Pasadena and Beverly Hills Abdominoplasty Patients Driving for Surgery

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Located to serve all of Los Angeles, Marina Plastic Surgery Associates is seeing more Long Beach and Beverly Hills abdominoplasty patients make the drive to Marina Del Rey to benefit from the experience of Dr. Grant Stevens and Dr. David Stoker.

Dr. Grant Stevens and Dr. David Stoker, board-certified plastic surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates (, say they are seeing a rise in the number of women and men who prefer to make the short drive from Pasadena or Beverly Hills for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) from a practice widely known for its satisfying plastic surgery outcomes.

"Our office has been serving patients throughout Greater Los Angeles for years and it's certainly not a huge drive, but right now we just seem to be attracting a high number of patients from areas like Long Beach and Pasadena," says practice founder Dr. Grant Stevens. "The quality of our results and the satisfaction of our patients are always our top priorities - that's the real reason more patients are willing to add a few minutes to their drive to see us."

Dr. Stevens and Dr. Stoker offer a full range of procedures beyond body contouring. They are seeing increased interest in combining abdominoplasty with other surgeries such as breast augmentation, a procedure commonly called a "Mommy Makeover." These procedures have gained immense popularity with area moms by combining the abdominal tightening and fat removal effects of a tummy tuck with an enhanced breast appearance.

"Many of our new patients also say they're drawn to us because we place a high priority on the uniqueness of each patient, which not all surgeons do," notes Dr. Stoker. "Adding procedures to a tummy tuck helps Beverly Hills and Los Angeles patients get a custom-tailored result that reflects their specific cosmetic needs."

Trust is an important factor when selecting a plastic surgeon. Although some doctors will recommend a "mini" tummy tuck for most patients because it is less expensive and less invasive, Dr. Stevens and Dr. Stoker say that often traditional tummy tucks offer much better results in the long term.

"The mini tuck can get excellent results for the right patient, but for most moms in particular, it's just not enough. It's a question of prioritizing results that will last," explains Dr. Stevens.

Not all people who are considering abdominoplasty will be candidates for a tummy tuck. Some Beverly Hills, Pasadena and Long Beach residents traveling to Marina Del Rey will find that the surgeons recommend a different cosmetic approach, such as liposuction. All procedure recommendations are based on a physical examination and review of the patient's medical history.

"We are fortunate to be a destination that many people feel is worth traveling to," adds Dr. Stoker. "Everyone at Marina Plastic Surgery is devoted to keeping patient satisfaction and cosmetic results at a very high level."

At Marina Plastic Surgery Associates (, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Grant Stevens and Dr. David Stoker offer innovative abdominoplasty techniques. They also perform other popular plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, liposuction, and face lift. After earning his medical degree with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Dr. Stevens trained extensively in both general and plastic surgery before establishing his successful Los Angeles plastic surgery practice. Dr. Stoker earned his medical doctorate from Stanford University, and completed plastic surgery training through multiple residencies and fellowships. Dr. Stoker and Dr. Stevens have both published extensively in clinical research publications showcasing some of the latest developments in plastic surgery procedures, and have gained recognition as pioneers in new techniques for procedures including liposuction and breast reduction.

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