There are many procedures that focus on bringing those abs out, including Emsculpt® and Abdominal Etching. However, there are differences in safety and effectiveness in these two procedures. Ab etching is a surgery that includes liposuction in the abdomen. Liposuction, which has been around for decades, is used to achieve more defined abdominal muscles. During the procedure, both the waist and abdomen are reshaped as the surgeon selectively removes fat from the ab muscles underneath. The goal of this treatment is to define the patient’s contours in order to build muscle strength. Emsculpt® not only burns fat and builds muscle, but it is non-invasive, which means that patients can see results without having to go under the knife and deal with scars. With Ab Etching, patients commonly experience pain and discomfort, as well as bruising and swelling. The High-Intensity Focused Electra-Magnetic” technology Emsculpt® has produces supramaximal muscle contractions, so the only thing you will feel after the procedure is soreness similar to if you had just done a bunch of crunches.