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Six-Pack Surgery:
From Puffy to Buff
By JACOB GOLDSTEIN
October 30, 2007

Despite spending a few years in Miami, land of cosmetic surgery, the Health Blog hadn't heard of doctors carving out the washboard abs that some old-fashioned guys still get by following grueling exercise routines.

So we couldn't help but notice these before and after pictures among the studies being presented this week at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons' annual conference. The technique, called abdominal etching, is a kind of precision liposuction. The doc sucks out the fat that's standing between the patient and, if everything goes well, the six-pack.


The suction six-pack costs between $4,000 and $7,000 and is only suitable for certain patients, Aldo Benjamin Guerra, the Arizona plastic surgeon who authored the abstract, told us. "I probably turn down about twice as many patients as I work on," he said. "You have to have a certain amount of fat. If you have too little or too much you're not going to get the definition."

The magic number, he said, is one to two centimeters of pinchable belly fat. Patients also have to be in good physical shape, and if they've already dropped a lot of weight, they'll probably have too much extra skin for the procedure to work.

The technique has been around for more than a decade, but abdominal etching has never really taken off, Guerra said. One reason, he thinks, is because it's more popular among men, who tend to be in the minority of cosmetic surgery patients. You'd also have to really, really want flashy abs to go through the whole process.

The procedure takes an hour or two. But pain can persist for days afterward. Swelling can last for weeks or even months. (The after picture was taken a little over a year after the surgery.) And there can be complications, such as infection and bleeding.

Guerra's paper looked at the experience of 32 patients. Several had post-operative complications. Six of them had a buildup of fluid known as seroma, which can be drained with a needle. Three had scarring serious enough for Guerra to give them a shot of cortisone. And two patients needed a second surgical procedure to get the desired results.

Eighty-six percent of the patients were satisfied with the results
 

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i bet they feel fake too all squishy like instead of hard
 

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Gross. Just imagine what happens when the guy will get fat again.
 

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Talk about people with low self esteem. Thats like a chick going in for a boob job or lypo.
 

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i dont understand synthol use, doesnt look anywhere close to real or normal. makes me want to puke. ugh.
 

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My mom is a nurse and has worked for a plastic surgeon for year. They do this type of surgery all the time on me. I think the picture shown is not a good example of the type of patients they usually get. From what I hear they usually get bodybuilders with a little definition that need help getting rid of the last bit of fat. The guy in the pic looks like he has a little gut and I"m sure that's why the results look un-natural.
 

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It looks like a turtle shell is under his skin. LOL I bet this guy has a penile inplant also. :rolleyes
 

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Talk about people with low self esteem. Thats like a chick going in for a boob job or lypo.
Your comment doesnt make sense. You look down on a woman wanting to get a boob job but you dont mind dating one. Did you express your thoughts on her low self asteem before or after sex?
 

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All I can think of is how frigin painful that is!! After I lost all my weight and knew I was able to maintain it (I waited years)...I had some cosmetic surgery done (Which I am open about). I had a full tummy tuck, breast reduction and lift and my arms done...let me tell you..I didn't stand straight for a month! I was hunched over like an old person. They went in and tightened all of my stomach muscles by stitching them down...It was crazy. I had 200 stitches in my stomach alone, and was very uncomfortable for almost a full month. I also lost all feeling at the surgery site for 6 months...and that was bizarre.

I did my surgery more for reconstruction because of weight loss than for vanity. I can't even imagine subjecting my body to what I did just because I was a lazy ass and didn't wanna change my lifestyle and work my ass off at the gym. As soon as I had the ok from my Doc..I was back in the gym!

Oh...and the expense...let's just say I could have a brand new Duc for what I spent. Although..I will never regret my surgery... It turned out great! :)

The before and after pictures are remarkable..

Nicole
 
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