The Surgical Six Pack - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/4/03

The Surgical Six Pack

Stars like Janet Jackson work hard for that six pack look, but have you heard? You don't have to go through hundreds of sit ups every day to get that firm tight tummy, instead, some people are turning to surgery for a procedure called Abdominal Etching.

Dr. Bruce Nadler says that when he first started doing this procedure, most of the patients were either body builders or fitness competitors. But now, as soon as Janet Jackson shows off her abs, then that's the way to go. So, people who never even thought about having that defined look suddenly say that's what they want.

Sounds good, but here's what you need to know first. Abdominal Etching is really just a type of liposuction in which the doctor removes specific pockets of fat from the stomach, and it is effective when the person is already in pretty good shape but wants to get rid of some stubborn pockets of fat. However, Abdominal Etching is not a weight loss plan, and it is not a miracle worker for a flabby tummy.

Dr. Rob Schmid, a Lubbock plastic surgeon, told me on Tuesday that it's hard to sculpt a six pack that looks natural because you're really molding fat rather than muscle. So, if you're considering Abdominal Etching, you might want to get more than one opinion to determine what you really can expect from this procedure.

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