What Is Diastasis Recti? And How A Tummy Tuck Can Help

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What Is Diastasis Recti? And How A Tummy Tuck Can Help

Have you ever heard of diastasis recti? It’s a condition that affects many people, particularly women, after pregnancy. But what exactly is it, and how can it be treated? In this blog from Prive Plastics in FL, we’ll explore diastasis recti and discuss how a tummy tuck can be a solution.

What Is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is a separation of the abdominal muscles. During pregnancy, the growing uterus stretches the muscles and connective tissue in the abdomen. In some cases, this stretching causes the muscles to separate, leaving a gap between the left and right sides of the abdomen. This separation can vary in severity, ranging from a small gap to a more pronounced split.

Common symptoms of diastasis recti include:

  • A visible bulge or ridge in the midsection, especially when the abdominal muscles are engaged.

  • Lower back pain or discomfort.

  • Weakness in the abdominal muscles.

  • Digestive issues or bloating.

It’s important to note that diastasis recti isn’t just a cosmetic concern; it can also lead to functional problems such as back pain and pelvic floor dysfunction. While diastasis recti is most commonly associated with pregnancy, it can also occur in men and women who have experienced significant weight gain or abdominal trauma.

Treating Diastasis Recti

For some individuals, diastasis recti may improve on its own with time and targeted exercises. Physical therapy exercises that focus on strengthening the core muscles can help to close the gap and improve abdominal function. However, in more severe cases, conservative treatments may not be sufficient. This is where a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, comes into play.

How A Tummy Tuck Can Help

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the abdomen by removing excess skin and fat and tightening the underlying muscles. While traditionally known for its cosmetic benefits, a tummy tuck can also be an effective treatment for diastasis recti.

During a tummy tuck procedure, the surgeon will make an incision along the lower abdomen, typically below the bikini line. Through this incision, they will remove excess skin and fat before repairing the abdominal muscles. For patients with diastasis recti, this muscle repair is crucial.

By suturing the abdominal muscles back together, a tummy tuck can effectively close the gap caused by diastasis recti. This not only improves the appearance of the abdomen but also restores strength and function to the core muscles. Additionally, by removing excess skin and fat, a tummy tuck can further enhance the contour of the abdomen, giving patients a smoother, more toned appearance.

Is A Tummy Tuck Right For You?

If you’re struggling with diastasis recti and its associated symptoms, you may be wondering if a tummy tuck is the right solution for you. If you are in good overall health and at a stable weight, you may be a good candidate for a tummy tuck. Significant fluctuations in weight can affect the results of the procedure, so it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle both before and after surgery. Dr. Wu will be happy to discuss goals, expectations, and concerns with you during a consultation. 

Dr. Liza Wu Is Your Board-Certified Plastic And Reconstructive Surgeon

At Prive Plastics, we understand that choosing to undergo plastic surgery is a significant decision, and we want you to feel confident and reassured every step of the way. With Dr. Liza Wu and the Prive Plastics Team, you can trust that you’re in the hands of a skilled surgeon who is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals with safety, precision, and care.

If you wonder if you are a good candidate for any of our surgical services, start with a TeleHealth consultation. Dr. Wu offers brow lifts, face and neck aesthetic surgeries, and aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries for the breast and body. After your personalized consultation for surgical services, you can look forward to treatment in a state-of-the-art office in Boca Raton. For customized treatment plans for your face and body, call Prive Plastic Surgery today at 561-717-3181.