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What Is Abdominal Etching (Ab Etching)?

Learn about abdominal etching, also known as ab etching, from plastic surgeon Robert J. Morin, M.D. in this Howcast video.

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We're explaining abdominal etching and what that term commonly means is liposuction is used on a patient's abdomen or stomach in a way in which the abdominal muscles are recreated by contouring the fatty tissue on the abdominal wall.

So, by removing fatty tissue in certain locations and leaving fatty tissue in other locations, a surgeon is able to give the appearance of underlying abdominal muscles even though those abdominal muscles are not really showing and may or may not actually exist. Personally, i don't perform this procedure because I believe that a better alternative to that would be to get rid of as much of the fatty tissue as possible and then have my patient exercise in order to build up the abdominal muscles post-operatively in order to have a more realistic and natural result.

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