Can Liposuction Get Rid of Diastasis Recti?

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If you struggle with diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles, you know just how frustrating the condition can be. From physical discomfort to an unattractive tummy pooch, the side effects of diastasis recti can certainly be discouraging. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers patients the life-changing opportunity to correct diastasis recti and restore a more natural-looking, smooth, appealing figure.

Board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino and the award-winning team at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa are proud to provide the most effective and innovative body contouring procedures available in Doylestown, PA to help patients achieve their ideal physique. Learn more about one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries, liposuction, including whether it can be used to improve diastasis recti.

What is diastasis recti?

Diastasis recti is a relatively common condition that is characterized by a separation of the abdominal fascia, or muscles, vertically down the midline. Most commonly, diastasis recti develops as a side effect of pregnancy, though it may also occur as a result of extreme weight fluctuation. During pregnancy, the mother’s midsection stretches significantly to accommodate the growing uterus, which often causes the ab muscles to weaken and separate. In many cases, the muscles are unable to return to their original position and strength after giving birth, regardless of how much the woman exercises. In fact, certain ab exercises can make diastasis recti worse. For many patients, cosmetic surgery is the only reliable and effective way to correct abdominal muscle separation.

Can liposuction fix diastasis recti?

One of the most frustrating cosmetic problems associated with diastasis recti is an abdominal pooch or pouch, which can make a woman appear several months pregnant, even though she is not. This bulge can understandably seem like it may respond to liposuction, but in most cases, it is caused by the separation of the abdominal muscles rather than excess fat. Because of this, liposuction fat reduction is not considered an effective treatment for diastasis recti. However, many surgeons utilize liposuction during diastasis recti repair to further enhance the results and remove any stubborn pockets of fat that may be present in the abdomen.

How is diastasis recti repaired?

Without a doubt, a tummy tuck is one of the best surgical options for correcting diastasis recti. In addition to removing loose, excess skin that often remains after pregnancy or weight loss, tummy tuck surgery can be used to tighten, reinforce, and restore the original position of the abdominal muscles. During tummy tuck surgery in Doylestown, PA, Dr. Tamburrino will make a lengthy incision on the lower abdomen, allowing him to access the abdominal fascia and other structures. If a hernia is present, this can also be repaired during tummy tuck surgery. The muscles will be brought together and secured with internal sutures, and liposuction may be used to remove small deposits of stubborn fat. Excess skin will then be excised, and the remaining skin will be pulled tightly over the abdomen before the incision is closed with sutures, resulting in a smooth, taut, firm contour.

Can I have liposuction and tummy tuck at the same time?

Absolutely. Many patients choose to combine liposuction with their tummy tuck procedure to address stubborn fat, diastasis recti, loose skin, and other concerns simultaneously. Oftentimes, these procedures are performed as part of a larger mommy makeover surgery to address common side effects of pregnancy. Some of the treatments and procedures most often included in Doylestown, PA mommy makeover surgery are:

Say goodbye to your abdominal pooch with diastasis recti repair in Doylestown, PA

If you are frustrated or embarrassed by the pooch that still remains long after giving birth, you may be a good candidate for diastasis recti repair with tummy tuck surgery. Call the knowledgeable team at Tamburrino Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Doylestown, PA to schedule your private consultation with renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph Tamburrino today.

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