There are many men and women who desire to have six-pack abs, but most do not want to spend several hours a day in the gym and eat only protein and red meat. Even with strict diet and exercise, you may not necessarily attain the six-pack abs you desire.There are other ways to achieve having six-pack abs. The abs may be hiding under a spun-out layer of fat tissue and the only thing needed is to make them prominent and displayable. A plastic surgery procedure known as abdominal etching involves the use of liposculpture to create six-pack abs.What is abdominal etching?Abdominal etching is a plastic surgery procedure that uses the liposculpture method (a tweaked version of liposuction) to thin out the stomach fat residing between the skin layers. The procedure removes fat tissue from the abdominal muscular edifice and molds the abs along their inherent curves and outlines.The procedure will require incisions and can be completed in under two hours. Complete results will appear about 4 to 7 months after surgery. In order to get good results, your plastic surgeon should have a good sense of aesthetics and artistry, in addition to the scientific knowledge and technical skills to perform abdominal etching. After the procedure, your stomach will appear muscular, tauter, and firmer.Steps involvedThe goal of abdominal etching is to highlight the current muscle tissue by removing surplus fat from the body. This surgery will require advanced liposuction and tummy tuck to contour the abdominal tissues. The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and under general or local anesthesia.The first step involves locating the framework and silhouette of the patient’s abdominal muscles. The anesthesiologist will then administer anesthesia to the patient. The choice of anesthesia depends on your candidacy for the surgery, your health condition, and your doctor’s preference.In the third step, the surgeon will place tiny incisions around your navel or the natural folds in the tummy. A liposuction tube called a cannula will then be inserted inside the skin layers. The cannula will then be moved back and forth to loosen the fat cells and the fat deposits will be removed subsequently.Since the goal is to deliver six-pack abs, the surgeon will perform liposuction along the outline drawn in the first step, contouring the abs in the target regions. Afterwards the incisions will be sutured, enabling the patient to go home a few hours after the procedure.Candidacy for abdominal etchingIf you feel uncomfortable going topless in public because your muscles are not visible, you may qualify for the abdominal etching surgery. Good candidates must be patients who are in good physical, emotional, and cognitive health.If you are suffering from hypertension, heart disease, respiratory or blood disorder, or diabetes, you may not be eligible for the procedure due to increased risks. You must also have realistic and reasonable expectations for this surgery.Risks and potential complicationsAbdominal etching is a major surgery that involves a number of risks and potential complications. These include excessive bleeding, infections, inflammation and bruising, seroma, scarring, and change of or loss in skin sensation.While the surgery may deliver the appearance of great abs, they will still look different compared to abs earned in the gym. Artificial abs will not have the power and functions achieved through hard workouts. Furthermore, putting additional weight after the surgery will naturally affect the appearance of your abs.If someone who is not qualified performs your surgery, your abdominal contours will look asymmetrical and uneven. Make sure to choose only a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly skilled and particularly experienced to make sure that your abdominal contours will not look asymmetrical and uneven.ConclusionAbdominal etching or liposculpture surgery is a great and effective option for people who want to achieve six-pack abs. Make sure to be qualified and consult only with a board-certified surgeon to ensure your safety and achieve good results. After the procedure, patients must maintain a strict diet and change in lifestyle to make sure that the results are not undone. Also, abs achieved via abdominal etching are symbolic at best, meaning they will not possess the power and strength of real abs earned through dedicated diet and exercise.