If you are still crazing over the six pack ab trend, you may have missed out a new body trend that’s gone viral across social media: The Ab Crack!
Yes, you heard right; the world has discovered a new flamboyant cousin to the six pack. The ab crack is a body feature that refers to a thin visible crease or line of divide between your abs. The term ‘ab crack’ was first coined in July 2016 and has since become the buzzword on social media. Young women and men are turning to fitness experts, aesthetic physicians and surgeons to find out how to get a perfect crack between the abdominal muscles.
Advances in medical science and wellness techniques have made it possible for men and women to achieve their desired body features using aesthetic transformation methodologies. People who want to make it big in the glamour world are generally more enchanted with sculpturing their body in a way that’s never been seen before. In the last few months, the hashtag of this workout goal has undoubtedly taken Instagram and Twitter by storm, with celebrities like Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Victoria’s Secret supermodels posing and posting pictures of their toned abs with an ‘eye-catching’ line going down the middle.
The abdominal wall has two strap muscles running down on both sides, creating the appearance of a six-pack. These two muscles are separated by a fibrous layer known as ‘linea alba’ (which essentially evolves into the ab crack). You may come to notice a line extending from the centre of the ribcage and going down your stomach, after you start working out intensely on your abs, maybe after doing those 14 ab exercises recommended by celebrity fitness trainers. However, for people who are not into such strenuous workouts, there are easier alternatives to incorporate this look. This feature is easily achievable through a simple ab crack surgical procedure that is safe and quick.
Abdominal etching is achieved by a surgeon using Lipo sculpture procedure, which improves body contour by removing fat cells between the skin and underlying muscles. Lipo sculpture can facilitate achieving an ab crack design as this technique improves body contour, removes bulges, and tightens up specific problem areas of the body. Assisted liposuction or abdominal etching can also be useful techniques. Whereas modified abdominal etching helps thin the abdominal fat pad and carve out the linea alba, full abdominal etching adds transverse inscriptions that help in building six packs.
In recent months, a number of people, especially those who are either already into fashion or showbiz (or are looking to build a career in these fields) have been enquiring about and undergoing the procedure to magically develop an ab crack. Here’s what you need to know about this new trend that is grabbing lots of eyeballs in the fitness arena:
- When it comes to any sort of fitness or body trend, people who are naturally thin and love to maintain a low-fat diet always have an edge over others. Ideally, people between 20 and 35should go for this ‘body avatar’. However, if you feel you’re fit enough, there can possibly be no age bar.
- Body reshaping results show up quickly among people who have negligible body fat. Men should try to maintain less than 9% and women around 12-14% of body fat before they eye to achieve an ab crack.The fat over the fibrous layer of linea alba is thin, and becomes even thinner and visible on working out, if you have low body fat percentage.
- While it may apparently look great to tweak your body to perfection, you need to exercise regularly and maintain a balanced diet to maintain your ab crack. Also, make sure to get enough sleep end eat fewer refined foods. Lack of adequate sleep and consuming too much processed carbohydrates and added sugar can make your body inflamed, and make it tougher to achieve the ab crack.
- Not everyone has a lot of time for sit-ups, core workouts and dieting. Cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries optimise results for fitness lovers. These procedures facilitate physical enhancement and reshape the body into a desirable contour by removing excessive fat and skin from particular areas of the body where you need to achieve the transformation (the ab crack, in this case).
Last but not least, before you go for it, make sure you consult a surgeon who is well-versed in aesthetic physical transformation, as well as an educated fitness trainer to discuss all the pros and cons. Figure out the best possible way to do it and flaunt your ab crack soon enough!
–Dr Sanjay Parashar, Cocoona Centre of Aesthetic Transformation