Diastasis recti is the medical name for any separation of the rectus abdominis muscles – more commonly referred to as the “six pack.” A condition common in pregnant women where abdominal muscle separation is necessary to accommodate the growing baby, diastasis recti can reduce core strength and balance, impact the general appearance of the belly, and increase risks for abdominal herniation. Unfortunately, the condition cannot be treated through abdominal exercises and some, such as crunches, may even exacerbate the problem.
Core exercises cannot correct diastasis recti, but abdominoplasty, more commonly known as tummy tuck surgery, can. With a tummy tuck, board-certified Highlands Ranch plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Zwiebel reattaches separated rectus abdominis muscles to teat diastasis recti and, in so doing, can even help restore core strength and balance, improve tone, and reduce risks of herniation. What’s more, reattaching these muscles gently pulls the hips and waist in, producing a slimmer and more attractive midsection overall.
Tummy tuck surgery is commonly performed during mommy makeover procedures to address the myriad ways pregnancy impacts the midsection. In addition to repairing diastasis recti, tummy tuck can be used to eliminate stubborn fat deposits, remove loose and sagging skin, and greatly reduce the prevalence of stretch marks, making it ideal for women looking to restore their bodies following pregnancy and childbirth. However, one needn’t have children – or even be female – to benefit from abdominoplasty as a stand-alone treatment. If you are at all unhappy with your midsection or if you have been diagnosed with diastasis recti, Dr. Zwiebel welcomes an opportunity to meet with you to help you decide if tummy tuck surgery is the best choice for your body.