Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)
Loose skin, stretch marks and fat on the abdomen are among the most common reasons patients seek help from a plastic surgeon. In some cases, patients have excess skin and fat on the abdomen from weight loss. In other cases, age or pregnancy has changed the contour of the abdomen. Many are frustrated that diet and exercise do not tighten their lower abdominal skin. Some even lose the motivation to exercise because they can't see their muscles underneath their loose skin. For many patients, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) in Los Angeles is their best opportunity to reclaim a youthful figure.
The Dr. Stoker Difference
For Your Tummy Tuck:
He is the author of multiple, large clinical studies on abdominoplasty safety.
He has authored a textbook chapter on abdominoplasty and body contouring.
He is a course instructor for the ASPS and the ASAPS.
He is a surgeon consultant for "The Biggest Loser," NBC's hit television series.
He is a surgeon for ABC's new series "Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition."
Tummy tuck surgery is one of my favorite operations because of the dramatic improvements my Los Angeles abdominoplasty patients achieve. Over the last decade, I've done extensive research on patient safety and cutting-edge techniques for abdominoplasty surgery.
Candidates for a Tummy Tuck
Candidates for a tummy tuck have some (or all) of the following problems:
- Loose skin on the lower abdomen
- Stretch marks on the lower abdominal
- Abdominal muscle laxity
- Pubic laxity
Good abdominoplasty candidates should be healthy non-smokers. Avoiding smoking is important to decrease risks. Although it's better for patients to be near their ideal weight, many patients who are overweight are still good candidates for the procedure. I help patients understand the advantages and disadvantages for their particular situation when they visit me for a consultation.
During pregnancy, skin may be stretched to the point that microscopic fractures form in the skin, or dermis, resulting in stretch marks. Caesarean section scars may accentuate fatty bulges by tethering the skin to the underlying muscles, causing the fat and loose skin to fold over the scar. The rectus abdominis ("six-pack") muscles on the abdomen may become separated in the midline, creating a potbelly appearance. Fat also redistributes with age, becoming concentrated in the lower abdomen. The hourglass waistline of youth gives way to a larger midsection. That's why many women choose abdominoplasty as part of their "Mommy Makeover".
Although tummy tucks can achieve dramatic improvements, it's important to also consider adjacent areas of the body for optimal results. For many patients, liposuction around the waist and thighs will provide more comprehensive results. Mothers will frequently choose breast surgery as well. This combination of procedures completes their transformation back to the hourglass figure they once had.
A board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience, Dr. Stoker achieves remarkable results in a caring, compassionate atmosphere.
The tummy tuck procedure involves the following steps:
- Removing a large amount of lower abdominal skin (and stretch marks)
- Removing a large amount of lower abdominal fat
- Tightening the rectus abdominis muscles of the abdomen
- Redistributing the upper abdominal skin over the entire abdomen
- Creating a new belly button within the tightened abdominal skin
- Tightening the pubic area
Tummy tuck procedures (and results) vary substantially between surgeons. As a specialist in body contouring surgery, my tummy tuck techniques have evolved significantly in an attempt to achieve the best possible results for my patients.
Following a tummy tuck, patients should take at least one week to recover before returning to work. Normal exercise routines may typically be resumed approximately 6 weeks following surgery.