Diastasis Recti After Pregnancy: Atlanta Plastic Surgeon Addresses This Common Concern
Dr. Thomas B. Lintner of Advanced Aesthetic Surgery explains how a mommy makeover can help new mothers tighten abdominal muscles that stretched apart during pregnancy.
Atlanta, GA — After childbirth, many new mothers struggle to regain their pre-pregnancy body, says Thomas Lintner, MD. He explains that while diet and exercise can often help women get back into shape, there are certain side effects of pregnancy that cannot be addressed with a healthy lifestyle alone. According to Dr. Lintner, diastasis recti is a condition experienced by many new mothers that often cannot be corrected by exercise. Diastasis recti occurs when the abdominal wall becomes stretched out and separated, resulting in what some women refer to as a “pooch” on their abdomen. “Depending on the severity of the abdominal separation, surgical intervention may be necessary to restore the abdominal wall,” says Dr. Lintner. He explains that women experiencing diastasis recti, in addition to other physical changes that cannot be resolved with diet and exercise, may benefit from a “mommy makeover.”
A mommy makeover can be customized to include a variety of surgical procedures, such as abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck), which can correct diastasis recti by surgically tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. Other common procedures include breast lift, breast augmentation, and liposuction. The Atlanta plastic surgeon clarifies that although loose abdominal muscles after pregnancy can sometimes be tightened through specific exercises, contacting your physician prior to starting a new routine is important, because certain exercises may actually worsen the effects of diastasis recti.
As the father of four children, Dr. Lintner says he understands that children can bring a great deal of joy into a family. However, he reiterates that the physical changes women go through as part of becoming a mother cannot always be reversed by working out and eating right. In these cases, the mommy makeover can help, he says. To help ensure safety and ideal results, Dr. Lintner advises women seeking a mommy makeover to conduct thorough research to find an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
About Thomas B. Lintner, MD, FACS
Dr. Thomas Lintner is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is the Medical Director of Advanced Aesthetic Surgery, his private practice in the Atlanta and Marietta area. He is a board-certified plastic surgeon with active memberships in several reputable medical societies and organizations, such as the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Lintner has also previously served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he is still currently a staff member.
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