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Locals ditch sweat for scalpel with ab etching

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What happens when you work out like a maniac but still can't get results? Some people go to a plastic surgeon for a procedure called "ab etching."

"Everybody wants it quicker, faster, better," said personal trainer Adam Dickenson.

Dickenson owns Control Results in Brevard County. He doesn't recommend shortcuts. He said "abs" should be earned.

"Abs is really genetics and hard work," said Dickenson.

Christine Canavan said she worked hard to slim down.

"On my off time, if there was any, it was exercise," said Canavan.

Canavan said she ate right and worked out 12 hours a week, but couldn't tighten her tummy.

"In your 40s, there are things that you can control with time and determination and there are things that you can't control," said Canavan. "Circumstances like having C-sections and children and your own business."

So the mother of three turned to Dr. Mauricio Castellon in Melbourne.

"Ab etching is ultra-sophisticated liposuction," said Dr. Castellon.

Dr. Castellon said he performs "ab etching" in addition to liposuction or a tummy tuck.

"For that person who diets correctly, exercises religiously, and does a bunch of crunches and abdominal work, but they still can't find that definition in their abdominal areas for their six packs, we can take you to surgery and we can recreate a six or eight pack look," said Dr. Castellon.

Surgeons make tiny incisions under the skin, and carve out muscle lines into the fat. Right now, Dr. Castellon said more men are getting this surgery.

"Men are interested in not just ab etching, but arm etching, as well," said Dr. Castellon.

Castellon said it takes about four to six months to see the final results.

"When you can look down and not see your tummy after seeing it for many years, it was a joy," said Canavan.

Canavan loves her new sculpted stomach. She also dropped four sizes.

Dr. Castellon cautions that patients will need to continue a healthy lifestyle after surgery.

"This is something that can help you, but obviously after you've had this, you're back to your lifestyle," said Dr. Castellon. "You're better, but you're back to your lifestyle."

"Everybody's got a six pack," said Dickenson. "You just gotta get to it."

Now, it seems you can do that either by exercising or etching.

The procedure can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000. We're told it's usually added on to another procedure, so you have to factor in those costs, as well.

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