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
"I have never met a doctor quite like Dr. Connors. He is extremely professional and attentive to the needs of the patient. All my questions were answered yo my 100% satisfaction. A huge thank you to Amber and Jenn for never making me feel like I was a pest. And to Tammy, Lisa and Kristie for making me feel special. I always felt like I was a priority!Will I recommend Dr. Connors to all my friends- YES!! Don’t look anywhere else!"- J.M. / Google / Nov 25, 2019
"Maggie is the GOAT of injectables! She’s knowledgeable and not pushy. When I asked her what she thought I needed, she handed me a mirror and said “What do you not like about what you see..” What a great way to get an answer. I’ve had injectors in the past just push push push...made me feel like I needed an entire facelift mixed with laser mixed with you name it. Maggie is my go to forever! Worth the money!"- G.B. / Google / Nov 22, 2019
"I’m very thankful a friend referred me to Dr.Connors! He is extremely professional & took time to address all of my concerns. When he got out his ruler and measuring device (no clue what it’s called) to measure symmetry etc at the consultation, drew pictures, brought out a diagram.. I knew his attention to detail was what I wanted and needed! I had so many questions and concerns and he did not rush me at the consultation. His pricing is fair and not over priced. His office staff are very professional as well. One year later & I’m still happy with the decision to get my breast augmentation done with Dr.Connors!"- A.V. / Google / Nov 15, 2019
"I had a mommy make-over including a tummy tuck, breast reduction, and liposuction. I look like a brand new person. I don’t think I realized how much damage was done to my body from 3 C-sections until the repair was done. Dr. Connors is amazingly skilled, kind, caring, and his entire staff follows his example. The nurses and desk staff are lovely and have been so helpful and responsive to me. I would recommend this practice highly!"- H.M. / Google / Oct 09, 2019
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.