Dr. David Stoker
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Dr. David Stoker's Blog

What Is the Dr. Stoker Difference?

Throughout our website, you’ll find a feature on various pages that showcases the “Dr. Stoker Difference.” There we outline the reasons why Dr. Stoker is considered one of the best plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, where some of the most accomplished cosmetic surgeons in the world practice. In this blog post, we want to expand on who Dr. Stoker is and what sets him apart from other plastic surgeons throughout Southern California. We’ll also offer some tips about what to look for when choosing a plastic surgeon. Who Is Dr. Stoker? Many patients recognize Dr. Stoker from his appearances on … Continue reading »

Getting Surgery? Read These Tips So You’re Prepared

The decision to get cosmetic plastic surgery is exciting, but it’s natural to become a bit nervous as the surgery date gets closer. At my plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles, we’re dedicated to helping our patients prepare for their procedures and the recovery period that follows. To help you feel more confident, below I provide a timeline that includes tips on how to prepare so that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Additionally, I provide all patients with detailed pre-op and post-op instructions that should always be followed carefully. 3 Weeks Before Surgery If you’re a smoker, you’ll … Continue reading »

Body Contouring Surgery After Weight Loss: 5 Things to Know

Some of the most satisfying surgical procedures I perform involve body contouring, especially after patients have lost a significant amount of weight. Their dedication to making a personal transformation often includes consulting with some of the best plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, and I’m honored they choose me for this final step. Patients lose significant weight in different ways. Some change their lifestyles and lose the weight through diet and exercise. Weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or banding procedures, is another way to lose the extra pounds. Whichever path patients chose to lose weight, they are often left with … Continue reading »

EMSculpt® Nonsurgical Fat Reduction: How Does It Compare to Liposuction?

If you haven’t heard of EMSculpt yet, give it a few months. This nonsurgical body contouring option is turning heads in aesthetic medicine because it claims to build muscle, something completely new in the world of aesthetic enhancement. As a leader in body contouring (I’ve taught courses for both of the major plastic surgery societies for more than a decade, and I’ve also written extensively on the topic for both academic and media outlets), I’m watching how EMSculpt is being used and the results it’s producing. Before you rush to try this new treatment, take a closer look, especially with … Continue reading »

Your Guide to Plastic Surgery After Weight Loss

No matter how you achieve your significant weight loss, it’s an accomplishment to be proud of. But many people who lose a large amount of weight, especially if it happens rapidly, end up with excess, loose skin that’s tough to get rid of. While many topical products and even exercise regimens promise tighter skin, the truth is that significant skin tightening—the type that’s needed after a large weight loss—is only possible with surgical intervention. The best plastic surgeons here in Los Angeles know that there isn’t any one prescribed approach to contouring the body after a significant weight loss. Instead, … Continue reading »

Breast Implant Research: How Much Should You Do?

Once you’ve decided to undergo breast augmentation here in Los Angeles, it’s easy to get carried away by the details. When you’re researching specific breast implants, you’ll likely encounter words like “projection” and “texture,” which can muddy the waters of your decision-making process before you even step foot in a plastic surgeon’s office. While researching your choices and learning more about the world of breast implants can be helpful when it comes to understanding your choices, it’s very important to research the right topics and not spend too much time on topics that ultimately require your surgeon’s input. So what … Continue reading »

Plastic Surgery for the Sake of Snapchat? A Doctor’s Take

With autumn’s arrival, the holiday season is starting to creep into our consciousness. If you’re like us, you’ll be spending lots of time with your friends and loved ones … and that means selfies! In an era so defined by smartphone self-portraits, augmented reality apps like Snapchat can have a real impact on the way users perceive themselves. Snapchat and Dysmorphic Disorders While I don’t want to be alarmist, it’s not outside the realm of possibility for these apps and the behaviors they inspire to lead down a dangerous path toward body dysmorphic disorders. These types of psychological issues are … Continue reading »

Why the Holidays Are a Good Time for Plastic Surgery

What do the winter holidays mean to you? For some, winter is an important time of year to catch up and connect with family and friends. For others, it’s a time of reflection—to think back on the year and plan for the future. Paired with the cooler air and time off work, these personal motivations also make it a great time of year to finally undergo the plastic surgery procedure you’ve been considering. Cooler Weather, More Comfortable Recuperation One major and often overlooked reason to pursue plastic surgery in the winter is the weather. Here in Southern California, our winters … Continue reading »

10 Tips for Facelift Patients

A facelift at my Los Angeles plastic surgery center can take years off your appearance and help you feel more confident. However, getting the procedure is more than just showing up on your surgery date. There are important steps you must take before you get to enjoy your results. Before Your Facelift Stop smoking. If you smoke, you will need to quit at least 6 weeks before your surgery and not resume smoking for at least 6 weeks after. Smoking decreases blood circulation to the skin and impedes healing. Not only is it dangerous to smoke before surgery, but smoking … Continue reading »

Tummy Tuck or Liposuction? Which Is Best for You?

With different body contouring options available at my Los Angeles plastic surgery center, it can be difficult to determine which procedure is right for you. In this post we will discuss the differences between liposuction and tummy tuck, also called abdominoplasty, to help you find a treatment plan that fits your needs. Who Is a Candidate? To be a good candidate, both procedures require that you have a healthy BMI and be at a stable weight. You also must be in good overall health and have realistic expectations and a positive outlook. For both liposuction and tummy tuck, it is important … Continue reading »

Dr. David Stoker

Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.

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