Yes. the etching is a permanent result. I perform this procedure on both men and women. The fat that is removed with liposuction is a permanent removal of the fat cells in that area. With etching, the fat is skillfully removed in specific areas to enhance the athletic appearance of the abdomen. So with some weight gain, there will always be a slight appearance of an etch. With weight loss, the opposite happens. The definition of the abs will become more apparent faster and more defined.