I am a 6' 169lb man who has what I suspect to be diastasis recti. I am roughly 15% bodyfat and have visible upper abs that appear to be separated by a width of about 5-6cm. While standing at rest with muscles relaxed (as in the side picture) I have an extremely distended midsection. I believe this condition to be hereditary as it has been present since childhood and I have never been overweight. I am considering abdominoplasty and would welcome advice on what kind of improvement I could expect.
6', 169lb Male with Diastasis Recti. Considering Corrective Surgery and Would Appreciate Advice? (photo)
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Tummy tuck for diastasis only and no loose skin or extra fat
t10: You look like the perfect candidate for muscle repair (plication) through a small incision. There is an endoscopic technique where a small pubic incision is used with a second one around the umbilicus. The muscle is folded in and sutured to correct your present muscle bulge. I have done this for several years without the scope and without the staples, as previously described, although first done with the scope. The pubic incision is only about 4 inches, easily covered, and tends to settle down nicely . Big difference compared to the "classic" abdominoplasty!
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6', 169lb Male with Diastasis Recti. Considering Corrective Surgery and Would Appreciate Advice?
The diastasis can be repaired through a lower abdominal incision. Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of tummy tuck and plication procedures each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
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