Abdominal etching

Dr. Sean Satey specializes in transforming abdomens through precise abdominal etching surgery. With meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to delivering natural-looking results, we sculpt and define the abdominal muscles to help you achieve the toned physique you desire. Learn more about Abdominal Etching: Procedure, Cost, Recovery, and More below.

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Male Ab Definition

The key to a successful male abdominal etching procedure is to ensure that you accurately identify and highlight the underlying anatomy.

A common misconception is that the “muscles” at the end of the procedure are “fake.”

This, in fact, is not true.

The key of the surgery is to remove enough fat to highlight and bring the underlying muscles to life.

As such, the key steps of the procedure are identifying your rectus abdominis inscriptions, semilunaris lines, and linea alba. In addition, identifying and highlighting your serratus muscles on your lateral chest. The goal is to create a natural, yet athletic look.

This is made possible by VASER assisted liposculpting and a skilled surgeon.

A key complement to this procedure is masculinization of the male chest and arms.

Are Abdominal etching results permanent?

The short answer is YES!

A key procedural step with abdominal etching is the use of VASER assisted liposculpting. This allows me to maximally remove fat and highlight the natural abdominal musculature!

Prior to your abdominal etching procedure, you’ll have some work to do- crunches and leg lifts. These will allow your rectus muscles to really delineate themselves which will make your surgery more successful!

What happens if you gain wait after surgery?

We maximally remove the subcutaneous fat (between the skin and muscles) as a part of the procedure. The fat that remains is the visceral fat- below your abdominal muscles and around your internal organs. Unfortunately, we can’t address the visceral fat with lipo. What may happen is that you may increase your abdominal girth. To get rid of it, you’ll need to diet and exercise!

Female Ab Definition

The key to female abdominal etching is to highlight the underlying natural anatomy!

The rectus abdominal muscles- which help define the “packs”- are either 4-pack muscles or 6-pack muscles. What allows these rectus muscles to stand out are areas of natural depressions where the muscles fade and become solely connective tissue. These are as are known as inscriptions. In addition, there are two vertical counterparts- the Linea Alba and Semilunar Lines.

The Linea Alba spans the midline- starting from the inferior (or bottom) portion of the chest (or sternum) and spans to the level of the umbilicus (or belly button).

The two complementing lines on either side of the Linea Alba are the Semilunar Lines. These help define the borders of the rectus abdominus muscles, and span from the bottom of the breast (inframammary crease) at the level of the areola/nipple line down to the groin creases.

The Linea Alba and Semilunar Lines help define a toned, athletic abdomen.

Abdominal etching is performed through meticulous VASER assisted liposculpting!

Waistline narrowing

Waistline narrowing involves the maximal removal of fat from the waist line and love handles! It’s peformed differently for males and females. The proper aesthetics of a male patient is more of a “V” shape whereas the female counterpart is a “S” shape.

Depending on the degree of skin laxity, redundancy, and adiposity (or fat), we have two options:

  1.  VASER assisted liposculpting with Renuvion J plasma skin tightening
  2. Lateral thigh and buttock tuck with/without VASER assisted liposculpting

Keeping proper aesthetics in mind, I am able to sculpt the abdomen, flanks and waist using the assistance of VASER.

VASER allows for the adipocytes (or fat cells) to transform into a more liquified state through the use of ultrasound guided technology. After VASER, I then evacuate the fat through liposuctioning. This is then followed by Renuvion J plasma or BodyTite skin tightening.

If you have a lot of loose/redundant skin and fat, you may require a lateral thigh and buttock tuck which will remove the bulk of the tissue via an incision that will definite the shape of the buttock.

We often times will perform a concurrent BBL (Brazilian Buttock Lift) at this time as well.


Recovery times vary, but most patients can expect to return to light activities within a week and resume more strenuous activities within four to six weeks. Following post-operative instructions and wearing compression garments as advised can help optimize healing and enhance results.
Dr. Sean Satey utilizes advanced techniques to minimize scarring, typically placing incisions strategically within natural creases or areas easily concealed by clothing. Over time, scars tend to fade and become less noticeable, resulting in a more discreet enhancement.
While abdominal etching is effective for many individuals seeking enhanced muscle definition, it’s essential to undergo a thorough consultation with Dr. Satey to determine candidacy. Factors such as overall health, skin elasticity, and aesthetic goals will be considered to ensure the procedure aligns with your expectations and anatomical characteristics.
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