At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, our abdominoplasty surgeons often see patients with separated abdominal muscles. In these cases, patients may complain about abdominal weakness or a protruding appearance to the abdomen. In some other cases, back problems and back ache may also occur as a result.
Other times, patients may be unaware of any muscle separation and may be seeking tummy tuck to fix what they believe is only extra skin and fat. In these cases, muscle separation may be diagnosed during consultation.
Surgeons Can Fix Separated Abdominal Muscles During Your Tummy Tuck
Tummy tuck addresses the abdomen in two layers – the top layer of skin and the underlying abdominal muscles. Due to pregnancy, weight fluctuations, or sometimes just as a result of the aging process the rectus abdominus muscles can separate.
This separation is referred to as diastasis recti and it can cause a protruding appearance of the belly. Unfortunately, exercise and sit ups alone usually cannot fix muscle separation. The only solution is to surgically sew the muscles back together with internal sutures.
Our plastic and cosmetic surgeons can perform this muscle repair during surgery at our abdominoplasty NY centers. This provides patients with a flatter, tighter, firmer abdomen with dramatic improvement in the waistline and side profile.
How to Check for Abdominal Muscle Separation
Muscle separation can occur in the upper abdomen, lower abdomen or all the way along the vertical rectus muscles. To tell if you have abdominal muscle separation, lie on your back with your knees bent and lift your head slightly to tense the abdominal muscles as if doing a partial sit-up.
While holding this position, press your fingertips gently above and below your belly button. If you feel a gap of one-half to two inches or a soft bulge then you likely have muscle separation and may be a good candidate for muscle repair and a tummy tuck.
Our surgeons will be happy to meet with you for a free consultation and physical exam at our tummy tuck NYC or Long Island centers to discuss how this surgery can help you achieve a flatter, firmer abdomen with tighter abdominal muscles.
View before and after photos of patients who had this type of tummy tuck by clicking here.
*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns.