Abdominal etching is a variation of liposuction used to create the illusion of six-pack abs on males, and athletic definition on females. During the procedure, thin cannulas are inserted into the body, dislodging fat deposits that get suctioned out. Abdominal etching differs from liposuction in that small amounts of fat are left behind in specific areas to imitate muscle fullness and definition.
This technique may also be referred to as liposculpture or high-def liposuction. It is often performed using vaser liposuction, which uses ultrasound energy to melt the fat before it's removed, and to stimulate the skin to shrink.
The ideal candidate for abdominal etching is a patient with an average body type and moderate amounts of fat deposits, who is healthy and committed to a continuous exercise regimen.