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Understanding Diastasis Recti

Diastasis recti is prevalent among pregnant and postpartum women. It happens when the rectus abdominis muscles, colloquially known as the six-pack muscles, separate due to the stretching associated with pregnancy. This separation can lead to a noticeable protrusion or bulge in the abdomen, which may persist for an extended period following childbirth.

Is Surgery Necessary for Diastasis Recti?

Not everyone with diastasis recti requires surgical intervention. For some, the condition may resolve gradually with the aid of abdominal exercises or physical therapy. However, if diastasis recti significantly affects one's quality of life and fails to improve with conservative measures, surgery becomes a viable option. Typically, diastasis recti surgery involves suturing the abdominal muscles back together. Often performed alongside a tummy tuck procedure, this surgery addresses both the separation of muscles and any excess or sagging skin. Combining these procedures can result in a firmer, more toned midsection, particularly beneficial for individuals who have undergone pregnancy.

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Benefits of Diastasis Recti Surgery in Santa Monica

  • Corrects the gap between abdominal muscles
  • Eliminates the bulge caused by diastasis recti
  • Creates a slimmer, more toned abdomen
  • Strengthens the pelvic floor, reducing urinary incontinence
  • Alleviates lower back pain
  • Reduces the risk of hernia development
  • Strengthens abdominal muscles
  • Boosts self-confidence

What to Expect During Surgery

Consulting with Dr. Brian Shafa is the initial step in preparing for diastasis recti in Santa Monica. During the consultation, he will assess your condition, discuss symptoms, and explore treatment options. Your medical history and current health will be evaluated to determine your suitability for surgery. If surgical repair is chosen, a personalized treatment plan will be devised to address your specific needs.

Diastasis recti surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The specifics of the surgery depend on your treatment plan and whether a tummy tuck is involved. Dr. Shafa will make incisions, reattach abdominal muscles, and apply bandages. The procedure typically lasts 2-4 hours, and you'll need someone to drive you home afterward.

Recovery Process

After diastasis recti treatment in Santa Monica, Dr. Shafa will provide detailed instructions for a smooth recovery. Resting frequently during the initial weeks is crucial, with light activity encouraged as soon as feasible. Most patients can return to work within two to three weeks, but strenuous activity should be avoided for six to eight weeks. Additionally, wearing a compression garment for several weeks post-surgery is necessary.

Are You a Candidate?

Adults experiencing symptoms of diastasis recti may be suitable candidates for surgery if they are in good physical health, have realistic expectations, and meet other criteria such as being a non-smoker and not currently pregnant or nursing.

Choose Dr. Shafa for Your Treatment

Dr. Brian Shafa is a board-eligible plastic surgeon renowned for his meticulous attention and natural-looking results. He and his team in Santa Monica will ensure that each patient receives personalized care tailored to their needs and goals. If you're considering diastasis recti surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shafa's office today to take the first step toward a firmer, more confident you.

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