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Tummy Tuck and Breast Lift Changed my Life Forever
- posted 3 years ago
- updated 3 years ago
- Worth It
- Cost: $16,000
- Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS (San Diego, CA)
I would like to think of myself as an informed...
- 24 Aug 2009
I would like to think of myself as an informed consumer. I’m not at all an impulsive person, especially when it comes to something as significant as my health. When I first started considering having a cosmetic procedure done I consulted with my husband and we both agreed that there were several factors we needed to consider.
First, the procedure would have a lasting effect on my life. Second, it would come with associated expenses. Third, it would require effort on my part to prepare for the surgery. Fourth, the procedure would include some temporary discomfort and a continued commitment post op for me to maintain the results I desired. And fifth, we would want to make the most educated decision possible on who we would want to perform the procedure and that person would most undoubtedly have to be the best.
We spent the next several months researching the procedures I was interested in having done and then concentrated on which doctors specialized in those fields. The extra effort my husband put into this search paid off as I have been rewarded with an amazing outcome from my surgery with Dr. P. What a small price to pay for such fantastic results!
After viewing thousands of before and after pictures from various other doctors, it became very clear to us that not all surgeons were created equal. What was evident to us was that Dr. P is tremendously talented and that he has an ability to visualize what is required to produce the best result for each of his individual patients.
Dr. P has the unique ability to make me feel like I am his one and only patient regardless of how many patients he has in his office at the time, whether I am on the phone with him, speaking with him in person, or meeting with him during an appointment. He is receptive to patient input but does not hesitate to offer his insight and professional opinion on what procedures to do, OR not to do, to yield the best outcome.
This alone must have impressed me the most about him. Dr. P is not the type of doctor that would consent to doing something for any patient that would not produce the best result nor would he try to encourage any unnecessary or extra procedures. In fact, if the outcome did not warrant a specific procedure he was very honest in saying that it did not need to be done.
Viewing the pictures on Dr. P’s website convinced us that he deserved to be a part of our continuing research. We learned that the rate of complications drops drastically in proportion to the number of times the surgeon has performed the particular procedure. We found that Dr. P had done our procedure more than 700 times.
Also important to us was that the doctor we selected be board certified in the applicable discipline. Dr. P is certified not only by the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery but also by the American board of General Surgery.
We were also impressed by the number of patients referred to Dr. P who were seeking revisionary surgery to correct other’s mistakes. Doing so shows Dr. P’s versatility and expertise in being able to handle these more complicated cases.
Through our studies we learned that many plastic surgeons attempt even the most complicated procedures in their offices. We viewed the fact that Dr. P has hospital privileges and that he opts to perform surgeries at a full service facility as an additional professional endorsement. It also is an indication that he cares enough about his patients to assure every resource would be instantly available in the very remote chance some additional unexpected care became necessary.
We do not live in the San Diego area but Dr. P and his staff are well equipped to handle fly in patients. We could’ve avoided the additional travel expense by having the surgery done closer to home but we would not have found a comparable Doctor.
We could find no one with Dr. P’s similar results within hundreds of miles of where we reside and we felt that paying less would be no bargain if the desired results weren’t achieved. Doing the surgery right the first time would be far more important to us than saving a little bit of money and then having to endure pain and suffering from a lack of desired results.
Dr. P’s staff is among the most professional, friendly and competent group of people we have ever met! Our phone calls were always promptly returned. They were knowledgeable and remembered me from the first phone call and each subsequent phone call thereafter. If I asked a question they were unable to answer they were very willing to find out the answer and return my phone call immediately.
Dr. P had a way of making us feel comfortable from our very first phone consultation with him. He offered us in depth answers to every question we asked. No question or concern we had was treated as trivial. He never made us feel as though he was pressed for time. He seems to treat all of his patients with dignity and respect as he has done so with us during this entire experience.
Dr. P was not hesitant at all to provide us with multiple prior patient contacts so we could inquire about their experience with Dr. P, their surgery, their recovery, and their overall experience.
Once we arrived in the San Diego area we received several unsolicited comments from people in the medical field congratulating us on our choice of surgeons. There was no incentive for these people to share with us their experiences but they were unanimous in their praise of Dr. P and his entire staff.
Dr. P has a dedicated Operating Room staff at the facility where my surgery was performed. They too were professional, friendly and competent. It seems wherever we went people knew of and had respect for Dr. P and his work.
After my surgery we received a phone call every day from either Dr. P himself or one of his staff inquiring about my health, reminding me to do my deep breathing and exercises, and asking if I had all that I needed to keep me comfortable during the critical recovery time. I received these calls even on the weekends.
Following the surgery I received a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Dr. P with a card wishing me a successful recovery. Receiving the flowers were a very unexpected surprise. Knowing what I know now about Dr. P however it is certainly no surprise that he took the time to make sure I knew he was thinking about me during my recovery period.
The proof of Dr. P ’s competence really is in the results of his patients. I am an actual patient of Dr. P and have received no compensation to promote him or to write this letter. I have no motive but to simply thank him for my new body and to offer my absolute endorsement to anyone considering a cosmetic procedure with Dr. P and his staff!
Lisa from Mobile, AL
My Doctor: Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
Without hesitation we would recommend Dr. P to anyone considering any type of plastic surgery procedure. He is confident, professional, very experienced, and has a unique way of making each of his patients feel that they are his #1 priority! Do not look any further. Dr. P is the best possible choice you could make for your procedure.