I am a 41 years old - Best Decision I Ever Made - San Diego, CA

I am a 41 years old and have been fighting my...

I am a 41 years old and have been fighting my weight gains and losses ever since I was 23 years old. In high school I thought I looked ok .It was't until I married and and had 2 children that my weight problem got serious .Every year the pounds just kept adding up until I was at 265 pounds and didn't know how I got there. I tried many different weightless programs, and always seem to put the weight back on just as fast as I lost it. After 2 years of hard work at the gym at watching what I ate ,I managed to loose 80 pounds,which left me with what I called my "skin tutu" around my middle and my breast hung down to my waist, which my kids referred to as my "cuddle buddies" because they laid on the bed next to me.

The more I lost the worst I looked! I wanted to love the body I worked so hard to get, but that isn't what happened. The skin would just hang worse every pound I lost I wanted to love my body. I started looking on the internet at "mommy makeovers" before and after pictures ,and at people like me who lost a lot of weight ,and wanted the skin removed .I would say for every 10 women that I found, that I looked like in there before pictures, and loved their after pictures, 8 out of those 10 women where done by Dr. Pousti. I looked at before and after pictures for at least a year prior to my surgery,wondering if I should do this or not.I was scared of what was involved and how I would look after.I didn't want to look like one of those women who have surgeries and look worse afterwards. Well, with the love and support of my fiancé ,my children,my parents and my friends, I decided to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Pousti.

The day of my consultation, my fiancé and my mother came with me to my appointment .We went to Dr Pousti's office in Murrieta, Ca. The moment I walked in,it felt so right. The women who work there were not just stunningly beautiful on the outside, but on the inside. They made me feel so comfortable and at ease! Dr Pousti came in and looked at me and said he thought I would have amazing results. He suggested to have a extended tummy tuck and a breast reduction, with some liposuction. I weighted in at 207 and knew I had more weight to lose.I wanted to have this surgery in January when my business is slower.Dr Pousti suggested that an ideal weight he would like me to be for surgery was 180 pounds.

Well, I was within a few pounds of my goal when surgery day arrived. About 1 month prior to my scheduled surgery, my fiancé found out he had Thyroid Cancer.I wasn't sure if I should cancel my surgery with Dr. Pousti. When I came in to see Dr.Pousti he could see I was nervous about my fiancé's news. Dr Pousti asked who the surgeon was and he personally called every ENT Dr. That he knew to see if anyone had heard of this surgeon ,and what his experience was. He called me personally the next day to tell me of his findings. Dr Pousti didn't have to make those calls, but he did,and that meant the world to me. He doesn't just care about me, but also about the man I love. My fiancé had his surgery and it was a success!

The day before my surgery my fiancé, and my mother came with me to Dr Pousti's office in La Mesa ca. He did all his markings of what was going to remove, where he would cut and where he would lipo.He marked my breast so I would have my best results. We stayed at my aunt's house ,which was close to the surgery center , and is where I stayed for the first week after surgery. My mom was my nurse for the first week! I can't thank her enough for helping me . I stayed at my aunts because Dr.Pousti wanted me to stay close by so he could check on me post surgery.

The day finally arrived , and we arrived at the surgery center. Dr Pousti uses the same surgery center, with the same anesthesiologist and the same nurses and assistants. I was so scared and everyone calmed me and made me feel comfortable and so special. They were very professional , and they had a way of making you feel like you were their only patient! Dr Pousti came in and checked his marking and did some minor adjustments ,and then they took me back to the operating room. I woke up 8 hours later 6 hour surgery 2 hours of recovery,and I felt like I just got there.

The feeling I had was the feeling of tightness! I'm not going to lie week 1 was the hardest week but it was worth it! He installs a pain pump that numbs the incision area. I had 4 drains 2 from my breast and 2 from my pelvic area. They sent me home the same day of surgery. I really Don't remember too much as I was still really groggy. I stayed at my aunts house and slept in a recliner for the first week.

Dr Pousti and his wife were so kind to check on me the first night after surgery! They even brought me flowers! Never have I heard of a Dr. Doing this before. The compassion and love he has for his patients is very apparent! He has always made me feel like I was his only patient, and his # 1 priority ,even though I know he has many more patients. The nurse or office staff called me everyday to check on me! Everyday was easier than the day before.I got around with my trusty walker,my BFF after surgery! Dr Pousti told me that after surgery you go through an emotional state,but what found was not what I expected at all! I was expecting tears of pain and thought of regret, but that isn't what I had at all! I never once thought why did I do this? The emotions I felt were eye opening to my life! The tears I shed were tears of love and joy and how lucky I am to have parents who took care of me for 6 weeks,a fiancé who supported me, no matter what I wanted to do, and my daughters, who stood by my side the whole time. Then the flowers, the cards , and the txt messages came from friends ,and clients thinking about me. The love I felt was overwhelming! Every tear I shed, were tears of joy of my life,my new body , and my new life to come! This whole experience was the best thing I could have ever done! The most important thing is I truly feel like I was led to Dr. Pousti, and the results I got are amazing! He is a true artist of the body! He knows what will look the best and what is needed and not needed. He doesn't just make you feel like he's just your surgeon ,but your friend, with your best interests in mind! The surgery is going to change my life for the better ,and can't thank him enough!

San Diego Plastic Surgeon

Not only was he a doctor but he was also a friend and supporter for me I cant even explain what a wonderful experience I have had.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Congratulations! I am getting ready for a mommy makeover on March 26th and am curious about the black loops you used to hold your drains. What are they and how did you attach them to your clothes? Also, I was trying to figure out how you set them up to hold the drains in the shower. Thanks so much for sharing!
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Congrats on your weight loss. What a difference! I'm glad this has been such a positive experience for you, and I hope you'll keep us updated as you continue to heal.

On a different note, I'm really sorry your family had to go through thyroid cancer. I hope your husband is doing well and is healing, too!

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Suzette-
I want to see Dr. Pousti! I am 26 and pregnant with my second child, but I have been looking into mommy makeover surgeries ever since having my first. I've never been heavy, but childbearing made my belly skin loose and I got stretch marks, of course. I have seen so many amazing pictures on his website that I told myself I am going to see him no matter what it takes(I live in the Midwest). I think its so important to find a good surgeon that gives his patients good results. I have had doubts about having surgery in the past because I have seen people come out of surgery with tummy tuck scars that are absolutely horrific and their belly buttons look disturbing. I couldn't imagine paying all that money to get results like that. All of Dr. Pousti's patients have cute belly buttons, low scars, and flat tummies. I'm glad you shared this information. I can't wait for my surgery one day! :)
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