Treating Abdominal Separation With Tummy Tuck Surgery
I want to talk to you about abdominal muscles separation. It’s a little bit of a confusing topic. The technical or medical term for it is diastasis recti.
Essentially, you have two muscles that run up and down your abdomen. And what happens with pregnancy or if you gain a lot of weight, is the muscles get stretched apart. Okay, so instead of being flat and tight together, they get stretched apart and they create a paunchiness.
Now what’s interesting is, it’s not actually the muscles that are the problem. It is a very tough band of tissue between the muscles called fascia that is actually the problem.
Fascia is stretched almost like garbage bag material. You know, you stretch a garbage bag and it’ll bounce back a little bit, but it won’t go all the way. So what happens is, is the fascia gets stretched apart. The muscles are sitting apart.
You got this paunch. The only way that you’re going to get this back to normal, doesn’t matter if you do a million crunches and sit-ups. It’s not gonna bring the muscles back together.
We have to suture the muscles back together. And when we suture them, we bring them back down, we really flatten out the stomach, and even a little bit, you’ll hold in the waist.