Tummy Tuck Techniques

Abdominoplasty, also called a tummy tuck, provides many women and men with a dramatic improvement in the appearance of their abdominal areas. Most of the abdominoplasty procedures I perform in my practice near Los Angeles include the following elements:

  • Extra skin and fat of the lower abdomen is removed through a lower abdominal incision.
  • Abdominal muscles are tightened, creating a much flatter abdomen.
  • Loose skin of the upper abdomen is then pulled down like a window shade, smoothing the skin and fatty bulges of the abdomen.
  • The belly button is repositioned, and the skin around it is pulled down to a much lower location.

I’d be happy to discuss tummy tuck techniques with you in person. Simply request a consultation online or call our office at  (310) 300-1779.

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.”

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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.

There are different types of tummy tucks depending on patient needs. There’s also a large variation in techniques among surgeons. Here, I’ll elaborate on each element of my tummy tuck procedures that leads to superior results. Review my Tummy Tuck FAQ page for additional information.

Incisions (Scars)

I use modern plastic surgery techniques to create the best-looking scars possible. The main scar for a tummy tuck is located at the lower abdominal waistline. I design my scars to be particularly low so they’ll be concealed when wearing low-cut bathing suits, pants or other clothing. In the 1980’s, it was fashionable to have high-cut bathing suits, and many surgeons still place the scars high on the sides. Unfortunately, those scars are visible with today’s fashion. I discuss scar position with my patients and plan the incisions to fit their lifestyle. In general, the longer the incision, the more skin may be tightened and removed.

Muscles

During pregnancy, the rectus abdominis (“six-pack”) muscles of the abdomen are stretched apart. For many women, the muscles don’t return to their original position after pregnancy. We call this condition diastasis recti. For these patients, I tighten the abdominal muscles without cutting any muscle by using secure two-layer sutures for the fibrous fascia surrounding the muscles. For patients who don’t have a diastasis recti, such as young weight-loss patients, it may not be advantageous to tighten the muscles. Those patients have an even faster recovery from the operation.

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
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Belly Button (Umbilicus)

There’s a large amount of variability among plastic surgeons in the appearance of the belly button following abdominoplasty. I have my own special technique to accomplish the following goals with the new belly button:

  • Hide the scar by placing it slightly on the inside edge
  • Remove some fat surrounding the umbilicus to recreate youthful contours
  • Use a crescent- shaped skin excision to create a natural appearing upper fold of skin
  • Deepen the base of the umbilicus to create an “innie” belly button (unless an “outie” is requested)
  • Bury the external sutures so that stitch marks are not visible on the tension free closure

Each of these details contributes to creating beautiful belly buttons for my Los Angeles tummy tuck patients.

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Pubic Lift

Rejuvenating the pubic area (mons pubis) is an important part of my abdominoplasty procedures. Many surgeons overlook the opportunity to refine the pubic area. I include lifting and tightening of the pubic area as an integral part of the tummy tuck procedure. In my consultations with patients, I’m able to show the dramatic enhancement a pubic lift will add to their tummy tuck result.

These are just a few of the many surgical refinements I use to obtain the best possible results from the tummy tuck procedure. To learn more, request a consultation online or call  (310) 300-1779.

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Non-Surgical Enhancement


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.

If you have a treatment in mind, review our complete offering of non-surgical services. If you need a little help deciding, narrow down your options with our interactive treatment planner.