The muscles in the abdomen create a wall that protects the internal organs and supports the body. When the abdomen expands due to pregnancy or weight gain, these muscles can become stretched and separate. This is called diastasis recti, a condition where the abdominal muscles are separated and allow a protrusion to “pooch” out. At Blaine Plastic Surgery, we provide tummy tucks, or abdominoplasty, that can address separated abdomen muscles. Our diastasis recti repair surgery specialist, Dr. Christine Blaine, can restore a flat tummy for those with abdominal muscle separation.
Diastasis recti is common in women who have been pregnant, but it can occur under other circumstances. Men can have diastasis recti, as can women who have never been pregnant. Obesity, weightlifting, certain medical conditions and other factors can cause this separation of the abdominal muscles. The protruding tissue or “pooch” cannot be resolved by exercise or losing weight. A diastasis recti repair surgery, usually combined with a tummy tuck, is the best permanent solution.
What Is a Tummy Tuck?
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a very common plastic surgery procedure that addresses the entire abdomen by removing excess skin and fat. In most cases, a tummy tuck will also restore weakened or separated abdominal muscles, commonly called diastasis recti, to achieve an abdominal contour that is smoother, slimmer and firmer. Whether a patient is left with diastasis recti following weight loss or as a result of pregnancy, a tummy tuck is often the ideal procedure for both men and women to help patients achieve a beautiful and to-be-desired abdominal contour.
If you have a protruding lower abdomen due to diastasis recti, abdominoplasty or a tummy tuck could be a solution. Contact our team at Blaine Plastic Surgery to schedule a diastasis recti repair consultation with Dr. Christine Blaine at any of our clinics. We have locations in Staten Island, Long Island and Midtown Manhattan for your convenience.