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Dr. Tom Pousti

Plastic Surgery
La Mesa, CA
male

Locations

Office

La Mesa, CA

Address

8851 Center Drive, Suite 300, La Mesa, CA
Directions

Insurances accepted

PPO

About

Bio

Dr. Tom Pousti is a native of San Diego, where he grew up. Dr. Tom Pousti has been married for 22 years to his wife Marjan. Together they have 5 children, 3 boys and 2 girls. He enjoys playing soccer, beach volleyball, reading, playing the piano and also coaching his son’s recreation soccer teams. Dr. Tom Pousti is noted for his warm, personal demeanor and a passion for the details of cosmetic surgery that lead to extraordinary results. Establishing a personal relationship that allows him to understand his patients concerns and desires is a key part of his consultation process. Dr. Pousti’s practice not only draws from all over the United States, but also from all over the world-Italy, Japan, England, Spain and Australia-to name a few.

Specialties
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Plastic Surgery

Languages spoken

Persian

Doctor Q&A

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Many...: Seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons. Discuss your concerns and goals. Learn about the potential risks/complications associated wit... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Possibly but…: Patient should always check with their own surgeons before using any type of medication. There surgeons will know their situation, allergy history, a... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: Assuming a young man has achieved a long-term stable weight and there are no “causative agents” involved, surgery may be indicated to treat persistent... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Varies...: Gynecomastia, if persistent, is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the per... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes: It is possible to reduce the breasts size very significantly.  The concern with the amount of tissue removed is related to blood flow to the remaining... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Prob Not Indicatated: Most patients in your situation, do not benefit from liposuction surgery alone. Tummy tuck surgery is usually indicated for patients with your history... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask Surgeon: Your best resource will always be your plastic surgeon who will be able to provide you with more specific/relevant advice, depending on exactly what ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Complicated.: Only you will know whether the decision to have had breast augmentation done was “wrong” for you. If you are displeased with the outcome of the proced... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Patient Pleasing: An “ideal” patient for breast reduction surgery is one who presents with relatively large breasts in proportion to the remainder of her torso. These ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Physical Examination: Most of the abdominoplasty operations are done through a transverse lower abdominal wall incision. Sometimes, if patients have a significant amount o... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
None.: There are no specific exercises that will help improve the appearance of gynecomastia. The excess tissue is superficial to the pectoralis major muscl... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Be Careful…: There are no safe/effective medication, cream, herbs, or nonsurgical method to significantly increase breast size. Be careful about believing heavily... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends...: Much will depend on your physical examination. If you are at all a candidate for abdominoplasty surgery, the aesthetic results of abdominoplasty surg... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
No.: Breast implant surgery will not have any effect on your ability to get pregnant; anecdotally, I have had many patients who report pregnancies soon af... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
See Plastic Surgeon.: Congratulations on your successful weight loss. Once you have achieved long-term stable weight, seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeon... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Seek Consultation: I would suggest that you seek consultation with board certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience achieving the types of out... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes...: I have had the opportunity to work with several men interested in breast implants ( to feminize the chest wall). This is a different situation from t... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
May be...: Seek consultation with well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons to discuss your goals. Only after careful history, physical examination, lab... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends...: Most patients undergo breast reduction surgery are able to breast-feed. However, much will depend on the specific technique utilized. Generally, breas... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
See Surgeon.: Best to be seen by your surgeon who is in the position to accurately diagnose and advise treatment for the “large mass”. If it is a residual "mass" ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Varies.: Whether or not a “birthmark" should be removed at all depends on the specifics of the birthmark. The appropriate age for removal, if necessary, wil... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
See Doctor: There is no way to target a specific body part when it comes to weight loss and breast size. Achieving a long-term stable weight will probably start w... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask Surgeon.: The only resource that you should heed is your plastic surgeon,  who knows exactly what was done, how you are progressing, what you are planning on do... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask Surgeon.: Although online forums can be useful, these types of questions should only be answered by your surgeon. Remember that he/she knows your situation best... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
