Can Women Get A Tummy Tuck to Fix Diastasis Recti?

By: Dr. Angelo Cuzalina


Diastasis recti happens when your abdominal muscles separate and cause a pooch. This can happen after pregnancy or if you are overweight. However, during a tummy tuck, Dr. Angelo Cuzalina, a triple board-certified cosmetic surgeon, can reattach these muscles to reduce the appearance of this pooch. Schedule a consultation with Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK, to learn how a tummy tuck can help fix your diastasis recti.

What is Diastasis Recti?

This is a condition where the two parallel muscle bands in your abdomen that connect in the middle separate to an abnormal distance. This causes a pooch in the middle of your abdomen where the muscles are separated. This condition weakens your abdominal muscles and can lead to lower back pain, and may make it difficult to do normal daily activities. This is often caused by pregnancy and is common in women.

What is a tummy tuck?

A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, is a procedure designed to remove excess skin and fat from your abdominal area. There are many causes of excess skin and fat in these areas, including weight loss, giving birth, aging, and others. This procedure helps to give you a tighter, more toned figure around your tummy area. A tummy tuck is ideal for men and women who struggle with sagging skin or stubborn pockets of fat they cannot lose with diet and exercise. Dr. Cuzalina recommends being at a stable healthy weight before your surgery to ensure your results are not impacted.

How is a tummy tuck done when fixing diastasis recti?

All tummy tuck surgeries are done using general anesthesia to best care for you during the procedure. There are multiple incision options, so Dr. Cuzalina will help you pick the one that best suits your needs before your procedure. During your tummy tuck, the two parallel muscle flaps will be put back together, and, over time, they will heal and close properly. This may be able to remove the pooch you are experiencing, and strengthen your abdominal muscles and reduce lower back pain. If you are suffering from diastasis recti and you think a tummy tuck may be able to help, contact Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK to learn how Dr. Cuzalina can help you today.

What is recovery like after a tummy tuck?

After your surgery, you will be monitored and sent home with a compression garment you must wear to reduce swelling. You may have trouble standing up and walking for at least a few days, so it is best to rest and let your body continue to heal from the surgery before any major exercise. Most people can resume normal activities within two weeks and resume relatively normal exercise after six weeks, but Dr. Cuzalina must permit these activities before you do them.  Dr. Cuzalina does want you up walking the day immediately after surgery.  Lymphatic massage which is offered on site at Tulsa Surgical Arts by our expert and certified lymphatic massage therapist can greatly enhance your recovery by reducing swelling and discomfort.

Where can I get a tummy tuck in Tulsa, OK?

If you are a woman suffering from diastasis recti, then a tummy tuck may be able to help you fix these muscle flaps and get rid of the pooch this condition causes. Tummy tucks are designed to remove excess skin, leaving you tighter and more toned than you were before. Dr. Angelo Cuzalina can help you find the best treatment course for your specific goals and needs. Contact Tulsa Surgical Arts in Tulsa, OK for a full consultation on the state of your cosmetic surgery needs.

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