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Are you Ready for the Super Hero Makeover?

Is the Super Hero makeover right for you? Contact COSMED Plastic Surgery Center to request a free virtual consultation

According to the latest research from American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), more men are investing in their looks. In fact, according to the report, plastic surgery for men has increased 121% over the past 15 years. Men are not only having plastic surgery to look and feel their best, but also to help them advance their careers. (See How the signed of Aging and Weight Gain are affecting your Career)
According to the same report, Liposuction is the #1 procedure requested by men.  With this in mind, plastic surgeon  Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda has taken his patients a step further than basic lipo services, and is offering what he calls the “Superhero Makeover”

“What the super hero makeover involves is high definition liposculpture on the torso, ” explains Dr. Castañeda. “The goal is to enhance or resemble the ridges that the rectus abdominis, oblique and pectoral muscles have in order to achieve a sculpted look.”

“The best candidate for this procedure is men with some muscle mass, poor definition or someone that works out and is finding difficult to reduce their body fat percentage so they can show off their six pack. Recovery time for the abdominal etching alone is around 1 week. For the combination lipo and minitummytuck, around 10 days”

High-Definition Liposculpture, Abdominal Etching, 6-pack Liposculpture, Chiseled Abdomen – theses are  all terms referred to creating an athletic looking abdomen by enhancing the appearance of the rectus abdominis muscles by sculpting them with liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction. To maintain a natural appearance, these procedures are usually preformed on the normal creases of the abdominal musculature. Similar procedures are also performed on the chest areas to make a man’s chest and pecs more defined. Learn more “Abdominal Etching:   Ending the Chase for Chiseled Abs

In this example, Dr. Castaneda performed high definition liposculpture in addition to  a mini tummy tuck  so the skin tightens at the same time. “This is a procedure that men are more willing to undergo in place of a full tummy tuck” he explained. 

“Dr. Castaneda performed my extended abdominoplasty… Finally I have a flat stomach again!” said a patient at COSMED Plastic Surgery center about his experience. After researching  plastic surgery clinics in LA and Beverly Hills areas, he opted for COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.

“Excellent surgeon, excellent service, uniquely modern facilities. Joyce and support staff make the entire process from start to end easy. The price was much lower than all of the LA/Beverly Hills plastic surgeons and the support is much better than the LA clinics. I researched four other high-end surgeons and facilities in Los Angeles/Beverly Hills area before deciding to book with Dr. Castaneda and COSMED. Definitely COSMED is a great choice and I am very happy with the result. Also the Recovery Boutique is uniquely fantastic — like a five star hotel with 24/7 nursing care, cook to order meals and since the surgeon’s office is in the same building he follows -up daily during recovery. I strongly recommend Dr. Castaneda, COSMED, and the Recovery Boutique.”   Read More Success Stories

Additional services requested by male patients are:

Hair Restoration (micro follicular hair transplant, hair transplant, single follicular unit hair restoration): This terms refer to taking the patients own hair follicles from the occipital area of the scalp, because this area is not affected by the hormonal stimuli that causes male pattern hair loss, this can be done taking a strip of scalp and separating it into single follicular units and then transplanting them to the bald areas or with a micro punch technique which requires no incisions, just harvesting each follicular unit at a time and transplanting them to the desired areas.

Calf augmentation (calf implants):
For some men calves are noticeably thin even in people that work out a lot,
this is a common procedure to correct hypotrophic musculature on the lower legs and get a more balanced body shape overall.

Gynecomastia (male breast reduction, Gynecomastia reduction, chest liposuction, chest reduction): 
Gynecomastia refers to a condition in which the male breast tissue enlarges usually because of hormonal changes or weight gain. The excess volume is composed of fat and glandular tissue. In cases where fat is the main component, usually liposuction is enough to reduce it. However, when there’s a high gland component, liposuction is first recommended to take as much excess fat as possible and then a small periareolar incision is made to extract the glandular tissue, which may sometime leave a small subtle mark. On extreme cases where excess skin is an issue, a breast lift would be needed.

