Tummy Tuck

Loose skin, stretch marks and fat on the abdomen are among the most common reasons people seek help from a plastic surgeon. In some cases, they have excess skin and fat on the abdomen from significant 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 women and men, the best way to reclaim a youthful form is with a tummy tuck in my Los Angeles practice.

Tummy Tuck
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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This 46-year-old New Yorker knew she needed a skilled surgeon to help with her loose abdominal skin. After years of living with obesity, she decided she had had enough, and shed over 120 pounds through hard work, diet, and exercise. She kept the weight off, but unfortunately, her skin did not "snap back" afterward. She decided to fly from... Read More
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This 32-year-old woman lost approximately 150 pounds through diet and exercise. She underwent two stages of surgery by Dr. Stoker. First he performed a buttocks lift, thigh lift and tummy tuck with a circumferential incision around her waistline. He later performed a Laser Bra breast lift and arm lift. These photographs were taken before and three... Read More
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This 35-year-old woman was a former model, but despite doing her best to maintain a slim figure, she could not alter the deflated look of her breasts and the excess, saggy skin on her abdomen that appeared after having children. Wanting to improve her body's appearance, she decided to pursue plastic surgery in Los Angeles, hoping to find a talented... Read More
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This 42-year-old woman worked out vigorously to achieve the figure she wanted, but she could not fix the changes in her lower abdomen, upper thighs and breasts that occurred following her pregnancies. After some consideration, she decided to find out more about plastic surgery in Los Angeles and ultimately, she contacted Dr. David Stoker for a consultation.Since... Read More
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This 29-year-old woman had a severe amount of sagging skin on her abdomen and in her breasts following her multiple pregnancies. At her age, she felt that her body looked too old and worn, not at all reflecting how old she really was. Wanting to do something about it, she researched plastic surgery in Los Angeles and found Dr. Stoker's Practice.When... Read More
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This 64-year-old woman desired an extreme makeover following a gastric bypass that resulted in a 100 pound weight loss. She wanted to remove much of the extra skin that remained. Dr. Stoker performed in two stages a tummy tuck, pubic lift, buttocks lift, laser breast lift and reduction, and power-assisted liposuction. She is shown before and four... Read More
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This 47-year-old mother found that her body had changed substantially since having children. She felt that her breasts appeared "empty" because they had lost much of their volume, and she was unhappy with how her abdominal area seemed to stay flabby even when she tried normal methods of diet and exercise to reshape her body the traditional... Read More
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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

Tummy tuck surgery, technically called abdominoplasty, is one of my favorite operations to perform in Los Angeles because of the dramatic improvements my 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.

Why choose Dr. Stoker?

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 American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (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.”

Mommy Makeover

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.

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.

Why Choose Dr. Stoker
Professional Resume

Tummy Tuck

The Procedure

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.

I make tummy tuck incisions as low as possible on the abdomen–just above the pubic area–so patients can wear virtually any bikini bottom, low-cut pants, or any other fashion that reveals most of the abdomen. The location and length of the incision is something I discuss in detail with patients during their consultation so they know what to expect. Typically, the length of the incision depends on the amount of skin that needs to be removed.

tummy tuck options

Mini Tummy Tuck

In some cases, I can perform a modified tummy tuck, otherwise known as a mini tummy tuck. The benefit of this procedure over a full tummy tuck is that the incision is much shorter–about 6 inches. Candidates for a mini tummy tuck are women whose concerns are limited to the area below the belly button. These women usually have a small flap of excess skin they want to remove and are at their target weight. The surgery doesn’t include upper abdominal skin or repairing and tightening abdominal muscles.

In The Media

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Explore Further

Most of my tummy tuck patients have a list of questions about the procedure and recovery when they arrive for their consultations. The information included on the pages listed below may help answer many of those questions.

Recovery

Following a tummy tuck, patients should take at least one week to recover before returning to work, but this varies depending on the extent of your surgery. It’s best to gradually ease back into your exercise routine and avoid strenuous workouts for at least 6 weeks after your tummy tuck. I provide detailed post-op instructions to all patients, and it’s very important that you follow them closely to help you recover as quickly as possible and to minimize the risk of complications.

Take the first step toward restoring your body with a tummy tuck. Request a consultation online or call our office at  (310) 300-1779.

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Our expertise extends beyond plastic surgery. We offer an extensive range of non-surgical treatments administered by our talented, experienced team of aesthetic providers under the guidance of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Stoker.

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