Dr. David Stoker
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Tips for Digital Detoxing

Remember how trying to limit screen time was considered a worthy goal? Actually, it still is a good idea. Still, with millions of people working from home with worksites shuttered, it’s difficult to avoid being on the computer for a significant portion of the day. And once we’re off the clock, we can’t go out, so we spend much of the evening texting and socializing online or catching up on the news. It can be difficult to take breaks from digital devices, but it’s important that you do for both your physical and mental health. What’s Wrong With Excessive Screen … Continue reading »

Virtual Consultations: Plan Now for Surgery After Sheltering Ends

During the pandemic shutdown, many plastic surgeons have adapted by starting to offer virtual consultations for patients. Stoker Plastic Surgery has offered virtual consultations for many years to patients traveling from out of town, and now we’re doing them for local Los Angeles-area patients, too. With more free time, many people considering aesthetic surgery or other treatments may want to take advantage of getting their consultations completed before the shelter-at-home orders are lifted. In this blog post, I’ll describe the virtual consultation process in general and how to prepare for the appointment. Our patient coordinator, Jamie, discusses with each patient … Continue reading »

Hunkering Down and Beyond: Focus on the Positive

One of the most important ways to maintain a healthy immune system is to decrease your stress level as much as possible. After more than a month of sheltering in place, though, it can be challenging to keep a positive and healthy outlook. One of the most important jobs physicians have, regardless of their specialties, is to help their patients pursue healthy habits. That’s why I’m encouraging you to focus during this difficult time on the benefits of following the stay-at-home guidelines put in place by California’s governor. Even better, adopting some of these practices even after resuming normal activities … Continue reading »

Looking Your Best on a Webcam

With the stay-at-home culture a fact of life for the foreseeable future, more of us than ever are working from home, participating in virtual meetings, and even engaging in happy hours via streaming platforms to maintain social connections. Of course, this all comes at a time when a trip to the med spa for a quick, non-surgical touch-up is off-limits. Given all of the time you now spend on your webcam, we thought you would appreciate some helpful advice about how to look your best. Whether you’re on Zoom, FaceTime, Skype, or another video streaming platform while working from home … Continue reading »

Staying in Shape When the Gym’s Closed

For people who regularly exercise at the gym or swim laps, the extended quarantine poses challenges for staying in shape. It’s time to get a bit creative because exercise is more important than ever during these stressful times. And at Stoker Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, we’re concerned about our patients’ overall wellness. In this blog post, we’ll offer some ideas about exercising at home and remind you that it’s important to get outside at least once a day to keep your skin healthy (with sun protection, of course!). In addition to the ideas offered here, check out information from … Continue reading »

Postponed Cosmetic Surgery? Use This Time to Get Healthy

If you had to postpone plans for cosmetic plastic surgery, either at our Los Angeles practice or elsewhere, you can look at this unexpected delay as an opportunity to ensure you’re as healthy as possible once the procedure is rescheduled. Being as healthy as possible before plastic surgery, whether it’s rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, a tummy tuck, or any other procedure, is important because it can help ease your recovery and reduce discomfort. We’ve heard a lot about the importance of the body’s immune system and eating well, and leading a healthy lifestyle gives a boost to that system. Getting Healthy … Continue reading »

Stoker Plastic Surgery Will Soon Resume Consultations & Treatments with a New ‘Safer Appointment’ Process

In compliance with the Governor’s Shelter-in-Place order, we have temporarily suspended in-person appointments in favor of secure virtual sessions. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and ask for your support as we do our part to protect our patients and staff. While we are waiting on guidance from the Governor, we are actively preparing to welcome you back to the office soon. We are adapting our scheduling process and extending our hours to minimize patient overlap and maximize convenience. Please read on for important information about our new process. In the meantime, we invite you to join us … Continue reading »

Cosmetic Surgery Trends for 2020

Rapid technological advancements in aesthetics coupled with the spread of social media have led to an era of what seems like never-ending cosmetic trends. At our plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles, we often see patients who are interested in looks that have captured the public’s imagination. That’s fine, but we also counsel patients to have realistic expectations. A few years back when Kim Kardashian jump-started the buttock augmentation craze, I consulted with a number of women considering Brazilian butt lift surgery. I made sure they understood that enhancing their curves wouldn’t result in them looking like Kim. A few … Continue reading »

Why Facelift Surgery is Different for Men

Without question, men in Southern California feel pressure to maintain a youthful appearance that communicates masculinity. Aging takes its toll on the face, etching wrinkles and creating jowls that can make you look much older than you feel. Facelift surgery is one answer for Los Angeles men when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon who understands that the techniques used for male facelifts are different than those for female patients. Not only can facelift surgery help men appear younger, research shows it can influence the way co-workers and acquaintances perceive them. In a first of its kind study, plastic surgeons … Continue reading »

Be Wary of Nonsurgical Neck Lift Promises

A number of noninvasive or minimally invasive procedures promise improved neck contours: BOTOX® Cosmetic, KYBELLA®, liposuction, laser treatments, ultrasound energy treatments such as Ultherapy®, and the list goes on and on. Each procedure has unique benefits, and at my plastic surgery practice in Los Angeles, I can help determine if a nonsurgical treatment option is right for you. Even though these procedures are effective for the correct patients, I’ll explain in this blog post why only a surgical neck lift can address certain conditions. The neck is an area that often reveals signs of aging earlier than other facial features and … 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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