About Abdominal Sculpting
A toned stomach can typically be obtained through a nutritious diet plan and exercise, but "washboard" abs are extremely hard and in some cases impossible for everybody to get. If you would like a defined stomach with a visible "six-pack," board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael J. Brown performs ab sculpting at his practice in Ashburn, VA. An extremely refined liposculpture technique, abdominal etching may be helpful to remove small quantities of stubborn fat from your belly and define your abs. Schedule an appointment at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery to find out more information on ab sculpting.
"Doctor brown is absolutely amazing. His staff is always polite, informative, and helpful. Doctor Brown takes his time on each client which I love. He knows exactly how to achieve what I want each time I go."- M.B. / Yelp / Jul 19, 2019
"Dr. Brown and all the staff are amazing. I have so many questions about my procedure and they took their time to answer all of them. After surgery they also were very patience and caring. Dr. Brown make sure that I was happy with the results. He likes his work to be perfect which is what I wanted it."- M.G. / Yelp / Jan 18, 2020
"I would highly recommend Dr. Brown if you’re considering plastic surgery. Dr. Brown was recommended to me 20 years ago by another plastic surgeon’s nurse. That in itself spoke volumes. Immediately upon meeting him, I knew I found the right doctor to perform my breast implant surgery. He was caring, knowledgeable, and made me feel comfortable with the entire process. Mostly I felt his passion for his work. I sensed he truly loved his profession and had set his bar very high to give the best and most natural results. My own expectations were exceeded from the care I was given prior to, during and after my procedure. My breast implants were a success and Dr. Brown gave me exactly what I wanted. I was super pleased with the results. I recommended my sister and roommate to Dr. Brown for breast augmentation and they were also very happy with their results. About 8 months later I had some medical questions regarding a separate health issue. I reached out to Dr. Brown for advice. He spent so much time talking with me. What stood out and resonated with me, was he offered to talk to other medical professionals on my behalf to translate what I didn’t understand. He went above and beyond. Fast forward 20 years and 2 kids later, my breasts were still looking great but I wanted to exchange them for silicone. I also wanted to tighten the skin and remove the bulge above my cesarean section scar. I now live in New York and traveled down to Virginia to consult with him. I was greeted by his nurse, Amber. She wears many hats and is present from start to finish. It relieves a lot of stress when you have that one person to correspond with during such big decision and process as this. I’m impressed with her involvement on so many levels. Amber is a gem for his practice and they compliment each other making them a dynamic team. She’s in constant contact with me and super caring and interested. I wished I lived closer because I think we would be great friends. That’s how they make you feel at the Loudon Center for Plastic Surgery. My consult with Dr. Brown was everything I expected it to be. His warmth was evenly matched with my memories. Together, we had a plan to address my concerns. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of some procedures to treat my abdomen that were minimally invasive. My dates were set and when I arrived to my appointment I was happy that Dr. Brown’s surgical center was convenient and private. A hospital setting can’t compare to the personal care you receive there. Now I know how Beyonce felt when she reserved the entire maternity floor to deliver her baby. His operating room staff to include Clint and Angela were fantastic providing me comfort before, during and after my procedure. They not only made me feel physically at ease but emotionally as well. They constantly assured me everything was going to be great. I’m one week out and my results are awesome. I have a lot of healing ahead of me in the weeks to come but can tell it’s going to be a vast improvement. I’m so grateful for having Dr. Brown as my plastic surgeon. I can only hope he will never retire. I recommend him to anyone and everyone, near or far. His precision and expertise is priceless and any distance is worth giving your only body the best it deserves."- K.O. / Google / Jan 18, 2020
"Dr. Brown and all the staff are amazing. I have so many questions about my procedure and they took their time to answer all of them. After surgery they also were very patience and caring. Dr...."- M.G. / Yahoo / Jan 18, 2020
"I normally don’t take the time to write a review but due to how difficult it was for me to make the decision on cosmetic surgery coupled with deciding on which doctor and team to trust, I feel compelled to share my experience with others. Dr. Brown and his team are absolutely incredible. I had so many questions and concerns leading up to my surgery. Dr. Brown, Amber and Melissa answered every single one, eased my nerves and made me comfortable every step of the way including the day of surgery. During my recovery, Dr. Brown and Amber were always available for any questions and concerns I had. They all have been wonderful and I am truly pleased with the results and exceptional service provided. Thank you all for taking such good care of me and I highly recommend Dr. Brown and team!"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / Dec 18, 2019
Abdominal Sculpting Ideal Candidates
At your consultation, Dr. Brown will evaluate your body to ascertain whether you're a good candidate to get abdominal sculpting. To be a good candidate for ab etching, you should be in a healthy weight range but with stubborn areas of fat covering your abdominal muscles. You should have a low body fat percentage (preferably below 20%) and also have attempted to improve your core using a high-protein diet, regular exercise, and stomach muscle training. Due to hormones, genetics, or pregnancy, you might naturally be unable to get washboard abs.
Abdominal Sculpting Surgical Technique
Dr. Brown performs ab etching as an outpatient surgery in a licensed surgical facility with you under anesthesia. Throughout the 1 – 2-hour procedure, Dr. Brown will create one or more small incisions so he can insert a hollow tube (cannula) to vacuum out fatty tissue. Dr. Brown normally uses liposculpture methods to loosen and take out fat, but he might also utilize Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) to get a more defined result. Dr. Brown will etch the outline of the rectus muscle and the midline linea alba. In order to give you a six-pack, he can also etch the horizontal lines and transverse inscriptions. When the fat is liposuctioned and the stomach muscles are completely defined, Dr. Brown will close the incisions using stitches.
What to Expect with Abdominal Sculpting
After the surgery, you'll be put in a compression garment to minimize swelling and bruising, which should diminish in roughly a couple of weeks. You will feel mild discomfort, but you may feel well enough to go back to work in 5 – 7 days and get back to working out in three weeks. Dr. Brown does his best to put the tiniest incisions in your stomach's natural creases so the scars are hard to see when completely healed. Dr. Brown or a member of his staff will give you scar care directions that will help your incisions heal properly.
Abdominal Sculpting Frequently Asked Questions
How much does abdominal sculpting cost?
The price of an abdominal sculpting procedure will be dependent on your existing shape and your desired results. In your consultation at our facility, Dr. Brown will understand your goals and concerns in order to create a procedure plan that is tailored to you. We can then provide you with information on your out-of-pocket costs and the payment methods we offer at our practice.
Will I experience scarring?
Since abdominal sculpting is a minimally invasive procedure, the incisions are also minimal. During the procedure, Dr. Brown will create a small incision that is used to insert the cannula near the belly button or along the natural crease in the abdomen. Our team will also be able to provide you with aftercare instructions to help you heal properly with minimal scarring.
Can I combine with another treatment?
Yes, abdominal sculpting can be combined with additional aesthetic treatments to create desired results. During your consultation, we will be able to recommend any other procedures that may yield more optimal outcomes. We may also be able to suggest nonsurgical treatments that can enhance your results without additional downtime.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,500 - $6,000
- Return to Work
- 3 Days
- Surgery Time
- 1.5 Hours
- Follow Ups
- 5 Days, 1 Month, 1 Year
Reveal Your Six-Pack
However much time you work on your core, you might not be able to obtain a defined stomach naturally. Abdominal sculpting at The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery liposuctions the stubborn fat from your stomach and etches the muscle lines so that you will have a six-pack. If you have tried exercise and diet but are still fighting to have visible muscles, then schedule an appointment with plastic surgeon Dr. Brown at his practice in Ashburn, VA to find out more about abdominal sculpting.