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Is tummy tuck required to fix Diastasis Recti?
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Is tummy tuck required to fix Diastasis Recti?

30th Aug 2017

During pregnancy, the abdominal muscles stretch in order to make way for the baby inside. Because of this, it is possible for the abdominal muscles to break due to the size of the baby. When this happens, women can see the change in their abdominal skin even if they are really thin. It is a common condition that many women have.

Postpartum women who find a pouch on their abdomen may have diastasis recti. In order to correct this condition, it is advisable to exercise. There are exercises that are specifically designed for treating this kind of condition. Some women may be contented with the results just by exercising, while others may not.

If conditions do not improve or if you are still dissatisfied with the appearance of your tummy, then tummy tuck surgery may be considered to fix the diastasis recti. There are several tummy tuck procedures that can be done to help improve the condition. Some have great results after an endoscopic-assisted modified tummy tuck, while others need something more.

For some women, they need to go through a tummy tuck procedure that not only repairs the muscles that are severely stretched, but also removes any excess skin present. This is especially true for patients who have too much excess skin, so a full tummy tuck is required. When the issue with the abdominal muscles is fixed, the abdominal tightness is also brought back. This helps change the contour of the abdomen, bringing it back to what its original shape.

The type of procedure recommended for the patient with diastasis recti will depend on their current condition. Some have great results even if the muscles are the only ones that are repaired. If you will undergo the surgery, you might as well have the excess skin removed if necessary. It is possible that there is too much excess skin due to the stretching of the skin during the pregnancy. It has stretched so much that the muscles begin to separate.

A full tummy tuck is not really necessary, but it is the best procedure for it. Since you are going under the knife anyway, you might as well get the best out of your surgery. You can talk to your surgeon if you have any concern about the procedure and they will help you understand the surgery better.

After the tummy tuck surgery, there will be swelling. This is the body’s natural reaction to the surgery. Once the swelling subsides, you will see how it tightened your abdominal muscles. You can further improve this through exercise. If you previously did some abdominal exercises, but they didn’t work, they will now work after the surgery. You can now welcome a more toned abdomen that you can be proud of. Women who undergo this surgery gain back their self-confidence because they have gotten rid of the pouch on their tummy. Therefore, while tummy tuck is not required for most women, it is an option you may consider if your diastasis recti is severe.


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