Dr. David Stoker
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What Should I Look for in Tummy Tuck Before-and-After Photos?

Browsing before-and-after photos is a huge part of the research prospective patients do while looking for the best surgeon to perform their tummy tuck. At my plastic surgery practice near Los Angeles, many of the women and men I treat are drawn in by the results they’ve seen me create on TV shows like The Biggest Loser. The transformations speak for themselves. However, there’s more to a great tummy tuck than you might notice at first glance, and it’s important to know what you should be looking for as you browse through potential surgeons’ galleries. Let’s look at a few … Continue reading »

When Is the Right Time for a Tummy Tuck?

For anyone considering a tummy tuck at my plastic surgery practice near Los Angeles, choosing the right time for surgery is a crucial part of the planning process. Selecting the right time in your life to have the procedure done will help you enjoy your results for as long as possible, keep your risks of complications low, and make sure you have the positive and rewarding experience you deserve. So when is the right time for a tummy tuck? Here are a few things to consider. When you’re maintaining a stable weight While a tummy tuck can remove remaining stubborn … Continue reading »

The C-Tuck: Is it a Thing?

There is never a shortage of trends when it comes to the aesthetics field, and often the ones that get the most buzz are those that seem too good to be true. One such example is the so-called “C-tuck,” which involves having a cesarean section immediately followed by a tummy tuck. At my Los Angeles practice, I have fielded questions about this combination, but I don’t recommend it (or perform it). In this blog post, I’ll explain why. An OB-GYN Isn’t a Plastic Surgeon A tummy tuck is a complicated procedure and plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform this … Continue reading »

When Is a Mini Tummy Tuck Worth It?

  Many potential tummy tuck patients are intrigued by the idea of having a less invasive surgery with a smaller scar. It’s no surprise the mini tummy tuck is a tempting option—but it’s not right for everyone. How can you determine the best tummy tuck approach for you? At my Los Angeles-area practice, I consult closely with patients to help them select the most effective and least invasive approach for their unique goals. Read on to learn about the differences between these procedures and what you should keep in mind as you consider your options. Full Tummy Tuck vs. Mini … Continue reading »

What Happens to Your Belly Button During a Tummy Tuck?

Tummy tucks are well-known for their ability to produce a toned, contoured stomach. But moving the skin and tightening muscle can have an unintended side effect: changing how your belly button looks. One of the easiest ways to spot a low-quality tummy tuck is an unnatural-looking bellybutton. Without attentive care and proper techniques, it can become weirdly shaped or seem “misplaced” on the body. My tummy tuck patients in Los Angeles know they can trust me to create a flattering, natural-looking belly button. But how exactly does a belly button “change?” And what does the process involve? What exactly happens … Continue reading »

Choosing a Mommy Makeover Before Reaching Your Goal Weight

Pregnancy and weight gain can take a physical toll that can be difficult to overcome. The pressure to “bounce back” physically after having kids frustrates many women. When they learn about the mommy makeover, they are excited to get back their pre-baby body. This combination of popular procedures (such as a breast lift and a tummy tuck) has produced great results for my Los Angeles patients. Even though a mommy makeover can transform your body, there are a few questions to ask before scheduling an appointment. Most doctors recommend being at your “ideal weight” before undergoing surgery. But why is … Continue reading »

How Soon After Giving Birth Can I Get a Mommy Makeover?

Stories about celebrity moms “bouncing back” from pregnancy and wearing bikinis weeks after delivery put unrealistic pressure on women who have recently had children. Many of these non-celebrity moms exercise and eat right, but can’t regain their pre-pregnancy shapes within just a few months. That’s because it’s one thing to lose weight gained during pregnancy, but other physical changes such as excess abdominal skin and saggy breasts can only be corrected with surgery. Enter the Mommy Makeover. At my Los Angeles plastic surgery practice, I offer women the option of combining multiple procedures in a single operation that addresses the … Continue reading »

Post-Weight Loss Surgery: Effective Treatment Options & Recovery

Losing weight is a major life change, and it can be frustrating to put in all that hard work—only for your slimmer shape to be hidden under a lot of loose skin. Surgery after weight loss at my Los Angeles practice helps patients put the “finishing touches” on their new bodies to complement their hard-earned results. In this blog post, I’ll answer a few of the questions I most commonly receive from prospective patients about post-weight loss surgery recovery, limitations, and possibilities. What are the different types of post-weight loss surgery? Patients considering plastic surgery after weight loss are often … Continue reading »

Tummy Tuck: Recovery Timeline and Tips

When I consult with patients considering a tummy tuck at my Los Angeles practice, they’re looking for the best plastic surgeons who can offer great results with as short a recuperation period as possible. Recovery time is one of the most common concerns regarding this surgery. Recovering from a tummy tuck can be and generally is a smooth and comfortable experience, as long as you know what to expect. My goal is to take care of you from the initial consultation to your follow-up appointments, helping you stay healthy, optimistic, and in love with your results. In this blog post, … Continue reading »

It’s Called a Panniculus, and You Can’t Remove It by Working Out

Abdominal skin stretched by pregnancy rarely snaps back into place after having children. It can happen, especially for younger mothers whose skin still retains most of its elasticity. For most women, however, that loose skin remains even for people who dedicate themselves to eating right and working out. For some patients, I recommend a modified form of a tummy tuck called a panniculectomy at my Los Angeles-area practice. The panniculus is the apron of excess abdominal skin that hangs over the waist after weight loss, and surgery is really the only solution for people who feel self-conscious about their appearance. … 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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