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5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Dr. Pousti is an Amazing plastic surgeon and a kind soul

I just had my third surgery with him, and each one has been so wonderful from the beginning, throughout the recovery, and the final result. He's the best at breast augmentation and spectacular and innovative at revision breast augmentation. I highly recommend him, his staff, and his team at the surgery center.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

The most amazing Doctor ever!!!!

Hello Dr. Pousti, I meet with with Dr. Pousti back in March of 2016. I have always had problems with my breasts. They were uneven and were saggy even at a young age of 14. I never felt comfortable in bathing suits, even T-shirts where always a problem. My self esteem was always down when it came to my breasts and I was severely self conscious. I went to many different consultations with...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Great experience /first surgery

Dr. Pousti has always been very professional and made me feel comfortable. I had some time restraints with recovery. He gave me realistic recovery timeframe and goals to meet. The ladies in Dr. Pousti's office are so sweet and helpful. I couldn't ask for a better staff and Doctor. I would recommend him to my girlfriends... Actually I have. He gave me a pair perfect for me.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

40 Yr., Old Requiring RRevision - San Diego, CA

My interactions with Dr. Pousti and his staff have been very pleasant and comforting. Since my procedure on July 19th (4 weeks ago), they have not seized to call me everyday, or every other day to see how I am doing. Thus the level of service and personal care has been unconditional and loving. Emotionally, the recovery has been very lengthy, but only because I traveled for an extensive amount of time to an under-developed country, then upon my trip I developed jet-lag, which led to a few days under the weather and then immediately after that I had my surgery. Then, 9 days later, I was scheduled to begin training and a lot of reading for a new position I had committed to prior to my decision. Therefore, if I can give any of you some personal-professional recommendation, it would be to make sure you set aside a good two to three months for the physical and emotional recovery this particular procedure requires, and try have about a week or two of down time prior to the procedure. During this time, you can concentrate on meditation, avoiding any illnesses, decisions that will require constant attention, etc. Now, keep in mind, my procedure was not your typical breast augmentation, mine required a capsulectomy, replacement due to rupture and leakage, thus perhaps that is why it was more traumatic. Also, perhaps when I was 23 and 30, when I went through my first and second procedure, I was younger, and less worried; as Dr. Pousti put it, you can now appreciate and understand this type of procedure now that you are older- I know what he meant. Where as then I only had about 4 days of down time. This time around, I have felt more in-tuned, and because I know what the procedure entailed, I knew how important it was to care from my drain, the importance of eating a balanced meal, and caring for my emotional well-being. Vanessa and Daisy knew what I was going through every time we spoke. They were comforting and always reassured me that little by little I would begin to feel better. In short, I cannot feel more grateful with Dr. Pousti and his staff. He was truly a blessing and my family and I are very fortunate to have had the opportunity to receive his care.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Revisionary Breast Implants from Saline to the Cadillac Silicone Implants! - San Diego, CA

I highly recommend this Doctor for more reasons then you have time to read. He is the embodiment of a person who has the required skill & talent to acheive exceptional results that are not cookie cutter in their approach.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Petite Mother of 2 needs/wants luscious lady lumps. 5'3", 107lbs, 350cc moderate plus, silicone gel - Oceanside, CA

I am only 11 days post op but I can already tell that I am going to LOVE my new breasts. When I decided I wantwd to get my boobs done, I wasted no time. Dr. Pousti and his staff worked with my timeline and got me in for a consultation very quickly. I knew right away I wanted him to do the procedure and didn't look any further. He has a certain kind of humble confidence about him. His bedside manner is awesome and he has a great sense of humor. His entire staff is a pleasure to deal with and I look forward to my visits, even though it's a far drive for me. I highly recommend Dr. Pousti for breast augmentation surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift with Implants

Great choice if you want perfect results

As a healthcare employee, I am very cautious about selecting my doctors. I research them and put them through a series of questioning until I find the most excellent one. I seek perfection in everything, which is why I am picky about my doctors. Dr. Pousti turned out to be the best choice I made. The result that I got was what I had always dreamt of having. He makes the impossible happen. He's...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Wonderful results

I am s/p day 2 of breast augmentation and the surgery was excellent. The OR staff was professional and amazing. Really a great experience. I cant wait to see my breasts soon, my scar revision and ear lob fix. I am so happy to have chosen Dr Pousti and his staff! Stay tuned for review of my actual results :)

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Removal

Implants Removed 4/23/15. SOOO HAPPY!!!

BA January 21, 2011...size 400cc/450cc...fast fwd October 2013. Muscle/joint/hip pain, chronic fatigue, rib cage felt as if I was hit by a train (it still comes and goes). My eyes would literally close at work...it was hard to stay awake. I had to take power naps during my am/pm and lunch breaks to make it through the day. Months later more symptoms: tingling 24/7 hands/feet, brain fog,...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

Best Thing I Ever Did - San Diego, CA

One visit will explain everything. Everyone one in the office makes your feel right at home. Even the other patients are warm and welcoming.

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Personal Statement

Dr. Tom Pousti, double board certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in Reconstructive and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and is dedicated to restoring appearance, self-esteem, function, and quality of life to his patients. Dr. Pousti is noted for his warm, personal demeanor and has passion for his work.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery - General and American Board of Plastic Surgery

Memberships

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Consultation Fee

$100

Awards & Recognition

Awards:
San Diego Best Top 3 Surgeons, 2013 - 2014
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Pousti has hospital affiliations at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Alvarado Hospital.

