4 hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
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.