What Is Diastasis Recti & How Do You Treat It?

Dr. Ludwig Allegra
Dr. Ludwig Allegra
March 8, 2023
What Is Diastasis Recti & How Do You Treat It? | Northwest Face & Body

What Is Diastasis Recti & How Do You Treat It?

Patients looking to undergo a tummy tuck may end up hearing the term “diastasis recti” during their consultation. They may also come across it in their research. Unless you are especially familiar with the condition, many patients do not know what diastasis recti is. So, what is diastasis recti and how do you treat it?

Diastasis recti is a condition where the muscles of the abdomen separate from one another. The abdominal muscles--in their normal positions--are closely beside one another. Think of a six pack where there are only a few small divots between each muscle. With diastasis recti, one or more sets of muscles become separated.

One of the most common causes of diastasis recti is pregnancy because the muscles sometimes need to separate to accommodate the pregnancy. After giving birth, however, it is roughly a 50/50 chance the muscles will return to their previous position. While some exercises may help, sometimes the only way to correct diastasis recti becomes surgical intervention.

A tummy tuck frequently features muscle plication which is the surgical procedure that corrects diastasis recti. It sutures the muscles back together to tighten them and correct the pooch appearance associated with the condition.

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Dr. Ludwig Allegra
Dr. Ludwig Allegra
Dr. Ludwig Allegra has provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the surrounding areas with premier plastic surgery procedures for over two decades.
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