Diastasis Recti Decoded: Causes and Treatments to Help You Reclaim Your Core

Diastasis recti is a common yet often misunderstood condition that affects many individuals, particularly women post-pregnancy. Characterized by a protruding belly and weakened core, diastasis recti impacts both appearance and well-being. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for this unwanted condition. Here is everything you need to know about diastasis recti, including what it is, what causes it, and how it can be treated.

What is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti refers to the separation of the rectus abdominis muscles, which are the muscles that run vertically down the front of your abdomen. This separation causes the midline of the abdomen to widen, leading to a bulging or protruding belly. Diastasis recti most commonly affects pregnant women since the uterus and fetus grow so quickly in the abdominal cavity. However, it can also affect women or men who have never been pregnant.

Causes of Diastasis Recti

Most cases of diastasis recti are due to either pregnancy or weight fluctuations. Pregnancy is the most common cause; as the abdominal muscles stretch to make room for the growing baby, they can become permanently separated. Rapid weight gain, weight loss, or up-and-down weight fluctuations (especially due to fad dieting) can also lead to diastasis recti. Sometimes, diastasis recti may also be caused by improper abdominal exercises that strain the abdominal muscles.

Treatment Options for Diastasis Recti

Unfortunately, separation of the abdominal muscles is not something that can be fixed by dieting or by performing a lot of abdominal exercises. For individuals with diastasis recti who are seeking a solution to restore their abdominal strength and appearance, Mommy Makeover and tummy tuck surgery are the most effective treatment options.

  • Tummy Tuck Surgery: Also known as abdominoplasty, a tummy tuck is a surgical procedure that tightens the abdominal muscles and removes excess skin and fat from the midsection. This procedure is particularly beneficial for individuals with diastasis recti, as it can effectively repair the muscle separation and create a firmer, flatter abdomen.
  • Mommy Makeover: A Mommy Makeover is a customized combination of procedures designed to address changes in the body that most commonly occur with pregnancy. This comprehensive transformation often includes a tummy tuck to repair diastasis recti, as well as procedures like liposuction, breast augmentation, and/or other breast surgeries or body contouring procedures.

If you are dealing with diastasis recti, know that you are not alone. This condition can have a significant impact on both your physical and emotional well-being. These treatments can help you take proactive steps toward restoring your abdominal strength and achieving a more confident self-image.

If you are considering a Mommy Makeover or tummy tuck surgery to address diastasis recti, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Joyce Aycock. Together, we can create a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and regain your abdominal contour. Call (720) 634-7400 or contact us online to schedule your appointment with Dr. Aycock today.

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