Daniel Y. Maman, MD FACS

Rectus Diastasis Repair

It takes time for the body to recover after childbirth. For some, this will still never be the same as pre-pregnancy. Recovery can be slow progress for some and faster for others. A common problem for many women is that the abdominal muscles never fully rebound and leave a noticeable, aesthetically displeasing gap. “Diastasis” means “to separate,” – rectus diastasis repair is performed with the goal of bringing the abdominal muscles back together.

Pregnancy is not the only culprit of rectus diastasis. Weight gain can also cause the abdominal muscles to separate, leaving patients feeling very uncomfortable or with an awkward bulge. Many complain that they lack core strength, have feelings of unbalance, and even back pain. In most cases—especially those involving pregnancy—the muscles are permanently stretched, and no amount of exercise will solve the issue. Patients often seek plastic surgery in New York to fix this problem.

The Procedure

To repair rectus diastasis, Dr. Maman will use the same technique as a tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty. Although tummy tucks are usually associated with the removal of extra fat and skin from the abdominal region, it can also allow access to repair separated abdominal muscles, helping to create a smooth, flatter, and firmer abdomen.


To start, Dr. Maman will discuss your goals, questions, and procedure in great detail during your consultation and preoperative appointments. He will conduct a physical examination during your initial visit and will address your medical and surgical history to have a comprehensive understanding of your case. Next, Dr. Maman will discuss with your treatment plan, thoroughly exploring all your options to help you to identify realistic and reasonable goals for your desired plastic surgery in New York.

During the Operation

Before your procedure, you will receive general anesthesia so that you do not feel any pain. Dr. Maman will make a discrete incision across your lower abdomen. Once the abdominal muscles are repaired internally, any excess abdominal skin is trimmed and stitched in natural, pleasing fashion. The incision is typically placed well below the bikini line to allow for future variety in underwear and swimsuit choice.

Results and Recovery

You will leave surgery with your abdominal muscles brought back together and a flatter, firmer stomach that complements your natural shape. You are not going to leave with automatic muscle strength, but you will be on your way to a stronger future.

Although results are immediate, swelling may obscure them directly after surgery. Dr. Maman will help you heal as quickly as possible with follow-up appointments as needed. Bandages, compression, icing, and drainage will all help for a smooth recovery. You will also receive any necessary medications and post-operative care instructions from Dr. Maman.

Scarring will naturally occur, but will likely diminish as time goes on. Any scars will be managed following Dr. Maman’s post-procedure protocol, ensuring you an optimal experience with plastic surgery in New York. Most patients can return to work after about two weeks, and begin to exercise after four to six weeks.


Rectus diastasis repair is a permanent procedure. However, weight gain is always possible and can diminish the effects of a smoother, toned abdomen. Additionally, patients who develop excessive weight gain in the future risk of having complications or recurring muscle separation. It is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, training, and a nutritious diet.

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