The abdominal muscles have left and right sides, meeting in the vertical line that intersects the naval. These muscles are the “six pack” that many people try to achieve with extensive abdominal exercise. Pregnancy, weight gain and strain can stretch these muscles, separating them where they connect in the center of the abdomen. This condition is called diastasis recti, which can create a protrusion in the abdomen. As part of our body contouring procedures at HMS Plastic Surgery, we offer diastasis recti repair surgery at our center in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami, FL, area.
Diastasis recti is a common condition that occurs after pregnancy. The stretching of the belly can pull the abdominal muscles apart, which can leave a bulge in the abdomen after childbirth. While some muscle separation is typical with pregnancy, it is considered diastasis recti when the space of separation is two or more centimeters.
Pregnant women are not the only people to experience diastasis recti, although they do make up the majority of people with this condition. Anyone who gains a significant amount of weight in their abdomen many have this issue. Weightlifters have also caused abdominal separation due to intense strain.
Abdominal Muscle Repair
Diastasis recti repair is often combined with a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty, but it can also be performed on its own. Many people with a protruding belly from separated muscles also have saggy or excessive skin they want removed. The two procedures are performed at the same time, tightening the abdominal muscles while removing excess skin. The result is a flatter, firmer stomach without the pooch of distended muscles.
Dr. Harry Salinas is a board certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He utilizes the latest techniques to create beautiful form and function for his patients who want to reshape their midsection and repair stretched muscles.
If you have the abdominal bulge from diastasis recti and want to explore options for flattening your stomach, contact our team at HMS Plastic Surgery. We can schedule a diastasis recti repair surgery consultation with Dr. Harry Salinas at our facility in Miami, FL.