According to the findings, none of the 50 patients experienced major complications following the abdominal etching procedure, though minor complications did occur in 22% of patients. These minor issues involved some over-etching that improved overtime, and some patients (10%) developed seromas, or fluid collections, which were quickly managed.
Overall, 98% of patients said they were satisfied with the results, despite a 27-month postoperative follow-up that involves wearing foam dressings for weeks on end. And they’ve maintained their results through abdominal etching for up to six years, according to the study.
"The patients exemplify that the procedure can be performed with optimal aesthetic results, and minimal postoperative complications," Husain said, noting that abdominal etching requires extensive postoperative management, plus nutrition and training to maintain long-term results.