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Can Cosmetic Surgery Help Repair Diastasis Recti After Twins?

By Stacy Molter 

If you’re like me, and you look pregnant months after giving birth to your twins, you may have a condition called diastasis recti, also known as abdominal separation, in which the muscles in your abdomen separate during pregnancy leaving a gap that allows your belly to pooch out. While diastasis recti after twins is common, the condition itself cannot be cured. Self-care and core strengthening exercises may help improve the condition, but if your diastasis recti is severe, like mine, you might not get the results you want with exercise alone.

Although self-care is the first method of treatment for diastasis recti after twins, the truth is sometimes it doesn't work. No matter how many abdominal exercises I did, no matter how much weight I lost, nothing seemed to help my pooch go away, leaving me insecure about my appearance and depressed about the way I look. Now, I hide under loose, baggy clothing, which in all honesty is not flattering and probably makes me look bigger than I feel. I don't want to go out with my friends, and I definitely don't want to go anywhere near a pool or beach, two activities my kids love to do with their friends.
After spending the past 10+ years unhappy about my appearance, I have decided it's time to consider other options to get my pre-pregnancy body back. I have decided to look into cosmetic surgery to help repair my diastasis recti, and lose my mommy pooch for good.


Can Cosmetic Surgery Help Repair Diastasis Recti After Twins?


When I began looking into having cosmetic surgery to help repair my diastasis recti, I quickly realized that yes, this is the best option for me. During diastasis recti surgery, a procedure similar to a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), the separated muscles are surgically brought back together closing the gap and preventing the belly from pooching out. But, beyond that, I was excited to explore and learn more information about the benefits of cosmetic surgery, and specifically what a tummy tuck has to offer.


Yes, my top priority is to correct my diastasis recti, but, since I've had three c-sections I also have a lot of loose, hanging skin just above my c-section scar, known as a c-shelf.  Trust me when I say, it's not pretty. And, you can imagine what my c-section scar looks like after having three c-sections and a revision. Let's just say that's a hot mess. What I found out though is that since a tummy tuck usually involves removing excess fat and skin in the area, most women who decide to have diastasis recti surgery after having children opt to have a tummy tuck procedure.

Here are some additional benefits I found that cosmetic surgery can have for healthy women like myself who are not planning on having more children:
    •    Improve or re-create the pre-pregnancy figure.
    •    Remove c-section scars and tissue. (Mine's not the prettiest after having three c-sections and one revision performed after our fourth child)
    •    Repair diastasis recti.
    •    Get rid of abdominal stretch marks.
    •    Flatten the tummy and remove fat.
    •    Tone and strengthen the waist.


But, most importantly to me, surgery can help me be more confident and have a better love for my body image. What I find most appealing about considering the option of cosmetic surgery to help repair my diastasis recti after having twins, is how a tummy tuck can amend many of the post-pregnancy faults that I see in my physique. The faults that sadly control how I feel about myself, how I see myself, and what I do and don't do on a day to day basis.


If you're like me and have diastasis recti after twins, I highly suggest booking a consultation at CosmetiCare to learn more about the variety of procedures available, and which procedure will work best for you. In the next few weeks, I'll be sharing my cosmetic surgery journey with you, which procedure I decided on based on the recommendations of the surgeons, and we'll even open our site to questions if you, too, are considering cosmetic surgery after pregnancy
 

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