About Abdominal Etching
A toned stomach can normally be achieved through a healthy diet and exercise; however, "washboard" abs are very difficult and sometimes impossible for everyone to have. If you want a defined stomach with a clear "six pack," double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence offers abdominal etching at her facility in Atlanta, GA. A highly refined liposuction technique, ab etching can help to remove small amounts of stubborn fat from your belly and define your abs. Schedule a consultation at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery to learn more about abdominal etching.
"Dr. Marisa Lawrence is very knowledgeable. Unlike many plastic surgeons that they are more concern of making money. But with Dr. Lawrence, she explained my option and she didn't push me to do more than I need. Her pricing is very reasonable. She was so calm and not in a hurry at all when I went to see her for consultation. Looking forward for the day of my surgery and to see the result of her work. I wish I found her 12 years ago and I could have made a better decision and avoided to have another surgery 12 years later. If you are looking to have a cosmetic surgery or to remove your implant, please do yourself a favor and make an appointment for consultation and you will know it yourself what I wrote here. "- J. / Healthgrades / Mar 14, 2022
"Perfect Office for Me! - So far love this office! I was highly impressed that everyone that works there looks like everyday people instead of a bunch of barbies. Usually when I have gone into a Plastic Surgeon's office everyone looks like they have so much work and alot of them are or near my age yet look like they are trying to be 20 again. My goal has never been to look fake! The office staff here made me feel..."- F. / RealSelf / Sep 29, 2021
"I was so nervous to begin this process but now so glad I did. I had lipo of my abdomen, hips and back on May 17 and love the results. Dr. Lawrence was very real with me at my consultation and told me I would need lipo first then my TT surgery later. I believed in her and did exactly as she told me. I’m getting ready for my TT on September 28 and absolutely can not wait. Everyone in the office is so nice but her nurse Emily and Liz are my absolute favorites. They are always so helpful and always smiling and ALWAYS makes you feel welcomed. Angela her NP is amazing as well."- S.C. / Facebook / Sep 03, 2021
"Perfect Office for Me! - So far love this office! I was highly impressed that everyone that works there looks like everyday people instead of a bunch of barbies. Usually when I have gone into a Plastic Surgeon's office everyone looks like they have so much work and alot of them are or near my age yet look like they are trying to be 20 again. My goal has never been to look fake! The office staff here made me feel comfortable that my goal will be achieved based on how real they all look! I am excited to get my procedure(s) scheduled!"- F. / RealSelf / Sep 02, 2021
"Marisa Lawrence Was my plastic surgeon I recently got my breast implants done she did a breast implant exchange on me. She went above and beyond my expectations! She’s very nice and understanding and very patient! Her staff is nice and her facility is clean you would love it here! She knows her work and she’s great at it!"- B.M. / Yelp / Jun 16, 2021
During your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will evaluate your body to ascertain if you are a good candidate for abdominal etching. To be a good candidate for abdominal etching surgery, you should be within a normal weight range with isolated pockets of fat in your stomach. You have a low body fat percentage (ideally under 20%) and have tried to define your core through a high-protein diet, regular cardio, and abdominal strength training. Due to genetics, hormones, or pregnancy, you might naturally be unable to get washboard abs.
Dr. Lawrence performs abdominal etching as outpatient surgery in an accredited surgical facility while you are under anesthesia. During the 1 – 2-hour procedure, Dr. Lawrence will make one or more tiny incisions, so she can insert a hollow tube (cannula) to vacuum out fat. Dr. Lawrence generally uses liposculpture techniques to emulsify and remove fat, but may also use Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to achieve a more dramatic etching. Dr. Lawrence will define the midline linea alba and the outline of the rectus muscle. To reveal a six-pack, she can also define the transverse inscriptions and horizontal lines. Once the fat is removed and the abdominal muscles are completely defined, Dr. Lawrence will close the incisions with sutures.
What to Expect
Following the procedure, you will be fitted with a compression garment to reduce bruising and swelling, which should diminish in about two weeks. You may experience moderate to minimal pain, but you may be able to return to work within 5 – 7 days and resume exercise within three weeks. Dr. Lawrence does her best to put the smallest incisions in your body's natural creases, which means the scars are difficult to see once fully healed. Dr. Lawrence or a member of her team will give you scar care instructions that will ensure your incisions heal cleanly.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does abdominal etching cost?
The cost of your custom treatment plan will be determined during a consultation with Dr. Lawrence. There are many factors to consider before a cost can be determine. After a physical examination and a discussion about your lifestyle, medical history and aesthetic goals, Dr. Lawrence will be able to give you a cost estimate for your procedure. Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery accepts many methods of payment and can help you apply for medical financing.
Will it give me washboard abs?
Abdominal etching is a liposuction procedure that targets fat deposits around the abdominal muscles to define and contour, giving the appearance of “washboard abs”. The reason why it is difficult to achieve this effect with standard diet and exercise is because of resistant fat in the midsection.
How does it work?
Our abdominal etching procedures are performed using tumescent liposuction. This procedure is minimally invasive and requires very minimal incisions. This allows for the cannula to be inserted while wounds are easily concealed. The liposuction will target a thin layer of fat and soft tissues, and Dr. Lawrence will manipulate the internal structures so that the desired sculpted appearance is attained.
Will I have scars?
This is a minimally invasive procedure so the incisions made during the procedure are very small, just large enough to insert the necessary tools. For this reason, any scarring left behind will be very small and hidden in inconspicuous areas that can be easily concealed.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $9,000
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 3 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Reveal Your Six Pack
No matter how much you work on your abs at the gym, you may not be able to get washboard abs on your own. Abdominal etching at Marisa Lawrence, M.D., F.A.C.S. removes the stubborn fat from your stomach and defines your muscles so you will see a six pack at last. If you've tried diet and exercise but are still fighting to get visible muscles, schedule a consultation with doctor Dr. Lawrence at her office in Atlanta, GA to learn more about ab etching.