Abdominal etching, or Ab etching, is a
plastic surgery procedure invented by Henry A. Mentz, III in
the early 1990s that uses a special cannula
to contour and shape abdominal fat pad to provide
patients with a flat stomach. The procedure selectively
removes a small amount of fat around
the patient's natural muscular contours and shapes the
abdomen to create a more athletic contour.
Prior to the procedure, the surgeon makes detailed
markings of the patient's flexed ab muscles and uses the
markings to remove fat and highlight the patient's
individual muscular structure. The procedure is suitable
for patients who are already in shape and who have between
one to two centimeters of "pinchable belly fat"; recovery
can be lengthy and complicated.
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In 1992 Dr. Mentz performed the first
athletic contoured liposuction in the US
and coined the operation 'Abdominal
Since then he has made multiple
presentations on the topic in the US and at
international conferences.Dr. Mentz
continues to improve this operation to
provide better results.
The operation is performed by carefully
sculpting the abdominal fat pad to create
subtle enhancements of the existing
Recovery is quick and the operation can be
performed easily on out of town patients
with a three day Houston stay.
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