Abdominoplasty (Abdominal Etching Surgery)

Abdominoplasty (Abdominal Etching Surgery)

Dr. Shahrokh Attarian

Dr. Shahrokh Attarian
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Brief Info about Dr. Shahrokh Attarian

Dr. Attarian is one of the best plastic surgeons in Iran because of his high experiences. He is a member of American and also Iranian Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgeons.

He is a specialist in plastic, cosmetic, reconstructive and burn surgery from Shahid Beheshti University of Tehran.


How this Procedure is Done

Why Iran?

Abdominal Etching is a fairly complex surgery that should be performed by experienced surgeons with extensive knowledge. Before having any kind of cosmetic surgery, you should consult with a specialist to discuss your expectations, express your concerns, and ask questions. Surgeons will help you understand the whole process and determine the technique which best suits your needs. In this case, you can ensure that your desired outcomes will be obtained.

Considering the significance of all the above-mentioned issues, Iranian experts are highly recommended for performing cosmetic surgeries. They are well-known and carry out similar procedures successfully every year. Besides, highly up-do-date facilities and efficient services are offered in Iran’s specialized clinics. You can also save a considerable amount of money if you have these cosmetic surgeries in Iran since they are done with a low cost.

In a nutshell, if you are thinking of undergoing cosmetic surgeries, specially Abdominal Etching, it’s reasonable to have Iran at the top of your priority list of options.


What is Abdominal Etching Surgery?

Achieving a washboard stomach is believed to be so tough due to the fact that muscles can be easily hidden even by a thin layer of fat. Therefore, living a healthy lifestyle and exercising properly in gyms may not help you obtain your favorable results at times. In such cases, abdominal etching surgery, also known as six-pack liposculpture, high-def liposuction or lipoetching, is recommended as an effective solution. This operation accentuates the existing muscle by removing fat and creates "six-pack" appearance which is difficult to get through diet and exercise alone. To do so, surgeons use abdominal Etching along with liposuction.

Who Can Benefit From Abdominal Etching Surgery?

This operation can be helpful for:

  • Bodybuilders who are not able to make the layer of fat over their abdominal muscles as low as they desire.
  • Individuals who don’t exercise regularly but maintain a healthy weight.
  • People in good overall health and relatively normal shape.
  • Patients who have got tummy tuck surgery or liposuction and want abdominal Etching to achieve a fitter appearance.
  • Individuals who want to have a more cut and defined look.

It’s important to note that since in this surgery, cosmetic specialists remove precise lines of fat to reveal the individual’s natural muscle tone, patients should have well-toned underlying abdominals that can be made more prominent by Etching. Otherwise, it won’t produce significant changes in their abdominal area. 

Considering all these issues, abdominal Etching might not be an effective solution for patients who suffer from damage or extreme skin laxity after weight loss. The reason is that such problems affect the results of the ab etching. Accordingly, surgeons recommend their patients to have a tummy tuck first and then abdominal Etching. These two procedures should not be carried out at the same time. After recovering completely from tummy tuck, patients can think of having lipoetching.



Abdominal Etching is said to be a variation on the traditional liposuction technique. Unlike abdominal liposuction in which surgeons may remove all the fat from the abdominal area, they etch out an instant six pack by removing only certain deposits of fat in lipoetching. Through this procedure, surgeons do not do anything about the muscle tissue. Indeed, they work on the subcutaneous adipose tissue in the abdominal area. Depending on the specialist, the operation usually takes about 1.5 to 4 hours and can be performed under either local or general anesthesia.

Before the surgery, doctors outline the patient’s abdominal muscles and use these lines to determine exactly where excess fat should be removed. During the procedure, specialists make several small incisions in the naval or the natural creases of the abdomen, where they are unnoticeable. Afterwards, a cannula, a small flexible tube, is inserted through the incisions to sculpt the abs by removing excess fat along the lines of the patient’s abdominal muscles. Sometimes, doctors might also decide to pinch some areas to etch deeply if necessary. They typically remove the fat from the lower abdominal area first, then the obliques (side areas), and finally etch the middle part of the abdomen.

Patients do not need to worry about the visibility of scars since they are only four or five and so small in a way that they can be easily hidden.



In spite of the fact that the recovery process from abdominal Etching is usually short because of the small number of incisions, it’s better to ask someone to take care of you for a while. After the operation, patients must wear a compression garment for some weeks that can only be removed when bathing. Potential bruising, swelling, or pain are completely natural and will be eased with good care and medication if approved by the surgeon. Gradually, the incision lines will fade away as well. Patients should avoid exercising and lifting weight because these activities pressurize the abdominal area. In addition, they should take some time off work to rest. After a week, they will be able to do their routine daily activities and feel free to go back to work. Swimming and light workouts are permitted as well depending on the patients’ situations and specialist’ viewpoint.


The Results

The final results are usually visible within three to six months, when the patients have gone through recovery and healing process successfully. To achieve desired results, patients should live a healthy lifestyle, maintain a well-balanced diet, and exercise regularly in the gym. The last point to mention about the results is that before getting this surgery, you should have a positive outlook and realistic goals in your mind because if this is not the case and you want to have this operation just for the sake of gaining others’ satisfaction, you are recommended to think twice about your decision. Despite the fact that good results are always expected from all plastic surgeries, there is no guarantee. In some situations, depending on your preferences, doctors may have to employ a variety of techniques to meet your needs. It is even possible that you are not completely satisfied with the outcomes or might need a revision operation to correct an undesirable result.



A tummy tuck is appropriate for individuals who are in good general health. Slightly obese people and women whose skin and muscles have been stretched because of pregnancy can benefit from this surgery. It’s important to indicate that tummy tuck differs from liposuction, which is used to remove fat deposits. Nonetheless, the surgeon may perform liposuction as part of a tummy tuck if necessary.

Tummy tuck is not recommended for women who may intend to get pregnant since during operation, vertical muscles are tightened and future pregnancies may separate them. Moreover, this surgery is not suitable for those who want to lose a lot of weight. It should be the last option after trying the other methods for losing weight.

Exercising can be so helpful, but it doesn’t restore a muscle separation, which is caused by pregnancy. To do so, surgery is the only effective technique.


Considering the fact that cosmetic surgeries might be risky at times, this surgery is held to be safe for patients who are in good overall health. If you consult with a skilled surgeon, there is no need to worry about the operation.

If patients maintain a healthy diet and do exercises regularly, the results of a tummy tuck will be permanent. However, weight gain or loss, pregnancy, or aging may influence the results.

There is no ideal age for undergoing this surgery. All healthy patients can have this operation except women who are planning for pregnancy since it may change the results.

“Tummy tuck” belts cannot fix damaged abdominal muscles or reduce fat collected in the stomach. They are just a waste of money.

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