SIX PACK SURGERY! : Dr. P. K. Talwar

A washboard stomach can be extremely difficult to achieve, since even wellconditioned muscles can be hidden by a thin layer of fat. For patients who diet and exercise, have good skin and muscle tone, but have a few extra fat in the abdomen that are stubborn, a six-pack abdomen, may be the answer. This is one of the specialty liposuction procedures, where we can create a nicely sculpted abdomen, for the appropriate patient with liposuction, alone. No implants are needed, and the patients usually think the results are spectacular.
Six-pack surgery, more professionally known as abdominal etching surgery, is the procedure which will turn your pudgy belly into a washboard. It’sa kind of precision liposuction, where the doctor sucks fat from your belly, revealing the abdominal muscles that lie underneath.
Abdominal etching surgery is a safe way to give the abs more definition. The plastic surgery procedure accentuates the existing muscle by removing fat, producing the highly coveted “six-pack” appearance.
Abdominal etching is popular among men who desire a more cut and defined look. Men can find a plasticsurgeon who will remove those last layers of fat to sculpt the abs and make the stomach muscles appear more prominent. In women, it can be difficult to achieve a leaner appearance especially in the stomach. Surgeons can perform abdominal etching to produce a six-pack stomach with feminine contours.

Ideal candidates :
Because abdominal etching removes precise lines of fat to reveal the patient’s natural muscle tone, the best candidate already has well-toned underlying abdominals that can be emphasized by etching. Good candidates also include patients who have undergone tummy tuck surgery or liposuction and want abdominal etching to achieve a fitter, more chiseled appearance. Those considering abdominal etching surgery should maintain a proper diet and healthy amounts of exercise, since the longevity of the surgical results depends on it.

Males :
The ideal candidate should be physically fit and have naturally athletic-looking abdominal muscles but with relatively small pockets of fat in the abdominal areaand who have between one to two centimetres of “pinch able belly fat”.
Females :
For women, if they desire to have sexy upper abdominal indentation. It is not suitable for patients with larger accumulations of abdominal fat seeking to significantly reduce their belly size or accomplish weight reductions as the amount of fat removed is fairly small. A traditional liposuction is more suitable for those patients. If your total body fat is more than 18 percent, you are likely not an appropriate candidate for abdominal etching.

Procedure :
The abdominal etching procedure usually takes only an hour, and can be performed as an outpatient procedure under either local or general anesthesia. Before surgery, the doctor will outline the patient’s abdominal muscles and use these lines to serve as a guide during surgery. During the procedure, several small incisions are made in the naval or the natural creases of the abdomen, where they are inconspicuous. A cannula, or a flexible tube, is then inserted through the incisions to sculpt the abs by removing excess fat along the lines of the patient’s abdominal muscles. The four or five remaining scars are very small – only about an eighth or a quarter inch in length. Most incisions are hidden in the natural body creases of the body leaving very small scars. For those patients who exercise on a regular basis or with excellent skin tone, a better defined washboard stomach can be obtained in just hours. Surgery usually takes one to two hours under general anaesthesia

Immediately after the surgery, patients are asked to wear a compression garment for a few weeks, which should only be removed when bathing. They must also not shower for 48 hours. Most patients are able to return to their regular schedule within 1-2 weeks. It takes up to 6 months to see full results. During liposuction recovery, patients will experience bruising, swelling, and some pain, which can be eased with proper care and medication. It is important that postoperative patients limit exercise and avoid lifting weight over ten pounds and putting any pressure on the abdominal area. The full results typically become visible within six months, after the body has had ample time to heal.
Dr. Talwar is one of the leading cosmetic and plastic surgeon in India. Since 1996 he has been running Cosmetic Laser Surgery Centre of India. He was also associated with the Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi (India) as a Senior Consultant, Cosmetic Surgeon. His clientele includes Top Models, Film Stars from neighboring countries, Sport Stars and a lot of foreign tourists.

Vinod Kumar

Health Journalist & writer. Editor of monthly health magazine "Health Spectrum."

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