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What is Rectus Diastasis?
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What is Rectus Diastasis?

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Dr. William Albright
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Dr. William Albright is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures.
Dr. William Albright is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in breast and body procedures.

What is Rectus Diastasis?


Is it a Harry Potter curse 🪄 or a problem we can fix with cosmetic surgery 😂? If you’ve been looking into belly contouring surgery like tummy tucks 👙you've probably come across the term rectus diastasis /diastasis recti / muscle separation.  For the full YouTube video please see link below:


What is Rectus Diastasis?  

This is your abdominal muscles or your six-pack abs muscles and whether there is a gap between them. If your rectus muscles have become loosened and stretched, there is a limited ability for them to re-tighten as there is no muscle in between the muscles.  


Who develops Rectus Diastasis?

Typically it's a woman who has had multiple pregnancies 🤰🏻where there's a growing uterus.  As it expands and stretches the abdominal cavity that then stretches the abdominal wall.  Since limited capacity to re-tighten, then you might wind up with persistent bulging.  Some males also suffer from diastasis recti due to genetics or significant weight fluctuations.  


How do you fix it?

Typically during a tummy tuck procedure, I will use permanent sutures to bring those edges of the rectus muscle back together to the midline and that will help re-contour your abdominal wall to restore your flat stomach.  This is sometimes referred to as an internal corset.


Limitations in Fixing Diastasis Rectus 

I won’t “fix” the muscular tone of your abdominal walls.  The muscles are brought back together but the actual abdomen muscles will not be improved.


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Written by
Dr. William Albright
Updated

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