Santa Barbara


Studio City



Woman in tank top sitting on bed, browsing on her phone.After pregnancy, it’s not at all uncommon to carry some extra weight in your midsection. For some women, these extra pounds seem an easy fix with the right amount of exercise and healthy eating. For others, the post-pregnancy belly bulge just won’t go away, no matter how much they exercise. If this is the case for you, that tummy bulge after pregnancy might require tummy tuck surgery to correct a condition called diastasis recti.

What Is Diastasis Recti?

Also called abdominal separation, diastasis recti is a common condition that many women face after pregnancy. It happens when your abdominal muscles separate from each other, creating a permanent bulge that often resembles a still-pregnant belly and/or an indentation in your abdominal area.

While the right exercise regimen may help to improve diastasis recti, working out isn’t always enough to resolve it completely, especially if your symptoms are moderate to severe.

Incontinence, lower back pain and a belly bulge are some of the common symptoms of diastasis.

What to Do about a Post-Pregnancy Tummy Bulge

If you’re having trouble getting rid of a belly bulge after pregnancy, talk with a board-certified plastic surgeon. In the case of diastasis recti, a tummy tuck can repair your muscles and thus restore your flatter pre-baby stomach. As an added bonus to your tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon can also remove and tighten any loose skin you might be left with after having kids.

Of course, pairing plastic surgery with healthy habits like getting enough exercise and eating a balanced diet is the best way to see complete results.


Dr. Daniel G. Kolder

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

As a highly trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Kolder’s specialties include:
Tummy Tucks + Liposuction + Breast Augmentation + Breast Lifts + Breast Reduction + Facelifts + Armlifts + Upper & Lower Blepharoplasty, as well as a variety of non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Dr. Kolder is also known to have a warm, easy manner, compassionate care, with surgical results that are beautiful and natural.

See Below Dr. Kolder’s Procedure Videos.

Patient Testimonial

“I was so pleased I chose to go to Dr Kolder! Not only do I love his staff, they are so helpful, efficient and just plain fun to talk to, Dr. Kolder makes you feel at ease with his knowledge and disposition. My surgery results were amazing and my recovery was made easy knowing I could call any time and get immediate attention and information. I highly recommend Dr. Kolder and his entire staff…”