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Having trouble deciding if a tummy tuck is right for you? It turns out that there may be a fingertip test to help you see if you have a complicated-sounding condition called diastasis recti and may be in need of a tummy tuck. Intrigued? Read on to learn more.

Diastasis What?

Diastasis recti is just a fancy way of saying “muscle separation.” Even though it sounds super strange, this is actually a pretty common condition for women who have had children. If you think of your abdominal muscles as a six-pack, diastasis recti happens when the line right down the middle starts to separate, leaving an opening.

The so-called finger test might help you to determine you could be able to benefit from a muscle repair tummy tuck. Start by lying flat on your back. Then, relax your abs and bring your head up and forward. With two fingers pointing toward your feet, see if you can feel a gap at this center line.

If you can fit 4 to 5 fingers between your abdominal muscles, you might want to see a plastic surgeon about a tummy tuck.

When It Might Be Time for a Tummy Tuck

If this sounds a whole lot more complicated than it should, you could just schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon and let him or her tell you if you might need muscle repair surgery.

A tummy tuck can also help to get rid of that pesky sagging skin left over from a pregnancy or weight loss. If you’re really feeling ambitious, talk to your plastic surgeon about combining liposuction with your tummy tuck for an even slimmer, sexier look.

 

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