Options for Rectus Diastasis


Whether you have previously had a toned abdomen or admire one: you know how difficult it is to achieve. For some, a challenge lies in the path toward that chiseled look and it is a condition called rectus diastasis. This occurs when the rectus abdominis muscles separate. These are a group of muscles lying flat and vertical across your stomach helping hold your internal organs in place. The separation of these muscles is often associated with pregnancy or weight gain but can affect individuals of any age and gender. Fortunately, the art of plastic surgery offers a solution to restore abdominal harmony and confidence in anyone experiencing rectus diastasis.

Understanding Rectus Diastasis:

Rectus diastasis, or abdominal wall separation, is more specifically caused by a band of connective tissue called linea alba stretching and weakening resulting in divergence of the muscle wall. External factors such as pregnancy can cause this to occur but can also result in patients with predisposed genetic factors or rapid weight gain or loss. Overall, the separation of these muscles leads to a bulging appearance making it difficult for patients to achieve a flat, firm stomach through traditional methods of exercise and diet.

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Your Options Moving Forward:

Surgery to fix rectus diastasis involves stitching the abdominal wall muscles back to their original form and alignment along the midline of the stomach. This is typically done during the process of an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) but can be done laparoscopically. Abdominoplasty with diastasis repair is particularly beneficial for individuals with significant abdominal laxity and will help remove the excess skin once the repair is complete. A consultation with your surgeon to determine your options based on your goals is always advised.


Rectus diastasis may pose challenges in everyday life for some patients but luckily modern techniques in plastic surgery provide ways for you to feel and look your best self again. Whether you have a case of mild or severe rectus diastasis, the journey toward a more sculpted abdomen is within reach. If you are looking to reclaim your aesthetic beauty, consider booking a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kim. Please contact our clinic at 312-694-0879 or through the request form in the header.