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Will a Tummy Tuck Fix Diastasis Recti?

By: Dr. Rolando Morales


Pregnancy and significant weight loss can leave a permanent impact on your body. Many women develop a condition called diastasis recti and struggle with distressing symptoms. Even though this is a relatively common condition, some people are unaware they have diastasis recti until they see a doctor.

So, what is diastasis recti, and can tummy tuck surgery correct this issue? In most cases, surgery may help. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales can provide an evaluation and see whether this is possible for you. Call Morales Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX to schedule a meeting and get your custom surgical plan.

What is diastasis recti?

Most women experience abdominal bulges and lower back pain following pregnancy. However, these symptoms could indicate a larger medical issue. So, what is diastasis recti? This condition occurs when the abdominal muscles separate after pregnancy and childbirth. When these muscles separate, they create a widened space and give you a belly “pooch.” Even more concerning, diastasis recti can lead to leaking urine, constipation, and even hernias.

Candidates for tummy tuck surgery

People usually think of tummy tuck surgery as cosmetic. This is because it mainly addresses loose skin and stubborn pockets of fat in the midsection. In Houston, TX, Dr. Morales also recommends tummy tucks to treat diastasis recti by tightening the underlying abdominal muscles. An assessment can tell us whether you are an ideal candidate for this safe and effective procedure. We will also ask about any symptoms you may have, such as the ones listed above.

Tummy tucks are normally suggested for women who do not plan on having any more children. People who have had diastasis recti once are likely to have it again, which means you may need additional surgery in the future. Qualified patients should also:

  • Meet all of our health requirements

  • Be willing to follow pre- and post-operative guidelines for surgery

  • Listen to Dr. Morales explain the procedure and potential results

  • Have realistic expectations for results

How we address diastasis recti

Your treatment plan is based on your specific needs. Generally, Dr. Morales begins tummy tuck surgery by making an incision on the lower abdomen from hip to hip. The abdominal muscles are tightened and sutured to hold everything in place. We also address any hanging skin and pockets of fat as needed. Sometimes, this requires a special liposuction technique to achieve the desired results.

Patients should attend all follow-up appointments at Morales Plastic Surgery to make sure there are no complications during recovery. Our clinic can give you information about how to make yourself feel comfortable at home. We can also let you know when it is safe to exercise and work out as normal. As you recover, you should notice your symptoms of diastasis recti slowly dissipate over time.

Meet with a trusted cosmetic surgeon

As we mentioned, diastasis recti is not just a cosmetic problem. Women with this condition often experience uncomfortable symptoms that affect their day to day lives. Morales Plastic Surgery provides comprehensive surgical solutions for patients living in Houston, TX and the surrounding areas. Learn from board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rolando Morales about whether tummy tuck surgery can help you look and feel your best.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.