What Are My Options for Diastasis Recti Repair?
Pregnancy can take a huge toll on your body. Your belly swells to make room for your growing child, your breasts enlarge with milk, and your skin seemingly stretches everywhere. And about two-thirds of pregnant women end up with diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles, as a result of pregnancy. After childbirth, these changes can result in sagging breasts, stretch marks, sagging skin in the abdomen and, if you have diastasis recti, a fuller, rounder stomach that you may refer to as a “pooch.” For these reasons, many Houston women consider a Mommy Makeover with Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig.
Tell Me More About Diastasis Recti. This Sounds Like a Serious Condition.
Diastasis recti, or separated abdominal muscles, are very common among pregnant women. Most women experience it, and you’re likely to have diastasis recti if you have more than one child, especially if your children are close in age. Diastasis recti can cause problems that are beyond the cosmetic. Separated abdominal muscles can in rare cases cause lower back pain, constipation, urine leaking, difficulty breathing, trouble moving normally and hernias. Diastasis recti can be repaired during a tummy tuck, which is a popular component of a Mommy Makeover.
What’s Included in a Mommy Makeover?
At Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig’s Houston office, a Mommy Makeover typically consists of a breast procedure (usually a lift to bring back form and contour to sagging breasts, and a breast augmentation to bring back fullness and volume to the upper breasts) and a tummy tuck procedure to remove loose skin and repair separated abdominal muscles. Some women add other procedures to a Mommy Makeover, such as facial procedures or liposuction of problem areas.
What Are the Requirements for a Mommy Makeover?
The main requirement for a Mommy Makeover is that you are certain you are done having children, to ensure that your results last. If you have a Mommy Makeover and then have a subsequent pregnancy, your body is likely to return to its former state.
Are There Any Non-Surgical Ways to Fix Separated Abdominal Muscles?
For some women, separated abdominal muscles will naturally repair within a year after birth. Other women will try physical therapy. But the only tried and truly tested way of repairing separated abdominal muscles is to have a tummy tuck procedure, which is often done during a Mommy Makeover. If you choose to have a Mommy Makeover with Houston doctors Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig, they will make an incision in your belly, remove loose skin, then stitch up your separate abdominal muscles to restore them and remove the unwanted “pooch” that you’ve been carrying around with your post-baby body.
I Think I Have Separated Abdominal Muscles and I’m Ready to Do Something About It! How Do I Get in Touch with Houston doctors Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig?
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If you think you have diastasis recti, we recommend that you call Dr. Fusi & Dr. Craig in their Houston office at (713) 346-9909 to schedule a consultation and full examination, during which they can come up with a full, individualized treatment plan for your Mommy Makeover, including your tummy tuck.