Introduction to Abdominal Etching

You’ve worked hard to achieve a toned body, and having a 6-pack is often the pinnacle for many people. Unfortunately, as we age and fatty deposits in our body make themselves a permanent fixture, diet and exercise don’t always achieve the abdominal appearance we’d like. We understand how frustrating this can be and help many patients overcome this with a procedure to help sculpt and shape their stomach called Abdominal Etching. Michael Keyes, M.D., at Celebrity Plastics in Miami, FL can give you that magazine cover look you’ve been wanting to achieve, making you the envy of Miami.

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What is Abdominal Etching?

Abdominal etching is a type of liposuction procedure. Like traditional liposuction, abdominal etching uses a suction technique to remove fat deposits from underneath your skin. What makes abdominal etching unique are the results that it aims to achieve. Instead of removing fat from your midsection with the simple goal of a slimmer appearance, abdominal etching removes fat deposits in an advanced and strategic way.

This type of liposuction molds and shapes your abdominal wall so that your ab muscles look more prominent. The fat deposits that cover your abdominal muscles are carefully carved off your body, using small incisions usually based around your belly button.

Abdominal Etching for Men

We know that men’s bodies are different from women’s. When you come to see Dr. Keyes for your abdominal etching procedure, he will tailor his technique when working on the male body. Men’s muscles as well as fat content develop quite differently than women’s. Dr. Keyes uses a careful balance of contouring and liposuction to give a natural, lean, muscular look for male abdominal etching procedures.

What are the benefits of Abdominal Etching?

Abdominal etching can offer a range of benefits, that go beyond traditional liposuction procedures, especially in the midsection area:

  • Visible Six-Pack: By removing the excess fat deposits around the abdominal muscles, this procedure can provide visible muscle definition and contours.
  • Slimmer Mid-Section: The “V-shape” is a sought-after look, and with abdominal etching, Dr. Keyes can help taper areas of your waist to achieve that appearance.
  • Reduction in Fatty Deposits on Your Stomach That Are Hard to Shed With Age: When stubborn fat sticks around, it doesn’t matter how much you work out or what you eat. This treatment can permanently eliminate those fat cells.
  • Confidence to Wear Clothes That Display Your Abs: When you feel good about yourself, you look better. Abdominal etching can improve your self-image and give you the courage to be proud showing off your stomach.

Everyone has different goals in mind for their abdominal etching, and you must talk to Dr. Keyes to learn how his surgical expertise can help you attain yours.

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Who are the Best Candidates for the Abdominal Etching Procedure?

Abdominal etching can benefit men and women. We all want to look fit and healthy. Six-packs are not just for men! However, Abdominal etching is not a weight loss solution. The idea is to work with your existing muscle structure to help define what is being hidden beneath stubborn fat and excess skin. If you have tried multiple ways to define your abs without luck, you might be a great candidate for abdominal etching.

What’s the First Step?

The first step on the road to achieving your ideal abs is to schedule a consultation session. During this session, Dr. Keyes will explain what abdominal etching involves. He will assess your desired outcomes and determine whether you are the right candidate for this procedure. Your consultation session is also your opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you have. Upon completion of the assessment, Dr. Keyes will be able to confirm the price for your surgery.

What to Expect on the Day of Abdominal Etching Surgery

On the day of your abdominal etching surgery, you will arrive at the clinic and complete the paperwork. From there, we will take you into the procedure room, where Dr. Keyes will administer anesthesia. After talking you through the process of the surgery, Dr. Keyes will begin making small, strategic incisions near your belly button to remove the fat and sculpt your abs.

The surgery generally takes one hour, but this may vary depending on each patient.

Procedure timeline


The first step to getting your abdominal etching surgery is to contact Celebrity Plastics and schedule a consultation through our patient coordinator.


The first step on the road to defined abs is to book a consultation with Dr. Keyes, who will go over the process of the procedure, evaluate your health and medical history, and examine your midsection. Dr. Keyes likes to give his patients all the information they need to make an informed decision about surgery.

Pre-operative preparation

You will be provided with instructions for pre-operative preparation, such as avoiding certain medications and arranging for someone to assist with transportation after the surgery. We encourage our patients to have prescriptions filled before surgery so they can focus on a peaceful recovery.


On the day of the surgery, you will be given anesthesia and Dr. Keyes will focus on the midsection during the abdominal etching procedure. He will make a small incision from the belly button, using strategic techniques to remove the fat and define the muscles. The whole procedure generally takes an hour, but this can vary depending on the amount of work needed.


Recovery from abdominal etching can take a few weeks to just over a month. Patients should follow Dr Keyes’ post-operative care instructions, take prescribed pain medications, and avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks.

Post-operative appointments

Post-operative appointments after abdominal etching are important to monitor healing progress. Follow-up appointments are necessary to monitor healing progress, and most patients can resume normal activities within 4-6 weeks but should avoid high-impact activities for several months.

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Abdominal Etching Recovery

Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Keyes will give you important information regarding the recovery process. This information will include any medication he recommends to minimize pain and discomfort during your healing process. After getting abdominal etching surgery, it is important to refrain from strenuous activities, especially those that focus on the mid-section, so that the incisions can heal properly.

For most patients, healing can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. Everybody heals differently, but by following the advice of Dr. Keyes, you will begin to see the impressive results you have been waiting for.

Every surgery can cause some post-op swelling, which is why we encourage our patients to consider lymphatic drainage to help reduce any discomfort and minimize swelling. The lymphatic system is a pivotal part of your body’s defense mechanism and consists of a network of vessels and nodes continuously working to maintain your body’s health. The fluid transported by this system is called lymph and it carries immune cells, proteins, hormones, toxins, and fatty acids, which are then processed by the lymph nodes. After the “shock” of surgery, your lymphatic system tends to decrease the efficiency of lymph production, which can result in inflammation and other health issues. By practicing manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD), you will be stimulating the flow of lymph which speeds up the removal of toxins from your body.

Another important aspect of your recovery that you will need to adhere to for the best results is post-operative compression therapy. After surgery, the body attempts to naturally protect itself from trauma through inflammation or edema (too much fluid trapped in the body’s tissues). Wearing a compression bandage in the early healing phase may improve the rehabilitation process by dramatically reducing edema and increasing blood flow to supply healing nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. The optimal duration of compression therapy can vary between weeks, months, and even long-term based on the surgery.

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How Much Does Abdominal Etching Cost in Miami, FL?

The cost of Abdominal Etching in Miami will vary on numerous factors, but the best way to learn how much your experience will be is to come in for a consultation. Dr. Keyes makes this determination during your consultation and assessment, as well as your desired outcomes. Once the assessment is complete, Dr. Keyes will confirm a price with you. We do offer financing options to all of our patients.

Why Choose Dr. Keyes?

People come to see Dr. Keyes for his skill as a plastic and cosmetic surgeon. He is a favorite among many celebrity clients in Miami. But it is not just celebrities. Dr. Keyes is a master at giving all his patients, famous or not, the body they desire with techniques and procedures that allow you to feel like a million dollars. Our calm and elegant clinic design will make you feel at home, as we know getting surgery is a big decision. Dr. Keyes and his staff treat every patient like family and work to ensure you feel comfortable and happy with your results.

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