Look at those abs! How many times have you thought that? Whether you are a man or woman, we’ve all had that slightly, sick feeling of envy when we see a tightly sculptured stomach. Unfortunately, the body conscious person will have to dedicate hours of exercise to get a reasonable six-pack and ongoing dedication and time to maintain it. Now this is all set to change as Thailand has a new surgery to turn your flabby burrito baskets beer belly into magically defined abs, turning those classic Khaosan Road 6-packs coming soon” classic T-shirt promises into a reality now.
Here in Thailand many are throwing in the towel at the gym in favor of going under the knife. That’s right, surgery to turn that paunch into a pack, which does away with all that pain and sweat. It’s a procedure that is fast becoming popular and chic. Many of the ‘body sculptured’ are quite open about it. They are happy to show off their new abs and admit that they are the result of the knife, the same as a new nose job or boobs.
According to Dr. Raweewat Maschadol, also known as Sae, CEO and surgeon at the Masterpiece Hospital in Dusit, there is a rising interest in this kind of surgery from those who don’t have the time or the inclination to put in the work for great abs.
The procedure lasts between 2-4 hours, depending on the patient. It isn’t a question of adding the abs, no silicone or other types of implants, but of taking away or vaccuuming out unwanted fat. Plastic surgeons call it ‘etching’ and fortunately it isn’t painful or dangerous. It costs around THB 120,000 or $3,700 US.
“We’ve been doing this for about three to four years now…we get anywhere from 20 to 30 customers requesting a six-pack every month,” hospital CEO and surgeon Raweewat “Sae” Maschamadol told Bangkok Expat Life.
Do not scroll further if you have a weak stomach as what you are going to see below would be graphic.
There are no plastics or silicon involved.
“We don’t do implants because they don’t look good and don’t last long,” said the surgeon, who says “all his customers” have been, at least “somewhat” satisfied.
This procedure dated back to the 1990s when a Texas surgeon came up with it. All surgeries have risk and for this surgery, the biggest risk seems to be getting goofy-looking results rather than fab abs. Approximately, one-in-five of 50 people who underwent this procedure suffered minor complications, such as what is euphemistically called “over-etching,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. About one-in-10 were left with post-surgical pockets of fluid called seromas that may require draining.
Though Raweewat studied abroad on different procedures, he says his team developed their own technique. His is just one of the many clinics in Bangkok offering the procedure; others include Sib Clinic and Kamol Cosmetic Hospital.
Aesthetic plastic surgery has always been one of Thailand’s hallmark, due to the affordability, strategic location of Thailand, high-class service and most importantly, advanced medical technology and skilled surgeons. The Kingdom has been a very popular destination for medical tourists and a patient could save 50%, potentially thousands compared to when they do a procedure back home. The doctors are good at what they do because they perform so many procedures every day. Practice makes perfect. In fact, many expats in Bangkok live here because of the affordable and quality healthcare.
For those who are worried if this clinic is safe because there are some incidents of illegal clinics spawning in Bangkok where patients have become sick, disfigured or even die under the knife of under-qualified quacks. Dr Raweewat assured his facility is a safe choice.
“We are a licensed, legitimate hospital, unlike many other cosmetic surgery clinics around Thailand. Which means, we have access to anesthetic and quality medicines,” he said.
He said about 90 percent of his clients are fitness junkies that cannot achieve the goals they desire.
“In order to naturally get a six-pack, one needs to work out as well as get lean. Most of our clients come in with a lot of muscle, they just want to save themselves months of leaning down,” Raweewat said.
“Fitness is not always the answer,” Thai model Ome Pangpaparn, who underwent the procedure at Masterpiece wrote in a review posted to Pantip. “I worked out regularly, but I still couldn’t get rid of the fat around my stomach,” he wrote.
Ome is not ashamed of his surgery – as you can see he regularly post selfies of his body on his Instagram, showing his straight-out-of a GQ Vogue body after the magical hands of his surgeon at Masterpiece Hospital Dusit.
“I do what I can. But in the parts I can’t, I leave it up to the doctor. I am confident that it will bring me more happiness,” Ome said. We wanted to ask him more about the procedure, but Ome hadn’t replied to requests for comment as of publication time.
Those who are thinking of this quick fix to their abs problem should only consult qualified surgeons in established cosmetic hospitals and avoid the dodgy ‘cheaper’ offers they are bound to find. Better safe than sorry.
What do you all think? Would you cool with getting this washboard stomach through a little belly-fat suckage or do you think it is cheating? Let us know in the comments below or tweet at us at @Bkkexpatlife