Education

  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: University of California San Diego
    Medical: MD, UC Irvine College of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: University of California, Irvine Medical Center Orange, CA, 1995
    Residency: General Surgery, University of California, Irvine Medical Center Orange, CA, 1995
    Fellowships:
    Plastic Surgery, Harvard, Brigham and Women's, Children's Hospital Boston, MA, 1997
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Harvard

Treatments offered at Pousti Plastic Surgery

Blog Posts and Articles

Breast Implant Size Reduction

Breast implants have become quite popular with women of all ages. For the young as well as the older women, breast implants can help improve proportions, restore the body after childbirth or weight loss and also can help camouflage congenital issues such as pectus excavatum or tuberous breast deformity. There are many reasons why women choose to have breast implant surgery. Some women choose to have very large breast implants placed and it is important for them to know the...

Case Studies for Male Pectus Excavatum Cosmetic Surgical Procedure in Male Patients

Pectus excavatum, also known as funnel chest is a malformation of the anterior chest wall in which the ribs and the sternum are depressed or sunken-in. PE is the most common congenital deformity and occurs in 1 to 2% of the population with males being more prominent. Chest wall disfiguration attributable to pectus excavatum is an aesthetically and sometimes functionally debilitating deformity requiring surgical modification. That is where Dr. Pousti comes in. Dr. Tom Pousti is...

Emotional Ups and Downs After Plastic Surgery

For many patients, plastic surgery is a life-changing experience, both physically and mentally. Many people considering surgery to improve their looks do not realize that they may also experience some emotional ups and downs. There are a number of positive psychological benefits that contribute to the patient’s boost in confidence and self-esteem. However, some adverse emotional side effects may also be involved, such as depression and anxiety. Cosmetic surgery can be very exciting,...

The Economy and Plastic Surgery

The number of Americans having plastic surgery is growing as the economy improves. Could increased plastic surgery procedures be a sign of better economic times? Due to the challenging economy the past few years (lowest point in 2008), some plastic surgeons had to close their offices completely or move in with other surgeons to help with overhead costs. San Diego Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti has been in private practice for over 14 years and therefore has a solid...

Emotional Ups and Downs After Plastic Surgery

For many patients, plastic surgery is a life-changing experience, both physically and mentally. Many people considering surgery to improve their looks do not realize that they may also experience some emotional ups and downs. There are a number of positive psychological benefits that contribute to the patient’s boost in confidence and self-esteem. However, some adverse emotional side effects may also be involved, such as depression and anxiety. Cosmetic surgery can be very exciting, yet,...

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Tummy Tuck Recovery

I think it is best to prepare for a “recovery” of 4 weeks after tummy tuck surgery. Descriptions of recovery times shorter than this, in my opi... READ MORE

What Can I Do to Get Rid of Swelling After Tummy Tuck Surgery?

Thank you for the question. As always, it is best to be seen in person ( by your plastic surgeon) for precise diagnosis and treatment... READ MORE

What Are Things I Should Be Doing to Prepare for Breast Implant Surgery?

Thank you for the question. Some common advice patients are given prior to surgery include avoidance of aspirin/anti-inflammatories or other... READ MORE

Tummy Tuck - Swelling After 4 Weeks

4 weeks post op surgery is too soon for the swelling to subside. Abdominoplasty is a very invasive surgery, swelling and bruising is very normal... READ MORE

5 Months After my Tummy Tuck with Lipo, and Looks Like I'm 3 Months Pregnant Sometimes

I agree with the other surgeon's that possibly you didn't have the muscle tightening OR it has come apart because that is not a typical tummy... READ MORE

What Does "Drop and Fluff" Refer to in a Breast Augmentation? Will They Get Larger?

The phenomenon of “dropping and fluffing” occurs several weeks to several months after breast augmentation surgery.  The breasts appear larger as the ... READ MORE

Implants Don't Seem Big Enough! Will They Eventually Get Bigger?

Thank you for the question. In my experience, breasts do seem larger as the breast implants “drop and fluff”. I see this phenomenon on... READ MORE

Breast Lift Recovery

Breast lift recovery is relatively easier than most operations we perform. This is because there is no “muscle work” involved ( as opposed... READ MORE

Can Breasts Still Even out and Drop 4 Months After Augmentation?

Thank you for your question. Your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to an accurate assessment of your situation, advice,... READ MORE

Can I Stop Wearing my Compression Garment 12 Weeks Post-op TT?

Thank you for the question. I suggest you “burn” the garment at your earliest convenience. Best wishes. READ MORE

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Massage For Breast Implant Revision

See the breast massage technique for bottoming out or lateral displacement revision breast surgery. WATCH VIDEO

Nipple Reduction Surgery Potential Results (GRAPHIC)

Nipple Reduction Surgery, Breast Surgery, Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Pousti Plastic Surgery of San Diego WATCH VIDEO

Clothes Fit Better with Breast Augmentation Surgery

Clothes Fit Better with Breast Augmentation / Breast Implant Surgery, Pousti Plastic Surgery of San Diego WATCH VIDEO

En Bloc Breast Implant Removal (GRAPHIC)

Dr. Tom Pousti explains what en bloc breast implant removal is and under what circumstances it is performed. WATCH VIDEO

Taylor Describes Her First 3 Months of Recovery After Her Breast Augmentation Surgery

Dr. Tom J. Pousti shares this video of his patient, Taylor, who describes in extensive detail what her experience with her breast augmentation surgery has been like. WATCH VIDEO

Getting a Body Lift After Massive Weight Loss (GRAPHIC)

Dr. Tom Pousti performs a body lift on this patient who had recently lost a significant amount of weight. WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.