Six Pack


Six Pack

The trouble with trying to get perfect abs is that even though you are able to lose the tummy bulge, gaining the right shape is always a challenge.

Even with an intense routine of superior diet and workout that includes hours of performing abdominal crunches and sit-ups, there is an extra layer of fat, which makes it difficult to get naturally toned abs. This is the reason, why most people opt for ab sculpting procedure to get the right look.


Six pack, also known as “Abdominal Etching” is a common liposuction procedure that is done to remove fat under the skin. It is a good surgical option for people who have tried diet and exercise for a long time but can not achieve their goals.

Six pack only targets the midsection and waist of the patient.  It is known as a low-risk surgical procedure but you still should be aware of some risks and side effects such as swelling, fluid accumulation, headache, vessel damage, and skin discoloration.

In this article we mention achieving a sculpted physique, the power of abdominal etching and sculpting techniques, and different approaches to abdominal etching first. In the following part, you will read about the six-pack procedure, post-operative care, and potential side effects of abdominal etching.

Achieving a Sculpted Physique: The Power of Abdominal Etching

We all go to the gym and follow low calories diet but sometimes whatever we do, we can not achieve our goal to be in good shape. But, do not worry. With the latest development in science and technic, you are just a few steps away from having the six-pack, a sculpted physique that you dream of.

Abdominal etching is a liposuction procedure that brings your six-pack, your abdominal muscles to light. By using sculpting techniques and abdominal sculpting, it re-shape your abdomen. 

Abdominal etching is a cosmetic surgery, a sort of liposuction but there is a little difference: the fat that covers your abdominal muscles is carved off your body using small incisions. In addition, abdominal etching only targets your waist and midsection. 

Although an abdominal etching procedure has countless benefits, it also has some risks and side effects:

  • Nerve and blood vessel damage
  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling

The Six Pack (Abdominal Etching) Procedure

The six-pack (abdominal etching) procedure is a short one, it only takes an hour on average. The steps of an abdominal etching procedure and the preparation steps can be lined up as below:

  • Starting two weeks before the procedure, do not take aspirin or any medicine that may thin your blood.
  • Stop smoking, if you are a smoker
  • Follow any other instructions that your surgeon asked you to do before the procedure. Pre-operative consultation will help you a lot.
  • While you are standing up, your medical expert will mark the areas that they will sculpt and enhance.
  • You will be either under general anesthesia or local anesthesia at this stage
  • The surgeon will mark some incisions and remove fat from the operational area
  • The incisions will be closed by the surgeon
  • After the operation, you will need the keep compassion garment for four to six weeks
  • You will be back to your normal activities in two weeks 

Post-Operative Care

Post-operative care is the final and very important part of the procedure. A study, in 2019 shows that 98% of people are satisfied with the results of abdominal etching, the six-pack. To see the full effects of the procedure, you need 2 to 5 months. As a part of post-operative care, there is a list that includes things you should or not do:

  • Rest, but not in bed at all the time. Try indoor walking every day, ten minutes every two hours during the day. That is important to demonstrate that you can walk under your strength.
  • Nutrition is important, follow the diet that your surgeon suggests.
  • Take all medication prescribed by the medical expert
  • Wear your compression garment around the clock
  • Avoid sun exposure
  • Do not smoke
  • Relax all the time

Potential Side Effects

As you probably know that all surgical procedures have some risks and side effects. The good news is that a six-pack, abdominal etching procedure is considered a low-risk procedure. But, it means there are still risks. Some of these risks and potential side effects can be lined up as below:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Swelling
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Bruising
  • Headache
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood vessel damage
  • Irregular healing
  • Bumpy skin

It is also possible to have an infection risk after an abdominal etching procedure. If you have a fever, call your medical center as soon as possible to avoid any risk. Other emergency conditions can be itemized as:

  • Bleeding from the nose or mouth
  • Uncontrolled pain
  • Bright red skin that is too hot to touch
  • Vomiting, nausea, or dizziness.

You should get in touch with your surgeon and medical center if you see or doubt any of these conditions.


