Liposuction and Abdominal Etching: What Are the Differences? By tmccall on June 29, 2017

A woman's absGetting rid of body fat can be difficult. You may eat right, exercise regularly, and lead a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes that last bit of fat simply will not go away. This is especially the case with the belly. That's when visiting a Milwaukee cosmetic surgery center may be helpful. Cosmetic fat removal with liposuction can work wonders for your physique, getting rid of love handles and helping you have toned and trim abs.

Yet there is more to fat removal and body sculpting than liposuction. Abdominal etching may be able to help you as well. Let's take a moment to consider how these two surgical options work and when one may be more ideal than the other.

About Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal liposuction is a form of cosmetic fat removal that target the stomach. The most common parts of the body targeted during abdominal liposuction are the love handles and the lower abdomen. In the process, patients achieve a much slimmer appearance around the abdominal area.

The Abdominal Liposuction Procedure

During liposuction, a thin metal tube called a cannula is used to suction out fat from the body. Only a certain amount of fat can be removed during liposuction. This is why surgeons stress to patients that liposuction is not a method of weight loss per se, but rather a means of eliminating some unwanted body fat.

About Abdominal Etching

Abdominal etching is similar to liposuction in that it involves the removal of some unwanted body fat. Unlike liposuction, however, not all of the unwanted abdominal fat is removed. Instead, plastic surgeons will leave a little bit of fat around the abdominal muscles. This remaining fat is carefully sculpted to add definition to the abs.

The Abdominal Etching Procedure

The abdominal etching procedure is performed in a similar manner to abdominal liposuction. A thinner cannula tends to be used in order to better sculpt the abdominal region and achieve more ideal results. As with abdominal liposuction, only a certain amount of body fat will bee removed in the procedure.

When Is Liposuction Better Than Abdominal Etching?

Liposuction tends to be more ideal for patients who have more body fat to remove. The sculpting of the fat is not necessary for these patients since the primary focus is on getting rid of the excess fat from the stomach.

When Is Abdominal Etching Better Than Liposuction?

Abdominal etching tends to be more ideal for patient who have just a little bit of belly fat remaining. This allows a surgeon a great deal of control when it comes to sculpting the body fat around the abs.

Which Body Contouring Surgery Is Right for Me?

There are many factors to consider when it comes to effective body contouring and sculpting. During a consultation at our practice, we will be sure to go over all of your treatment options carefully and discuss which procedures may be best suited to your needs.

Learn More About Body Contouring and Sculpting

If you would like more information about your options for advanced body contouring, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. The team at Lake Country Plastic & Hand Surgery will help you look trimmer, slimmer, and more athletic.

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