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Abdominal Etching Surgery for Men

Abdominal Etching or Six-pack surgery is a procedure to enhance the contours and aesthetics of the abdomen. Ab etching is particularly famous and common among men because of the six-pack fitness trend. The surgery involves removing unwanted fat from the abdomen and giving sculpted and toned abs. Abdominal etching helps reveal the muscles hidden underneath a layer of fat cells on the abdomen. Many men find it hard to lose fat from the abdomen no matter how hard they train in the gym and how much weight they lose. This is when abdominal etching can be beneficial for many fitness and sports enthusiasts.

The number of men opting for minimally invasive cosmetic surgeries has gone up by 76% since 2000. Abdominal Etching is a popular body contouring surgery among men for washboard and well-defined ab muscles, popularly known as six-pack abs. Turkey hosts approximately 1.2 million Europeans annually who visit for different medical procedures.

Also known as six-pack surgery, abdominal etching is a procedure to remove unwanted fat from the abdomen. It helps remove that stubborn layer of fat on the abdomen that restricts muscular definition. It is especially beneficial for men who work hard in the gym and eat right but still cannot see those washboard abs. It is a minimally invasive procedure and does not require patients to stay in the hospital for days.

It is crucial to keep in mind that abdominal etching is not a weight loss procedure. It is a body-contouring surgery that enhances the aesthetics of your abdomen. Generally, men who train every day and already have muscle tone benefit the most from ab etching. Patients can prolong the results of abdominal etching by eating healthy and exercising consistently. The results may alter with time due to aging or weight gain.

The average cost of an abdominal etching procedure is $3000 to $10,000. Treatment from an experienced and board-certified doctor may cost around $6000 to $12,000. This cost only covers the procedure while other expenses such as hospital costs and medication expenses may cost extra. The cost of this procedure varies from country to country. Turkey is one of the few countries that offers reasonable prices for aesthetic surgeries. Typically, the prices quoted remain the same, and no additional charges to the bill without informing the patient. The average cost of abdominal etching in Turkey is 70% to 80% lower than in other countries. Abdominal etching in Turkey costs $3000 to $8000 including hospital expenses.

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Who is an ideal candidate for Abdominal Etching?

Six-pack surgery or ab etching is a body-contouring surgery suitable only for certain people. You are an ideal candidate for abdominal etching if:
  1. You are 18 years of age.
  2. You are not a smoker or a regular drinker.
  3. You are fit and go to the gym 4-5 days a week.
  4. You are in good health and approximately 20% of your ideal weight.
  5. You are concerned about how your abdomen looks.
  6. You work hard in the gym but still see no difference in your abdominal muscles.
  7. Your abdominal skin is elastic and not loose.

How does abdominal etching work?

Abdominal etching is a quick procedure that lasts for an hour or two. It is an outpatient procedure so you only stay in the hospital for a few hours rather than days. It involves the following steps:

The surgeon administers general or local anesthesia according to what the patient asks for. It is decided mutually before the surgery. General anesthesia sedates the entire body while local anesthesia only numbs the part the doctor is operating on.

The surgeon then makes several tiny incisions around the navel within the natural contours of the abdomen. These incisions serve as ports from where fat cells are removed.

Most surgeons prefer ultrasound-assisted liposuction nowadays because it is a less invasive procedure. The most popular ultrasound lipo device known as VASER helps release fat cells from the surrounding tissues. The fat cells are then separated and suctioned out through the lipo cannula. The surgeon suctions as much fat as needed for the muscles underneath to be visible.

After liposuction, the surgeon closes the incisions with stitches and puts a compression garment on the stomach. The compression garment helps reduce swelling and protects the incisions.      

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What are the benefits of coming to Turkey for an Abdominal Etching procedure?

Turkey offers a wide range of benefits and perks, particularly if you are coming for medical treatment. Here are factors that give Turkey an edge over other nations for medical treatments:

One of the benefits of coming to Turkey for medical treatment is that you do not have to deal with long visa queues. Most foreigners, particularly Europeans can enter Turkey without a visa and just with a valid ID card. It saves a lot of time and you can plan your trip without any hassle and worries.

The Turkish Health Ministry announced VAT exemption for foreigners who visit Turkey for medical treatment in 2018. It is a state incentive to boost medical tourism in Turkey and to provide convenience to foreign patients. Therefore, medical treatments are free of tax if you are a foreigner coming to Turkey for medical treatment.

Turkey offers a well-established medical tourism sector that thrives due to a web of hospitals, clinics, and agencies that meticulously plan every aspect of your journey. Travel packages for medical tourism cover everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and other important aspects. In 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total profit earned so far in 2023 by the medical tourism sector in Turkey is $1,033,942.

Another perk of coming to Turkey is that you don’t have to wait for months or years for your appointment. Despite receiving hundreds and thousands of patients every season, every patient is given the same level of attention and care. The appointment process is fast and hassle-free.

A staggering 1.2 million Europeans visit Turkey for various for tourism. Additionally, the costs of medical procedures here are substantially lower, often up to 80% less, than in other nations. Therefore, you not only receive the best medical care but also get to explore a new country.

