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Post-Pregnancy: What Is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is a condition that can occur during childbirth or a C-section in which the abdominal muscles stretch and separate. Oftentimes, the stomach bulges due to diastasis recti, making the goal of attaining your pre-pregnancy figure nearly impossible with diet and exercise alone. In fact, some exercises that are typically thought to tone the abdomen could worsen the effects of diastasis recti.

A tummy tuck is a surgical procedure frequently performed to eliminate excess skin from the lower abdomen. In addition, during the abdominoplasty procedure, Dr. Semira Bayati can simultaneously repair and tighten the underlying musculature, effectively reversing much of the damage caused by childbirth or a c-section. After surgery, the natural contours of the body can be restored in this area, often resulting in a more fit-looking abdomen and a more flattering silhouette.

If you have been struggling to regain your pre-pregnancy figure in spite of a healthy diet and rigorous exercise, diastasis recti may be the cause. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Bayati can perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and help determine if a tummy tuck can help you achieve your goals. Please contact our board-certified plastic surgeon today for more information.

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