Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Don't like working out? Got a belly? Now you can give others the appearance you've got a six pack in a simple plastic surgery.... no workout required. It's called Abdominal Etching, in simple terms they use a liposuction cannula selectively to suck divots into your fat, making pseudo abs. It's still fat, though. Anyone else find this more than a little creepy?

From a Surgery website....

The Abdominal Etching Procedure

Abdominal etching is performed in the doctor's office or in an outpatient surgery center. Time in surgery is about one hour. The procedure is often performed under local "twilight" anesthesia, while you are sleepy, sedated, and awake; or general anesthesia, while you are asleep. You can discuss anesthesia options with your doctor and the anesthesia provider.

Several small incisions (1-2 millimeters in length) are made in the belly button or in natural creases of the abdomen so that the incisions are not highly visible. The surgeon uses a cannula (a hollow tube-like instrument) to remove excess fat and skin. It is a delicate procedure that includes sculpting grooves in the fat layers to emphasize a muscular appearance. A different cannula may be used to perform liposuction and to perform the muscle-definition sculpting.

Most patients return home within hours after surgery. Results can vary among patients due to personal anatomy factors such as the unchangeable appearance of the underlying muscles.

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