Opr. Dr. Cenk Melikoğlu Operating Doctor Cenk Melikoğlu was born in Görele, in 1978. In 2002, he graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Medicine. Between the years of 2003 and 2010, he did his specialization in İzmir Atatürk Training and Research Hospital, Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Clinic. In 2015, he worked as a guest lecturer in the American Hospital of Paris. When abroad, he especially focused on the transfer of free vascular lymph nodes for lymphedema treatment, in the field of microsurgery. He participated in numerous training and meetings in this area. There are more than 30 articles in the literature, which were published in national and international journals. Since 2016, he has been working in İzmir Özel Ekol ENT Hospital in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and Cosmology Clinic. He speaks English well. He is married and has one child. His special interests are; Breast Aesthetics & Dual-Plan Method, Aesthetic nose surgery, Lymphedema surgery, Endoscopic facial stretching, Aesthetic body shaping surgery (abdominal stretching, liposuction, aesthetic breast surgery), Hair transplantation with FUE method, Migraine surgery, Gynecomastia correction, Genital aesthetics (especially penis enlargement), Lymphedema Treatment (Laser Assisted, With Microcannula Lymph Protective Method), Penis Enlargement (Length & Thickness Combined Method), Migraine Surgery (Closed Method with Scopy). He was entitled to receive the "Proficiency Certificate" by being successful in the examination, which was held by the Turkish Plastic Surgery Association in 2010. In 2015, he participated in a scientific competition by Gülhane Military Medical Academy with his study 'Saddle-nose deformity repair with micro-plate-adapted costal cartilage.’ He has won the first place in the field of surgical medicine. In 2018, he worked at Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago, USA for three months in April, May and June on advanced techniques on gender reassignment and penis enlargement in men. He is still continuing his academic and scientific studies.
Opr. Dr. Arif Aydın He graduated from Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine in 2008. He studied at Kaunas Medical Faculty between the years 2007 and 2008. He completed his specialization on Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Department at Afyon Kocatepe University between the years 2009 and 2014. He has 5 original articles published in national and international scientific journals, and 13 verbal and written academic papers presented in national congresses. He continues the academic studies. He received the competence certificate of Turkish Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery after his success in the exam in 2016. He did well in European Plastic Surgery Competence Written Exam that took place in Brussels in 2019. Fields of Interest: Rhinoplasty Neck lift surgery, Face lift Surgery, Otoplasty, Tummy tuck, Liposuction, Breast augmentation / reduction / mastopexy, Gynecomastia, Genital aesthetics, Blepharoplasty, Lipoedema surgery, Penis enlargement (lengthening and thickening surgery), Fat injections 
Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan He graduated from Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Medicine in 1995. Between 2001 and 2007, he received his specialty training in the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, İnönü University. He has 20 original articles published in domestic and foreign scientific journals, and 18 written and oral presentations presented in national and international congresses. He is a member of Izmir Medical Chamber and Aegean Region Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Association. Married and father of one child, Opr. Dr. Serkan Süleyman Aslan has a good command of English. Areas of interest: Rhinoplasty Eyelid aesthetic Facial rejuvenation (face-neck lift) prominent ear Breast aesthetics (enlargement, reduction, lift) Correction of gynecomastia Tummy tuck Arm - Thigh stretch genital aesthetics Liposuction (fat removal) Fat injections Body shaping (Hip aesthetic, BBL) Minimal aesthetic applications (filler-rope hanger- neurotoxin) Fractional laser applications Skin Tumors Facial Traumas Penis Enlargement Lengthening and Thickening (Combined Method) Gender Reassignment Surgeries

Frequently Asked Questions

The procedure can be performed by Aesthetic surgeons who are experienced in this field. You should make good research before choosing your surgeon and be sure to describe your desired result well to them. Our esthetic surgeons perform six pack operations with Laser and Vaser Liposuction devices in order to have the best results.
Ekol Hospitals experienced esthetic surgeons perform six pack operations since many years. The operation itself requires great experience and should be performed under correct hands only. You can completely trust EKOL Hospitals’ Surgeons by this operation. The operation is performed with Laser and Vaser Liposuction devices in order to have the best results.
The fat tissue on your abdominals are removed by Laser or Vaser liposuction in order to define your abdominal muscles and maket hem more visible. Abdominal exercises show their effects faster than normal after the procedure and you can build the six pack abs faster than anyone. The second choice is to give the fat tissue the shape of six pack abs. You should discuss the expected results with your surgeon and learn which method is best for you.
One of the biggest rewards of having six-pack abs procedure is to have a better contoured, sleek-cut abdominal six-pack, that’s absolutely flaunt-worthy. Another reward is that it helps the patient acquire self-confidence. Patient can experience slight pain and discomfort after the operation, this, however, can be managed by prescribed painkillers. Swelling, bruising, redness and muscle cramps are some of the common side- effects that are experienced in the post operative period. However, these symptoms usually subside with a few days after the surgery. In addition to this, there are few precautions one has to follow post the procedure for an effective outcome. The patients are recommended to wear a garment that compresses the abdominal muscles for a few weeks. Engaging in strenuous activities and heavy lifting must be avoided during the first two weeks after the surgery. And lastly, ensure that you take good care of your body to avoid health complications post the surgery.
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