Turkey’s renowned metropolitan city, Istanbul is a popular transit destination. It is convenient to find flight connections to almost anywhere in the world from Istanbul. Furthermore, most flights from European countries to Istanbul are only 3 hours long. Therefore, you can find a sense of ease in traveling to Turkey as you can easily find a flight back home.

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What is the process of booking your appointment in Turkey?

If you are considering Turkey for an abdominal etching procedure, here is a step-by-step guide on how to book an appointment for the treatment:

Step 1: Get in touch with our representative and share your details

The first step to start the process is reaching out to us and sharing your information. One of our team members will take down your details including your contact details and medical history. Here are the tests our representative will ask you to share with them via WhatsApp or email:

  1. A complete blood profile
  2. Chest X-ray
  3. Coagulation tests
  4. BMP (Basic Metabolic Panel)

Step 2: Travelling to Turkey and Hospitalization

Once our doctors are satisfied with your test results, we will help you sort out your flight to Turkey and your itinerary.

It doesn’t matter which airport you land at we will be there to pick you up and take you to the hotel.

We will arrange your hotel transfers as well to make sure you are sorted throughout your trip.

Step 3: Pre-surgery Check-up

Once you arrive at the hotel, our doctors will welcome you and prepare you for certain tests.

Although we have asked you for certain tests before, our doctors run another set of tests to be safe.

The following tests will be performed before the surgery:

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. ECG Test

Step 4: Surgery

If the doctors are satisfied with your test results, they prepare you for the surgery.

On the day of the surgery, you are transferred to the hospital and welcomed by the staff at the hospital.

Step 5: Recovery

After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for a short while for doctors to monitor your condition.

This is just a preventative step to make sure you are recovering fine.

You may have to revisit after a few days for a follow-up appointment with the doctor.

Step 6: Hotel Transfer

Once you are given a go-ahead by your doctor, we will transfer you to your designated hotel.

The hotel provides a wide range of amenities and luxuries to make sure you are comfortable throughout your stay.

What services do our packages include?

Here is a complete list of services our packages include:

  1. Preliminary Tests
  2. Anesthesia Examination
  3. Initial Examination
  4. Female Abdominal Etching Surgery
  5. General Anesthesia or Local Anesthesia
  6. Post-surgery Examinations
  7. Post-surgery hospital stay
  8. VIP hotel and hospital transfers
  9. 3-5 days hotel accommodation

Abdominal Etching Recovery time: what happens after the surgery?

Patients must follow the doctor’s instructions for Abdominal Etching recovery. The recovery timeframe differs from patient to patient according to their age, health, and lifestyle. On average, the recovery period lasts from 4 weeks to 6 months. Here is what you can expect in the weeks after the surgery:

Week 1: The first week is a crucial period because you just went through surgery. You may struggle to get used to the changes and adjustments needed for a stable recovery. Your doctor will probably put you on an all-liquid diet for 2-3 days.

Although you can walk around in your house from time to time, any drastic movements are prohibited. You will also be asked to clean the surgical site twice a day including changing the dressing and bandages. Smoking and alcohol can delay healing so doctors specifically ask patients to stay away from them at least for the first 2 weeks. Doctors also advise patients to wear compression garments to reduce the swelling and to protect the incisions.

Week 2: The swelling does noticeably go down at this point in your recovery journey. You can start having normal food with semi-solid foods such as mashed vegetables, rice, pasta, etc. It is better to keep your diet lightweight and digestible at this point.

The doctor asks you to come for your follow-up appointment. Your stitches if they are not the dissolvable kind are removed at this point. Again, smoking and alcohol must be avoided. You can go back to work by this time and resume most of your everyday routine activities. It is important to report to your doctor if something feels unusual to you.

Week 3: Drastic improvement in the swelling may be seen by the third week. You can resume your everyday activities such as going to work and driving.

Week 4: Any swelling or pain subsides by this time. You can go back to your regular life and may also start working out if your doctor allows. It is important to stay in touch with your doctor throughout the healing journey so that there are no complications.

Long-term recovery: The full results of the surgery start to appear after 4 to 5 months. Most patients are expected to be in a fully recovered state by the 6th month. Weight maintenance is important for the results to last longer.

Can I get an abdominal etching in Istanbul?

A wide range of hospitals in Istanbul offer abdominal etching surgery.

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FAQ‘s Abdominal Etching for Male

Here are common queries about female abdominal etching:

The results of abdominal etching can last for a long time unless you lose skin elasticity due to age or drastic weight fluctuations.

Abdominal etching involves liposuction for the removal of excess fat cells from the abdomen. Fat removal allows the muscles hidden underneath to be visible while giving you the much-desired six-pack abs.

The results of abdominal etching can last for years if you maintain your weight consistently. Weight gain and skin elasticity changes may alter the results in the long run.

Abdominal etching is a low-risk and minimally invasive procedure. General or local anesthesia is given to patients during the surgery to numb the entire body or just the abdominal area. Slight discomfort can be expected during the recovery period but doctors prescribe painkillers to manage the pain at home.

It is possible to get abdominal etching with tummy tuck by liposuction.

Abdominal etching involves minimum incisions so scars are not that pronounced. The scars lighten and fade away with time.

You must be over the age of 18 for the surgery and physically fit to be eligible for the surgery. The surgery is more suitable for men with limited fat and more muscle mass in the abdomen.