I Have Ab Separation After Pregnancy. Can A Tummy Tuck Fix It?

by | Apr 20, 2020

If you have been struggling with that telltale pooch on your tummy that showed up after pregnancy and just won’t seem to go away, you are certainly not alone. Millions of women experience this phenomenon after having children, which is caused by a separation of the abdominal muscles, but it can sometimes occur as a  result of weight fluctuations, injury, and other occurrences. In fact, even men can fall victim to ab separation, which was formally known as diastasis recti. This issue can be frustrating, to say the least, as it is typically difficult to eliminate on your own, and exercise can actually make it worse in some cases. Fortunately, cosmetic surgery offers patients suffering from diastasis recti an effective solution in the form of a tummy tuck.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Erick Sanchez and his exceptional team at Sanchez Plastic Surgery understand the sensitive nature of deciding to undergo a cosmetic procedure, particularly for women looking to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back. Dr. Sanchez takes great pride in helping these Baton Rouge, LA patients correct their diastasis recti and restore their figures – and confidence – with tummy tuck surgery. If you are ready to finally address that pooch and flatten out your stomach for good, you may be a candidate for a tummy tuck with Dr. Sanchez.

What is a tummy tuck, and who needs one?

Formally known as an abdominoplasty, the tummy tuck is an extensive surgical procedure that is designed to address and correct a number of issues involving a patient’s midsection, including excess skin that remains after pregnancy or weight loss. When a person is overweight for an extended period,  or has had a significant weight fluctuation (which can be associated with pregnancy), he or she is often left with stretched out skin that is unable to snap back to its original state. A tummy tuck is highly effective in removing this excess skin and giving patients a smooth, firm, appealing contour.

Another common complaint that leads patients to pursue a tummy tuck is the separation of the abdominal muscles, also known as diastasis recti, which happens quite often during pregnancy. When a woman is pregnant, her growing uterus can put an immense amount of pressure on the abdominal fascia and, ultimately, cause a separation of the muscles in the midline. In some cases, the muscles will eventually come back together after delivery and once the mother has lost her pregnancy weight and healed completely. However, many women are left with severe abdominal separation that does not self-correct. This is is more common among women who are over 35 years of age, have had more than one child, or who have carried multiples.

If you have diastasis recti after pregnancy, a tummy tuck can be a fabulous solution for bringing your abdominal muscles back together, removing any excess skin that may be present, and helping you finally achieve the flat stomach you once had – or have always wanted!

Can I have a breast augmentation at the same time as a tummy tuck?

Absolutely! Countless women in America each year choose to combine their tummy tuck with additional procedures to cut down on surgical costs and achieve one of the most dramatic transformations possible in a single surgical setting. Dr. Sanchez is proud to offer the mommy makeover, a customized procedure that is tailored to each individual patient to best meet her needs. Some of the treatments that are frequently part of a mommy makeover include:

  • Tummy tuck
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast augmentation+lift
  • Liposuction
  • Labiaplasty
  • Brazilian butt lift

During your initial one-on-one consultation at Sanchez Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sanchez will examine your areas of concern, discuss your options at great length, answer your questions in detail, and recommend a surgical plan that will help you best achieve your goals in the most effective and convenient way possible.

How do I find the best tummy tuck surgeon in Baton Rouge, LA? 

Once you make the decision to pursue cosmetic surgery, the first and arguably most important step is to select a qualified, certified, and highly experienced plastic surgeon. Dr. Erick Sanchez is an expertly trained board-certified surgeon who has helped patients achieve their ideal results through successful tummy tuck surgery time and time again. Call the convenient Baton Rouge, LA office of Sanchez Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Sanchez, and start the journey to finally getting your pre-baby body back for good!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.