Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. John Connors, takes liposuction to an all new level for men seeking 6-pack abs. Men desiring a more sculpted abdominal appearance may consider ab etching to help get them closer to having the muscular appearance they wish to achieve. This specialty surgery uses liposuction to enhance the definition of the abdominal muscles by removing excess fat and reshaping the abdominal region to create “rippling” effect and a sculpted ab appearance. The best candidates for abdominal etching are men in relatively good shape who desire a more defined abdomen without intrusive scarring.
"Dr. Connors and his staff are some of the most wonderful people I have met since moving to Atlanta. They truly care about you-how you feel, that you are happy with results, really they treat you like family. If anyone is considering plastic surgery, Dr. Connors is a must, he will make you perfect!"- K.E. / Yelp / Aug 28, 2015
"This doctor is very professional and great he would always suggest what suits you . I really recommend him .everyone in that clinic is friendly.love the place and staff."- A. / Healthgrades / Feb 09, 2018
"My new girls!! - Dr. Connor and his staff are the best. They took great care of me. They are very caring and Dr. Connor has an impeccable bedside manner. I had a consultation with another big plastic surgeon here in Atlanta but I did not like he and his staff’s lack of bedside manner and demeanor. The moment I walked in Dr. Connor’s office and met him and his staff I knew he was the doctor for me. I knew I was in good hands. They truly make you feel like family. Dr. Connor called me personally a few hours after surgery to see how I was doing to see if I made it home safely. I would definitely recommend Dr. Connor and his staff."- M. / RealSelf / Nov 22, 2017
"Dr. Connors is the best surgeon I've had! - I have had a couple previous surgeries but none of them compared to the knowledge and expertise of Dr. Connors. His staff was exceptional and took the time to answer questions and ease my concerns. Dr. Connors was very particular about explaining my results based on my body which helped me to feel confident with my decision. I was also impressed with their surgery center and excellent..."- G. / RealSelf / Oct 13, 2017
"57 Yrs Old - Tummy Tuck - Heart Attack, 3 Stents, High Cholesterol, Sleep Apnea, Blood Pressure, and Thyroid. - It was meant for me to find the best surgeon. Dr Connors was made aware immediately of my medical history. He advised me if I wasn't physically able to handle the surgery, he would not have performed the surgery. Plus, instead of performing in his out patient facility, he recommended I go to Northside Hospital to ensure my safety. Mostly, I kept his office informed of everything - my Stree test and EKG results. Plus, my cardiologist sent a letter of clearance to inform the doctor of my condition. When calling Dr Connors office, I received answer. They were there for me during my "worrying" moments and ensured me all wold be well. Plus, after the 2nd day of surgery, the Dr. Connors called me to check on me. Who else does that? I'm looking forward to my 1st week PostOp visit. I'll keep you all posted. Overall to this point, I'm grateful."- R. / RealSelf / Sep 26, 2017
Abdominal etching is done with a special tumescent liposuction technique. The procedure removes and sculpts fatty tissue residing under the skin. Before the procedure, detailed markings are made of the patient’s flexed abs. During the surgery, small incisions are made within the natural contours of the abdomen. This helps minimize scarring. Through these incisions, fat is removed in some areas, thinned in others, and rearranged to accentuate the abdomen (rectus) muscles and the linea alba (the line running down the center of the abdomen).
All male abdominal etching procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling and bruising in the abdomen. A compression garment should be worn for 3-6 weeks. Most patients are able to resume a normal work schedule within 1 week and incorporate exercise within 3 weeks. The full effect of surgery should be noticed within 6 months. This surgery allows men increased definition of their abdominals.
The cost of male abdominal etching surgery varies based on the extent of surgery. The average cost is around $7,500 to $10,000.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $9,000 - $12,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3-6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Abdominal Etching FAQs
Will I Have a “6 Pack”?
For the ideal candidate, yes! Many people hope for a “6 pack” and work for years without attaining the desired results. This is caused by a layer of fat covering the muscle. Abdominal etching removes and sculpts this layer of fat, resulting in the desired “6 pack” for most candidates. Patients with muscle tone already present see the greatest results.
Who is the Ideal Candidate?
The ideal candidate for abdominal etching is a male with up to 20% body fat and preexisting muscle tissue, but who feels let down because he cannot attain “washboard abs”.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using a liposuction method. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and use a mechanism that can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed near the areola or in the lines between the abdominal muscles and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.