Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, and Ladera Ranch patients choose Dr. Michael K. Lee for his superior body sculpting results and compassionate, attentive bedside manner. Dr. Lee views abdominal etching as an art form and a way to put his meticulous precision and consummate artistry to the ultimate test.

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Choosing Dr. Michael K. Lee – Aesthetic expert and visionary

Dr. Michael K. Lee is a meticulously detailed double-board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who provides concierge care and individualized treatment plans. He always takes an extra minute – or an extra hour – to carefully answer all questions in depth, allowing patients to feel confident, empowered, and informed before moving forward with their procedures. Dr. Lee’s insistence on excellence is evident in his natural-looking, nuanced surgical results, which reflect each patient’s unique wishes for improvement.

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Dr. Lee received his medical degree from the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He then pursued additional advanced training at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, serving as Administrative Chief Resident and being named Best Chief Resident. Dr. Lee completed an elite Plastic Surgery Fellowship at the University of California, Irvine, further preparing him for his role as an aesthetic authority. He is the recipient of the Elvin L. Shelton Award for Excellence and the Dr. Frank and Mary McDowell Award for Excellence in Surgery. 

 What is abdominal etching?

Abdominal etching is a procedure to help enhance definition in the belly, sculpting a flatter, more toned stomach. It can be used to achieve a “six-pack,” which is typically more difficult to do as one gets older. As it is not considered a weight reduction procedure, abdominal etching is not recommended for patients struggling with excess skin or weight in the midsection. Rather, it is a contouring option for patients who have been unable to reach their sculpting goals through dieting and exercise alone. Dr. Lee uses VASER high-definition liposuction to achieve a more chiseled, streamlined abdomen appearance that appears seamlessly natural.

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Who is an ideal candidate for abdominal etching?

Men who desire a chiseled, sculpted abdomen with enhanced definition in the form of a “six-pack” can strongly benefit from abdominal etching with VASER high-definition liposuction by Dr. Lee. Those with sagging skin, in addition to excess fat, can undergo non-surgical skin tightening with Dr. Lee or a standard tummy tuck to ensure a flat, smooth result that is aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Lee will assess each patient during a detailed consultation, performing a physical evaluation and medical review. He will discuss the risks and benefits of abdominal etching and ensure that each patient has realistic expectations for their results.

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Benefits of abdominal etching

  • Enhanced muscle definition: Abdominal etching can create visible muscle definition in the abdominal area, resulting in a more toned and sculpted appearance.
  • Improved body contour: Abdominal etching can help to create a more proportionate and balanced appearance.
  • Increased self-confidence: Many patients report a feeling of increased confidence and comfort in their own skin after undergoing abdominal etching.
  • Minimal scarring: Abdominal etching typically results in minimal scarring, as the incisions used for the procedure are small and easily concealed.
  • Quick recovery: Recovery after abdominal etching is typically quick, with most patients resuming work and normal activities within 5-7 days after surgery.
  • Long-lasting results: Abdominal etching can provide long-lasting changes, with many patients maintaining their results for many years with proper care and maintenance.
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Recovery after abdominal etching

After abdominal etching with VASER high-definition liposuction, patients can expect a comfortable recovery, resuming normal activities within 24-48 hours. Dr. Lee will provide a compression garment that helps to minimize swelling and keep the newly sculpted midsection intact as the body heals. 

Despite being minimally invasive, patients should avoid strenuous activity, including crunches and planks, for a few weeks after their treatment. Dr. Lee will give specific, customized aftercare instructions to each patient. As swelling diminishes, patients will enjoy a tighter, more sculpted belly with increased definition. Maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle after the procedure is mandatory in order to preserve the results.

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