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What Is Diastasis Recti?

Diastasis recti is a common condition among pregnant and postpartum women. It occurs when the rectus abdominis muscles, also known as the six-pack muscles, separate due to pregnancy-related stretching. This separation can cause a noticeable protrusion or bulge in the belly, which may persist for months or even years after childbirth.

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When Do You Need Surgery for Diastasis Recti?

Not everyone who develops diastasis recti necessarily needs to have the condition surgically corrected. For some patients, diastasis recti can gradually heal independently with the help of abdominal exercises and/or physical therapy. However, if the condition negatively impacts your quality of life and doesn’t seem to improve, diastasis recti surgery is likely the best option.

How Is Diastasis Recti Surgery Performed?

Typically, surgery will correct diastasis recti by stitching the abdominal muscles back together. This procedure is often performed as part of a tummy tuck. Many women who have gone through pregnancy experience loss, sagging abdominal skin, and separated abdominal muscles. Combining a tummy tuck and diastasis recti repair, those individuals can treat their condition while achieving a firmer, more toned midsection.

Benefits of Diastasis Recti Surgery

If you’re experiencing a separation of your abdominal muscles, diastasis recti surgery in Beverly Hills can provide you with some or all of the following benefits:

  • Corrects the gap between your abdominal muscles
  • Eliminates the unsightly bulge caused by diastasis recti
  • Creates a slimmer, more toned abdomen
  • Strengthens the pelvic floor and alleviates urinary incontinence
  • Alleviates lower back pain
  • Reduces the likelihood of developing a hernia
  • Strengthens the abdominal muscles
  • Increased self-confidence

What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

Consulting with Dr. Shafa is the first step in preparing for diastasis recti surgery. During the consultation, he will assess your abdomen, discuss your symptoms, and review your treatment options. Your medical history and current health will be evaluated to ensure suitability for surgery. If you opt for surgical repair, a personalized treatment plan will be created to address your specific needs.

Diastasis recti surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The procedure's specifics depend on your treatment plan and whether a tummy tuck is included. Dr. Shafa will make incisions, remove excess tissue if needed, reattach abdominal muscles with sutures, and apply bandages. The surgery lasts 2-4 hours, and you'll need someone to drive you home afterward.

How Long Is the Recovery Time?

After your diastasis recti treatment in Beverly Hills, Dr. Shafa will provide thorough instructions to ensure a smooth recovery process. Resting frequently for the first couple of weeks will be essential, but you should start taking light walks around the house as soon as you feel up to it. Most patients can return to work after approximately two to three weeks. Still, you’ll need to wait between six and eight weeks before doing any heavy lifting or engaging in strenuous exercise. You must also wear a unique compression garment for several weeks after your procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Diastasis Recti Surgery?

Adults experiencing the symptoms of diastasis recti could be good candidates for diastasis recti repair surgery. To be an ideal candidate for the procedure, you should:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Have a case of diastasis recti that doesn’t seem to be healing on its
  • own
  • Have had at least one year to heal since giving birth
  • Have realistic expectations for the procedure
  • Be a non-smoker
  • Not be currently pregnant or nursing

Why Choose Dr. Shafa for Your Diastasis Recti Treatment?

To ensure a smooth, successful diastasis recti surgery, you must choose a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Brian Shafa is a board-eligible plastic surgeon known for his attention to detail, precision, and superb, natural-looking results. He understands that every patient has unique needs and goals, so he puts in the time and effort to get to know each person he works with. He and his team will ensure that your diastasis recti treatment is carefully tailored to your situation and provides exceptional results. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, give our office a call today.

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