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Dr. Tom Pousti

Dr. Tom Pousti is a skilled cosmetic plastic surgeon who is dedicated to improving the self-confidence and quality of life of his patients. Dr. Pousti has extensive training in cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Pousti is double board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Tom Pousti and his staff offer a broad range of cosmetic, plastic, and reconstructive procedures. Dr. Pousti treats many individuals who have acheived massive weight loss and helps them complete their transformation with a “body make-over”. Dr. Pousti also performs a high volume of breast implant operations as well as body contouring and facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Pousti schedules plenty of time for all consultations, to allow for careful examination and thorough patient education. He wants to completely understand your expectations and goals and will work with you to devise a customized treatment plan that will give you the best results. He will show you his large collection of before and after photos, so you can get a good idea of what can and cannot be expected through surgery. You will be able to speak with patients who have had the same procedures that you are contemplating. Dr. Pousti understands that you need to feel comfortable, confident and informed to make the best decisions.

Tom Pousti, MD

Pousti Plastic Surgery of San Diego

8851 Center Drive, Suite 300

La Mesa, California 91942

Phone: (619) 466-8851

Pousti Plastic Surgery of La Jolla

7301 Girard Avenue, Suite 203

La Jolla, California 92037

Phone: (858) 454-6888

Pousti Plastic Surgery of Temecula & Riverside

29995 Technology Drive, Suite 103

Temecula / Murrieta, CA 92563

Phone: (951) 501-9822


Breast Augmentation Eyelid Surgery
XL Breast Implants Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)
Silicone Breast Implants Neck Lift
Breast Reconstruction Liposuction
Breast Reduction Liposuction for Men
Breast Lift Thigh Lift
New High Strength Gel Forehead Lift
Pec Implants Gynecomastia
Breast Surgery Arm Lift
Tuberous Breasts Gender Reassignment
Symmastia BOTOX® Cosmetic
Pectus Excavatum Dermabrasion
Nipple-Areola Repair Laser Hair Removal
Face Lift Scar Revision
Liposuction Dermabrasion
Tummy Tuck Laser Skin Resurfacing
Abdominoplasty Laser Tattoo Removal
Surgery after Massive Weight Loss Nose Surgery

  • Dr. Pousti's Videos


    Rhinoplasty (Nose)

    I have gotten rhinoplasty done. I was 17 when I did it, and I am extremely pleased with the results. Dr. Tom J. Pousti, is absolutely amazing. He truly knows what he is doing and is dedicated to making his patients happy. I am truly pleased with my results, and if I were to do anything, or to recommend anyone, I would certainly think of Dr. Pousti. When I first went into the office, right a way the every one of the workers, including Dr. Pousti, made me feel welcome at comfortable. If I were to go anywhere else, I would not feel the same. Going through rhinoplasty was a rough time, but Dr. Pousti guided me through it and made sure I was doing fine. If anything were to go wrong he let me know he would be there 24/7! I thank him every time I look in the mirror = ) J.B. El Cajon, California


    My experience with Dr. Pousti and his staff has changed me forever. I had come to a point in my life that I had tomake a decision. I eat healthy, I exercise and no matter how lowe my body fat was, I could not loose weight in my “problem areas”. Ladies I think you know what I’m talking about. Genetics are evil in my family. I was unhappy with the way my clothes fit, the way I looked in a bathing suit and was tired of NEVER being able to find a good fit in a pair of jeans. I had done lots of reading and talking to people about plastic surgery in general. I spent a good 8 months thinking about it. I made the jump and started scheduling consultations. I had seen 2 doctors prior to my consult with Dr. Pousti and had just about given up. I had my consultation with Dr. Pousti and that is when I know he was the right doctor. He was kind, truthful and spent alot of time with me. I decided to have the surgery that minute. I was not leaving his office until I had a surgery date. Dr. Pousti walked my through the whole process to make sure that things went smoothly and they did. The nurses were fabulous, the office staff was great! I can’t say enough good things about the whole experience. It has been almost 2 months after surgery and I look and feel great. It has changed the way I think about myself on the outside but more importantly on the inside. Thank you Dr. Pousti. - D.H. La Mesa, California

