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)
Doctor Answers (2)
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!
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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