Get the Abs You Want

Hi-def abdominal etching is a great option for those who are already fit but are having trouble achieving the defined abdominal muscles they’re aiming for. This most often happens because of genes or age, which is where hi-def abdominal etching can help. 

What is Hi-Def Abdominal Etching?

Hi-def abdominal etching is a procedure that removes fat in a specific way in order to make the natural grooves of the abdominal wall more visible—thereby making your “six pack” more obvious. This procedure is done using tiny incisions that are usually made around the navel. Sometimes (depending on the patient), we can also remove fat from the sides of the body to slim and tone the overall midsection.

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Liposuction vs. Hi-Def Abdominal Etching

What makes hi-def abdominal etching different from traditional liposuction is the fact that abdominal etching brings out your abdominal muscles. Because of this, it’s considered a body sculpting procedure as well as a fat removal procedure, whereas traditional liposuction is only a fat removal procedure. Therefore, those who are interested in removing more body fat may only need liposuction. If you’re not quite sure which procedure is best for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us so that we can assess your body and aesthetic goals to determine the ideal procedure for you.

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Before the Procedure

  • Stop taking blood-thinning medications (for two weeks before)
  • Stop smoking (for two months before)
  • Make sure you have a ride home from your procedure 

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What to Expect During a Hi-Def Abdominal Etching Procedure

Hi-def abdominal etching is done with the patient under either local or general anesthesia. (This will be discussed during your consultation.) Before the treatment begins, your surgeon will mark your skin. This acts as a blueprint to help guide them. 

Your surgeon will create small incisions within your abdomen (usually at the navel). A saline solution will enter through these incisions so that the fatty layer is expanded. This saline solution both numbs the area and shrinks the blood vessels. This will keep you comfortable and also help with blood loss and bruising.

After this, a special probe is inserted through the incisions which delivers ultrasonic energy, gently breaking up the fat from the connective tissue as soon as the probe touches the fat. This helps the fat to be removed easily from the nerves and blood vessels without damaging anything else around it. This special probe works to remove fat all along the abdominal muscle lines, “carving out” the natural six-pack muscles underneath. Once your surgeon has finished etching your abs, the incisions will be closed and the area will be wrapped with a compression garment. The procedure takes 1-3 hours.


  • Patients typically need one week of recovery time
  • Compression garment must be worn for 4-6 weeks
  • Expect bruising, swelling, and/or discomfort
  • Side effects may include discolored or bumpy skin, fluid accumulation, headache, and nerve/blood vessel damage
  • Incisions may have some discharge
  • Avoid exercise completely for five days 
  • Avoid intense exercise for one month 


  • As swelling subsides, your new six-pack will be revealed 
  • Expect final results at 3-6 months 
  • Continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly
  • Results are long-lasting as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle
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Candidates for Hi-Def Abdominal Etching

  • Are not taking any medications that increase the risk of bleeding
  • Do not have anemia or any other bleeding disorders
  • Are struggling to achieve the six-pack abs they want
  • Maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly 
  • Have a fairly muscular stomach
  • Have healthy muscle and skin tone
  • Are non-smokers in general good health, with a strong immune system
  • Fully understand the procedure and recovery process
  • Have realistic expectations for what abdominal etching can accomplish

Why Choose Beautify at AMS?

Beautify at AMS is a full-range medical spa and board-certified plastic surgery center in Chicago offering both local and international patients a wide array of cosmetic services. Our practice offers a one-stop shop where individuals can meet their aesthetic goals and have a great experience. We are results-focused, and we pride ourselves on treating all patients like family. To us, it is priceless when a patient looks in the mirror and likes what they see. If you’re considering hi-def abdominal etching to get six-pack abs, contact us to set up your consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

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