    Breast Augmentation

    I am a 25 year old mother of two who has been up and down with weight loss, in the mists of my body changes by boobs have suffered a significant change and tissue loss I looked like I had little flat pancakes on my chest and with out a bra on you couldn’t even tell I had breasts, After years of thinking and contemplating I decided to undergo a breast augmentation not to much of my surprise at my first consultation I was told I would need a lift as well, I started my long journey of research on the internet followed by consultations with Doctors, I went to four different consultations before I found Dr Pousti When I walked into his office it was a very warm atmosphere the office staff was pleasant, and when Dr Pousti walked in he was not in a rush and took the time to answer all my questions that I had and was very professional I scheduled my surgery for three weeks later. The day of my surgery I was very at ease with the nurses, and staff at the hospital and especially the anesthesiologist (thank you, thank you, you guys were awesome) and when I woke up it was over and there was barely any pain thinks to Dr Pousti’s Nurse that gave me my prescriptions the next two days were alot easier than I expected pain wise and I was surprised how well I had felt By Friday 3 days later I was off the pain meds and walking around at the mall (don’t worry Dr Pousti I wasn’t lifting or carrying the bags) and the best part was they looked great they were no longer down by belly button they were where they were supposed to be and they actually had volume again my boobs have never been so full as long as I can remember. When I tried on my bathing suit the top that I wore last summer no longer fit I can not wait to go bathing suit shopping for this summer. I am extremely happy with the results and professionalism that I received from Dr Pousti and his staff and I highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in this procedure to make themselves feel happier in there body, and I will be using him again in the future for upcoming procedures. Thank You Dr Pousti you are an awesome Doctor. - S. P. Temecula, California

    Losing Weight Post Pregnancy Prior to a Mommy Makeover

    By Dr. Tom Pousti

    Pregnancy can take a toll on a woman’s body and often results in unwanted changes. After giving birth, many women seek plastic surgery procedures to return to their pre-pregnancy state. During pregnancy, changes in shape and size of the breasts, diastasis of the rectus muscles, and stretchmarks on the abdominal area often occur. However, prior to proceeding with any surgery, a board certified plastic surgeon will recommend waiting until you are finished having children. This is an important decision to consider prior to surgery because, unfortunately, plastic surgery does not guarantee permanent results. Factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, as well as, weight loss, weight gain, and aging or gravity can all affect the results of plastic surgery.

    Many women are motivated to shed post pregnancy pounds as soon as possible through exercise and diet. However, the reality is that no matter how intense and dedicated you are to exercise and a healthy diet, it is frustrating not to see optimal results. Prior to your consultation, it would be in your best interest to reach your ideal weight to allow the surgeon to determine the best and safest possible procedures for your specific case. During the process of weight loss, the body goes through significant changes, which may affect the planned procedure. Weight Loss post surgery may require you to undergo additional surgery to address any major changes of the body. In order to gain the results you would like to achieve, it is crucial that you explain to your surgeon your specific goals. At your examination, the doctor can determine which procedures are necessary to obtain your goals.

    In most cases, many women opt for a mommy makeover. Mommy makeovers may involve multiple procedures including a tummy tuck, liposuction, and breast surgery. It is designed to improve all the problem areas for each unique individual. The extent of the type of procedure would be based on the severity and complexity of each case. A tummy tuck involves major repair of the abdominal rectus muscles, which have been stretched from pregnancy. The muscles are tightened with permanent sutures to provide a small waistline. To improve body contours, liposuction is used to remove excess adipose tissue. The loose and stretched skin in the lower abdominal region is removed as much as possible. By removal of the majority of striae below the belly button area, the quality of the skin on the abdomen is greatly improved.

    Once mothers have discontinued breastfeeding and signs of lactation have resolved, the breasts may appear saggy or empty. They often desire more volume and fullness to improve the breasts’ overall shape and size. Based on the look the patient would like to achieve, the board certified surgeon will recommend breast augmentation with or without a lift/mastopexy or breast reduction. While performing a lift, using an incision around the areola, may allow the doctor to reduce the size of the areola as well. The type of incision used to provide a lift or reduction will depend on the ptosis (droopiness) of the breast and amount of excess breast tissue to be removed. The surgeon may inform you that it is necessary for the procedure to be done in two stages to avoid any healing complications. In any case, make sure to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon prior to proceeding with any surgery to ensure the best results possible.

    Board Certification

    • American Board of Plastic Surgery
    • American Board of Surgery

    Plastic Surgery Fellowship

    • Harvard / Brigham and Women’s / Children’s Hospital
    • Boston, MA 1995-1997

    Internship and General Surgery Residency

    • University of California, Irvine Medical Center
    • Orange, CA 1990-1995

    Professional Organizations

    • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
    • Member, American Society for Plastic Surgeons
    • Member, American Medical Association
    • Member, San Diego County Medical Association
    • Member, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
    • Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery