Former Love and Hip Hop New York and current Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta star Jhonni Blaze recently had some work done that you may or may not be familiar with. She underwent ab etching.
The 28-year-old, who has been open about having plastic surgery done in the past, visited with Dr. Andrew Jimerson II, M.D., aka, Dr. Curves in Atlanta, to not only have some fat removed from her arms, but to also add some definition to her stomach. In a video about the procedure, she said she still planned to hit the gym, but for the time being, she was looking for a quick fix.
“I’ve been battling with my weight all of my life,” she said. “I think I just hit rock bottom with depression. Gained a lot of weight, like 230, and I just promised myself for me, my confidence to get back, I want to eat right and do boxing, but I also want a quicker result. So I want to get my arms and my stomach done.”
Ab etching was created by Houston-based surgeon Henry A. Mentz, III, and it’s a very common procedure for men. So what does it entail you ask?
- The procedure is different from liposuction. While some unwanted fat is removed, some is left behind to help define and contour the abdominal muscles underneath. Small incisions can be made in the abdominal wall, around the belly button, under the breast, and around the pubic area that are reportedly very small.
- Before undergoing the procedure, the patient flexes their own ab muscles and the doctor puts markings there to know where to take the fat out of. If you are already in pretty good shape but lack definition, ab etching helps to rid of pinchable portions of fat.
- Such a procedure is not a good fit for someone who is obese and looking to make their stomach much smaller. As previously mentioned, it’s not liposuction. The fat removed to help create definition is only a small amount and is the best bet for those who have attempted to define their abs on their own, but haven’t obtained the desired results.
- The procedure reportedly runs between $7,000 and $12,000, depending on how complex the work required is to define the abdominal muscles.
- Despite the results, and the relatively quick recovery, there are risks of infection and leaking early on is common. The results, with a constantly clean diet and exercise, can last for the long-term. But if you go through major weight changes, for example, gain a lot more than recommended during pregnancy for example, the results of the procedure, typically only done once, might not be able to be maintained.
Weeks after having everything done, Blaze seems pretty thrilled with her results. She’s been showing them off on her social media quite a bit. And for those who questioned why she did it, the singer says it’s because she simply wanted to, and that’s all that matters.
“Do it for yourself, don’t do it because you see the girl you’ve always posted on your wall and you’re like, ‘I want to be like her,'” she said. “You want to do it because you want to. Any surgery I’ve ever had was because of me.”
Check out the results of her procedure below, and let us know what you think of ab etching.