Mommy makeover to correct diastasis recti is a plastic surgery procedure that permanently fixes the bulging belly appearance that some mothers retain after pregnancy.
What is Diastasis Recti?
Diastasis recti refer to an abdominal deformity caused by the separation of the abdominal muscles. While this may begin to naturally occur in men and women over the age of 35, logically it is even more prevalent in females after pregnancy, with up to 2/3rds reporting some form of the condition.
Like all muscles, the muscles of your abdomen can be tightened through exercise and physical therapy. A common way to determine whether or not you have diastasis recti is to blow your stomach out as far as you can and then suck it back in while exhaling to create a vacuum effect.
If the difference is not too significant, there are several abdominal exercises that target the transverse abdominis, the muscles that stretch all the way around your waistline, to tighten it together, and make your stomach appear flattered.
However, if there is a significant difference between these two appearances, then your muscles are likely overstretched and need surgical repair.
Mommy Makeover to Correct Diastasis Recti
A mommy makeover surgery refers to any combination of surgeries that aim to return you to your pre-pregnancy look. Abdominal contouring is one of the most common components of every mommy makeover surgery.
Depending on where you fall on the High Definition Liposuction Body Scale, there are a variety of surgical techniques and modalities that can be used to give you the perfect abdomen. If you score between a 2-4 on the body scale, a full abdominoplasty is required to eliminate all the excess skin in the area.
An added benefit of a full tummy tuck is it allows your plastic surgeon to perform muscle plication as well. A mommy makeover to correct diastasis recti cannot be performed without a full tummy tuck with muscle plication. This 50-year-old patient can be seen with a mommy makeover result here.
Notice that not only is the excess fat and skin reduced, but the entire waistline also appears permanently sucked in due to Our Surgical Team sewing her rectus abdominal muscles back together.
This 58 year old female status post mommy makeover, including breast augmentation and lift with a full tummy tuck.