What Can I Do About Diastasis Recti?

By Dr. Randy Rudderman
In Plastic Surgery Articles

Sexy Abs After Childbirth

Have you ever wondered why your abs haven’t bounced back after childbirth? Do you have a “pooch” that often has people questioning your pregnancy status? It seems no amount of diet and exercise help flatten your post-pregnancy tummy.

You could have diastasis recti which is muscle separation of the abdomen. Diastasis recti is very common and two-thirds of women have this condition. This separation prevents you from having the washboard abs that you may have had pre-pregnancy.

Who is Most Likely to Have Diastasis Recti?

  • Women who have had more than one child
  • Mothers who are over 35 years of age
  • Mothers who have had births with multiples twins, triplets, etc.
  • Mothers who have given birth to a larger child

Diastasis recti can be surgically repaired by abdominoplasty more commonly known as a tummy tuck.  Abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin and restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal wall that is flatter and firmer. I  make an incision at the pubic bone and works through it to remove excess fat, loose skin, and to tighten and reposition muscles. The incision is easily concealed under a bikini bottom, and scarring will fade over time. The results of a tummy tuck are technically permanent, but maintaining a healthy weight is imperative.

Who is a Good Candidate for Tummy Tuck Surgery?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may be a good candidate for surgery.

  • Do you have loss of skin elasticity from pregnancy/ weight changes?
  • Do you still look pregnant and other people think you are?
  • Do you have a lower abdominal pooch?
  • Do you have fat deposits and loose skin that resists even the best diet & rigorous exercise?
  • Are you in good health and have realistic expectations?

One patient said:

Before my surgery, people asked me when my baby was due. I already had my babies! It was quite embarrassing. Now I feel confident to wear fitted dresses and bikinis.

As a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, I have helped thousands of patients with diastasis recti. With over 25 years of experience, I can help you look and feel your best after pregnancy!

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Dr. Randy Rudderman

Since 1989, Dr. Randy Rudderman has been in private Plastic Surgery practice in Atlanta, focusing on the full range of aesthetic procedures – eyelid surgery, breast augmentation and breast lifts, liposuction, abdominoplasty, facelifts and facial reconstruction, among others. He also has a distinguished career in the reconstructive surgery arena, including facial and breast reconstruction. He has worked as a key member of teams from several prestigious organizations – including the AO-ASIF (Association for the Study of Internal Fixation) Foundation in Davos, Switzerland, and has conducted research at Case Western Reserve University Medical Centers, CWRU Engineering School, and NASA – producing breakthroughs in joining the science of facial biomechanics and reconstructive Plastic Surgery with rapidly evolving technological innovations.

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