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Abdominal Etching

Abdominal etching is a type of High Definition liposuction that carefully removes fat deposits close to the abdominal muscles to define muscle curvatures. 

Many patients seek to add definition to the underlying muscles of the abdomen. In particular, they wish to achieve a six-pack, characterised by the enlargement of the rectus muscles and a lack of fat between the skin and muscles. By carefully targeting these fat deposits, patients can enjoy an enhanced, six-pack abdomen.

HD Lipo at CREO Clinic

At the CREO Clinic, Dr. Omar Tillo specialises in body contouring procedures from the neck down and has the clinical precision and experience necessary to conduct the intrinsic art of HD Lipo. 

If you are looking to treat stubborn fat around the abs, we can achieve your desired results using the latest liposuction technologies, including Vaser (ultrasound-assisted liposuction), PAL (Power-Assisted Liposuction), and BodyTite (radiofrequency-assisted liposuction). 

For a more contoured tummy, free from treatment-resisted fat, contact the CREO Clinic and book a consultation to get on track to a more taut tummy. During a consultation, you can discuss your aesthetic concerns and understand if HD Lipo is best placed to achieve your desired results.

Benefits of HD Lipo

  • HD Lipo uses great skill to remove fat deposits in close proximity to the abdominal muscles, giving prominence to the shape of the muscle and producing a highly desirable six-pack. 
  • HD Lipo uses greater precision than standard liposuction to target stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

How Much Does Abdominal Etching Cost?

The cost of abdominal etching at the CREO Clinic starts from £7,300. However, the exact cost will depend on the size of the areas targeted. As such, a full-price breakdown can only be provided following a 1-on-1 consultation with Dr Tillo. 

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Abdominal Etching Procedure

Abdominal etching for the upper and lower abdomen can be carried out under sedation or general anaesthetic and typically takes 1.5 hours to complete. Alternatively, 360 HD lipo, including the upper and lower abdomen and upper and lower flanks, takes around 3 hours to complete. 

Prior to surgery, your surgeon will draw on the areas of fat to be targeted. After anaesthetic or sedation is administered, incisions will be made in these zones through which a small suction cannula will be inserted. 

The surgeon will then work with great precision to remove fat deposits in close proximity to the abdominal muscles. Compared to traditional liposuction, this requires additional time and a higher degree of skill. Finally, the incisions will be closed using stitches. 

How Long is HD Lipo Recovery?

After your HD Lipo procedure, your surgeon will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions, as well as any necessary prescriptions for pain relief, to ensure you have the most comfortable recovery possible. 

In general, most patients feel able to recommence light daily activities one week after surgery, including a return to work. After 2-3 weeks, patients are typically able to resume more strenuous exercise. 

Finally, you will be required to wear a compression garment for the first six weeks after surgery. This will help to reduce post-surgical swelling and further contour the abdomen. In addition, you may also wish to undergo lymphatic drainage massages to manage swelling and promote the body’s natural healing process. 

When Do You See Abdominal Etching Results?

Immediately after your procedure, you will have a notably flatter and more contoured abdomen as the excess pockets of fat will have been permanently removed. 

However, you must wait until all post-surgical swelling has dissipated to realise the full effect of your abdominal etching procedure, which can take up to 6-12 weeks. After this, you will be able to enjoy the final results of your newly taut tummy.

Liposuction vs. HD Lipo

HD Lipo and traditional forms of liposuction are similar in regard to the requirements and preparation for the procedure and the general recovery timeline. 

Traditional LiposuctionHD Lipo
ResultsSculpts and contours the abdomenAdds more definition to the muscle curvatures of the abdomen
PrecisionGeneral enhancementEnhances the intricate detail of the abdominal muscles
Surgery Time1 hour (abdomen)1.5 hours (abdomen)+50% additional time per area
BMI Requirements35 or lowerLower BMI needed to see detailed results
CostFrom £4,500+£1,500 per area of liposuction

Abdominal Etching FAQ

Is abdominal etching permanent?

The fat cells targeted during abdominal etching are permanently removed from the body. However, patients must maintain a stable weight through diet and exercise to prevent remaining fat cells from swelling, upsetting the natural proportions of the body. <br><br>At the CREO Clinic, we offer a nutritionist service to help patients maximise their abdominal etching procedure and ensure results are maintained in the long term through appropriate weight management. 

How much is HD Lipo?

At the CREO Clinic, the cost of HD Lipo is dependent on the number of areas treated. Typically, HD Lipo costs an additional £1,500 per area of liposuction. 

Is HD Lipo safe?

Although every cosmetic procedure carries some degree of risk, HD Lipo is generally considered to be a safe procedure. During a consultation, any potential risk factors will be discussed in depth to determine your individual suitability for surgery. 

Is abdominal etching worth it?

Abdominal etching is a popular cosmetic procedure that can help patients achieve a defined abdomen free from stubborn fat. Overall, this can help patients to address aesthetic concerns, feel more confident in form-fitting clothing and improve their quality of life. <br><br>For these reasons, many patients consider abdominal etching to be a worthwhile procedure.

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