Male butt augmentation (male fat transfer to buttocks, male Brazilian buttlift, Male butt-lift): 
This can be accomplished through injecting the patient’s own fat into the buttock area to give it more volume, correct asymmetries or enhance the shape and feel of it.

See a complete list of Plastic Surgery Procedures for Men


Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda M.D.Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, M.D. is  a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures at COSMED Plastic Surgery Center in Mexico.  Dr. Castañeda graduated at the top of his class from the University of Baja California and is board certified by the Mexican Council of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (CMCPER) and is a member of the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (AMCPER). Learn more about Dr. Castañeda

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Abdominal Etching: Ending the Chase for Chiseled Abs

Male and Female sculpted aps

Do you seek a lean, more defined abdominal physique?  Are you frustrated that countless stomach crunches, diets, and endless hours at the gym are ineffective at producing the six-pack you seek?  If so, abdominal etching or abdominal liposculpture may be the solution for you.

What is Ab Etching?

Abdominal etching or abdominal liposculpture is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to help people obtain defined abs and an athletic waist contour.  It is one of the many body contour services offered at CosMed Clinic and is becoming increasingly popular because of its high success rate and relatively low or no complication.

This form of detailed liposculpting creates indentations to achieve the six-pack or washboard stomach appearance by removing fat deposits overlying abdominal muscle.   Areas of treatment typically focus on the abdomen, flanks, waist and/or chest to help reveal muscular contours making the abdomen appear tighter, firmer and more muscular.

Minimally Invasive Procedure

Abdominal Etching Before and After Pictures

Abdominal Etching Before and After Pictures, by Dr. Carlos Castañeda, M.D. of CosMed Clinic in Mexico

Ab etching is performed under regional block anesthesia and i.v. sedation and takes 2 to 3 hours depending on the amount of fat to remove.  A number of small incisions (2-3 mm) are made in the abdominal region through which a cannula is inserted to remove excess fat.  The incisions are generally made in the belly button and natural folds of the abdomen to minimize the visibility of scars.  Fat is removed specifically along the abdominal muscle lines resulting in a sculpted, more defined muscular appearance once the procedure is complete.

Ab Etching can be combined with other liposuction and fat redistribution procedures.  For instance, the excess fat removed from abdominal resculpting can be transferred to the buttocks.

So why its increasing popularity, particularly among men?  The procedure produces sexy results.  We’ll admit it.  Well-defined, six-pack abs are just that.  Sexy.   With it’s minimally invasive nature and short recovery time (about one week),  it’s no surprise that this procedure is becoming more routine in our clinic.  Patients can expect to return to their full normal physical activities in 3-6weeks looking healthier, toner, and more fit.

Am I a Candidate?

Abdominal etching is performed on both men and women who desire a leaner, chiseled abdominal appearance.  Ideal candidates for this procedure should be physically fit and have established abdominal muscle tone with relatively small localized fat deposits in the abdominal area.  Normal skin tone and elasticity is also needed to ensure optimal skin retraction after the removal of fat.

To best assess your candidacy, request a free virtual consultation with our CosMed Clinic professionals.  The staff and board certified plastic surgeons at CosMed Clinic can assist with all your questions regarding surgery details, costs, and what to expect after your procedure.

If you find that countless hours at the gym aren’t producing the abdominal muscular definition you want, put an end to the chase and explore how the CosMed Clinic can get the dream body you work hard to deserve.

For more information on cosmetic surgery in Mexico, please view our patient resource page.

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About the contributing author:

Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda M.D.Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda, M.D. is a Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgeon experienced in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. Abdominal Etching is among one of the many body contour procedures  Dr. Castañeda specializes in.  He graduated at the top of his class from the University of Baja California and is board certified by the Mexican Council of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (CMCPER) and is a member of the Mexican Association of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery (AMCPER).

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