Will A Tummy Tuck Repair Fix Diastasis Recti After Pregnancy?

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Many Atlanta, GA mothers come to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon-Dzung Mang to learn more about the benefits of a tummy tuck. These women want to reclaim their bodies after completing their family. Some of them have experienced a lower abdomen bulge due to a split abdomen after surgery, known as diastasis recti. A tummy tuck repair surgery at Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery will stitch up separated abdominal muscles to remove this unwanted bulge. Ultimately, a tummy tuck is the most effective way to treat diastasis recti. While there are some exercises that can help mild diastasis improve, they won’t completely repair total separation for all women.

What is diastasis recti after pregnancy?

Diastasis recti is a partial or complete separation of the rectus abdominis, known as the six-pack muscles. These muscles meet in the midline of the stomach. When this occurs, the lower abdomen protrudes because the left and right ab muscles have separated. This is common during and after pregnancy since the uterus stretches these muscles to accommodate your baby.

At Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery in Atlanta, GA, Dr. Mang sees many patients with various symptoms of diastasis recti, including:

  • Pooch or bulge in the stomach (usually above or below the belly button)

  • Lower back pain

  • Constipation

  • Bloating

For many women who have lost their pregnancy weight, this pooch or bulge can be frustrating, which makes tummy tuck repair surgery a valuable tool.

Why is fixing diastasis recti with a tummy tuck important?

For many mothers, not being able to regain their pre-pregnancy body is frustrating and affects their self-esteem. For patients with a pooch or abdominal bulge because of diastasis recti, it becomes even harder. In addition to the aesthetic reasons for correcting diastasis recti, there are also medical ones, including hernias, urine leaking, chronic lower back pain, or difficulty breathing. Dr. Mang can evaluate each patient to determine if their condition warrants a tummy tuck repair surgery in Atlanta, GA.

How is diastasis recti fixed during a tummy tuck?

Dr. Mang only recommends patients get a tummy tuck if they are done having children, even if they have diastasis recti with their first pregnancy. A tummy tuck can address unwanted, sagging skin, stretch marks, and C-section scars while also fixing this separation of abdominal muscles.

At Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery, we fix diastasis recti by performing a tummy tuck incision below the bikini line and hip to hip, and removing any unwanted, sagging skin that you may have. Next, we stitch your separated abdominal muscles and remove the unwanted pooch many of our patients have post-pregnancy.

Schedule a consultation to learn how to fix diastasis recti

If you’re a mother in Atlanta who is suffering from diastasis recti after pregnancy, tummy tuck repair surgery can help. At Rejuve Aesthetic Surgery, we have helped countless women to repair their separated abdominal muscles and to reclaim their pre-pregnancy body at the same time. To schedule a consultation to learn more about a tummy tuck and if you’re a candidate for surgery, contact our Atlanta, GA, office today for your appointment.

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