• Six pack surgery

These days many men strive to get that ever desirable six-pack and eight-pack abs. Six Pack surgery or abdominal etching takes liposuction to another level. The operation involves a sophisticated distinct detailing to the abdomen, which gives you Six-Packs. This procedure is a form of liposuction that involves removing fat from abdominal muscles and creating a resemblance of a washboard or six pack stomach. Abdominal etching, makes your stomach look firmer and more defined to contour your six-pack.

Eligibility

Factors considered for eligibility to the Six Pack Surgery include:

  • Good overall health.
  • No significant medical issues.
  • Physically fit and a solid muscle build.
  • Patients already in shape and have between one to two centimeters of ‘pinchable belly fat.’

However, this surgery is not suitable for patients with massive accumulation of fat that are seeking to reduce their belly fat significantly or reduce their weight, because the quanity of fat removed during the surgery is relatively small. A traditional liposuction rather than the six pack operation is more suitable for them.

Surgery Techniques

  1. Abdominal Etching

This procedure involves, selectively removing a tiny quantity of fat enclosing the patient’s inherent muscular curves and shape, or sculpting the abdomen to form a athletic silhouette. It’s a modern procedure that makes use of a unique cannula to form and curve fat pads in the abdomen. This provides patients with a flat stomach giving the Six or Eight Pack abdomen look.

  1. Liposuction on Love handles and back to improve abdominal shape.
  2. Lipo-Injection

Lipo-Injection is liposuction of excess fat, which is reinjected back into the muscles to provide a perfect outcome.

Pre-Operation
  1. Pre-operation Consultation
  • Consideration of liposuction area by the doctor.
  • Patient informs the doctor of any medical condition before getting the operation.
  1. Pre-operation Preparation
  • Patients will get a general medical check-up.
  • The surgeon is informed about your medical history, e.g. history of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and drug allergies.
  • Two weeks before getting the operation, patients are advised to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, smoking, and taking of supplements which can cause anticoagulation.
  • Patients will be required to shower before the operation.
  • Hypertension patients will need to control their blood pressure to be under 140/99 mm Hg before having the operation.
  • Patients should prepare to stay in Thailand for two weeks before the operation.
  • Due to blood loss during surgery, patients with heart disease are not supposed to get a high volume of liposuction.
The Procedure

Before the surgery, the surgeon will draw an outline of the person’s abdominal muscles to serve as a guide during the surgery. The doctor administers General anesthesia. The doctor then makes small incisions (0.5cm), from the belly button by following the inborn creases on the abdomen. The doctor then inserts a small metal tube (cannula), underneath the skin. The surgeon then gets rid of unwanted fat together with the lines sketched  by the doctor using the liposuction technique while at the same time shaping the abs into the coveted contours. Some patients may need lipo-injection for the perfect outcome. Once the surgeon concludes the procedure, sutures may or may not be required for the incisions which usually measure a quarter of an inch long.

Post Operation
  1. How To Take care of Yourself
  • Patients will need rest for 1-2 days in the hospital.
  • Patients should take a lot of water and fiber to avoid constipation.
  • One will be expected to follow full drug prescription except for medications that fall under the aspirin group.
  • If the patient is in no pain, early ambulation will be needed.
  • There will be no high-intensity abs workout and exercise for four weeks after the procedure.
  • Patients will only take a shower ten days after the procedure where they can be able to dry the incision decently.
  • Patients will not drink or smoke for 2weeks after the surgery.
  • The surgeon removes the stitches after 5-7 days post surgery.
  • Patients are advised to take a lot of rest at least for 3-5 days, after the operation.
  • Patients can resume driving after they stop taking painkillers
  • Full recovery will be expected 8-12 weeks after surgery.
  1. Incision Care
  • Signs of dark red blood clots should be reported to the office immediately.
  • An amount of swelling will appear for the first three days, which will then reduce and have some bruising for around two weeks.
  • Full recovery will be in 3 months’ time
  • A compressive garment used during surgery should be worn throughout for 4-6 weeks and only removed when taking a shower.