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Still look pregnant after baby? It could be diastasis recti

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Aug 3, 2016 8:30:00 AM

tummy tuck to correct diastasis rectiThe weeks that follow the birth of your child are often one of the most happy and exciting (though tiring!) times for you and your family. As you devote time to caring for and getting to know your newborn, your body is most likely easing itself into its new, slimmer post-baby self.

However, as days and weeks go by, and you notice your belly still hasn’t slimmed down, or you’ve developed a “pooch,” you might have a condition known as diastasis recti, or abdominal separation. This can be frustrating for mothers who now have to think about new ways to slim down while also caring for their families. Consider a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery for more information on treatments for diastasis recti, and read up on some of them:


What is diastasis recti?


Diastasis recti is when your belly sticks out due to the widening of your left and right belly muscles. This condition affects two-thirds of pregnant women, and can not only look unsightly, but can be accompanied by lower back pain, constipation, urine leaking, and a hernia.

Diastasis recti occurs when pregnancy puts excess pressure on the stomach, and the muscles aren’t strong enough to support the extra weight. In most cases, exercise is unable to completely reverse diastasis recti.


Tummy tuck surgery can help treat diastasis recti


One of the most common treatments for diastasis recti is tummy tuck surgery, also known as abdominoplasty. During tummy tuck surgery, a cosmetic surgeon recreates abdominal tightness while correcting the diastasis. Additionally, your surgeon will remove excess skin and perform liposuction if needed  to create an improved contour.

Tummy tuck surgery reduces your post-pregnancy pooch, and helps create a firmer, smoother midsection that can help you feel happier and more positive about your body. In fact, tummy tuck surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures sought by moms who are done having children, and is often combined with breast augmentation and/or breast lift surgery for a complete mommy makeover.


Are you an ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery?


If you’re facing diastasis recti, and rehabilitation and/or exercise have failed to help slim your midsection, you might be an ideal candidate for tummy tuck surgery. This treatment is also ideal for those with loose abdominal skin that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise, and for those with loss of skin elasticity.

If you plan on having more children, consider putting off tummy tuck surgery until after you’re done growing your family. In most cases, the vertical muscles in your abdomen that are tightened during surgery can separate again during pregnancy.

Do you want to reverse diastasis recti and achieve a tighter tummy? Request a consultation with Monarch Plastic Surgery and discover how a tummy tuck can help you get a slimmer, smoother abdomen!

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