18: Unless there is a congenital breast anomaly such as constricted/tuberous breasts, it is best to wait until patients are at least 18 years of age bef... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Safe Operation.: Breast augmentation surgery is generally a very safe procedure as long as some guidelines are followed. Seek consultation with board-certified plastic... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Well Tolerated: Generally, breast reduction surgery is one of the most patient pleasing operations we perform. It is also relatively well tolerated with most patients... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask Dr.: These types of questions are always best asked of your surgeon. He/she knows exactly what was done, how you are progressing, and what type of work/ac... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends...: If by “stiffness” you mean firmness of the tissues that were treated with liposuction surgery, it may take 1 to 3 months for the inflammation/swellin... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes : Yes, you should be able to have nipple piercing after breast augmentation surgery. Be careful!
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Many Months: Generally, it takes many months for swelling to resolve after tummy tuck surgery and it may take up to one year  (or greater) for complete skin redrap... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Possibly.: There are many risks associated with breast lift surgery, one of which is change or loss of nipple/areola sensation. Important to learn about the pros... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Check with Surgeon.: Elevated temperature/fever is a sign of a postoperative complication. Therefore, best to inform and preferably see your plastic surgeon for evaluatio... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Scar Revision: Much will depend on the physical examination. If scars are raised or depressed, scar revision surgery may help improve their appearance. Unfortunately... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes : Patients under the age of 18 may undergo elective surgery with parenteral consent. Liposuction is indicated for patients who present with isolated are... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
C Surgeon: It is most likely that you are experiencing breast implant leakage, unrelated and separate from any type of tumor growth. For accurate diagnosis and ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes : Most cases of pubertal gynecomastia dissipate with time. If persistent, it is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tis... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Many Resources.: I would suggest starting with the american society of plastic surgery and/or the aesthetic society of plastic surgery to obtain a list of well experie... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Depends on Situation: I have found that gynecomastia, if persistent, is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Anesthesia Choices?: Yes, there are many alternatives to propofol. Propofol is an excellent medication used for many patients; however, other medications such as benzodiaz... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Yes.: If the donated money is being used for personal “cosmetic surgery”, i would consider this weird or unethical.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Nerve Irritaion: It sounds like you may be experiencing irritation of the local nerves after liposuction surgery. This may be related to localized injury and/or infla... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Possible.: One of the potential ( very rare) complications associated with liposuction surgery is injury to underlying structures. Careful selection of plastic... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Months: Majority of swelling after breast reduction surgery dissipates within the first few months after the procedure. However, the breasts will continue to ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Commonly Done.: These procedures are commonly performed together. The nose and chin ( as well as other facial features) should be in “harmony”. See a well experience... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Varies.: Recovery will vary from one patient to another. However, most patients and surgeons underestimate the recovery time necessary with abdominoplasty surg... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Ask Surgeon.: Your wife's surgeon will have a list of do's and don'ts which she should follow carefully. On this list will be medications, herbs, nicotine products…... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Cup Size: It will be important to communicate your goals carefully. In my practice, I use goal pictures to help with this communication process.  i would also ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Not a Good Idea: You should not undergo tummy tuck surgery or any other type of elective surgery while in the recovery phase of addictions. Patients should be medical... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Tummy Tuck Scar: Each patient is different but generally, for a standard tummy tuck the incision is usually hip to hip. Another option (depending on your physical exa... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Aug 10, 2013
Dr. Pousti is a dedicated, devoted and hard working plastic surgeon and well rounded physician with an incredible work ethic who seeks perfection in all his efforts and undertakings. His results are ...Read More
Feb 13, 2015
Dr. Pousti is an excellent plastic surgeon. His knowledge and bedside manner are world class. I worked with him and refer my patients to him because I trust him and his work.
Apr 1, 2013
Dr. Pousti is one of the leading plastic surgeons in the region. I would highly recommend him for someone considering plastic surgery.
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thank you! I did go to cardio & he confirmed my PVC were anxiety & cleared me and I did we'll in surgery. Now on anti depressant & it helps
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Although this is not my question, I have a teenage son that struggles with acne which, at times, seems like an uphill battle. Thanks for your advice.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Many people said lipo caused weight gain so I'm scared but I want it. I heard tumescent lipo has better results and more people are happy

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Graduated 1990MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of California - San Diego
Graduated nullMD

Residency

University of California Irvine Medical Center

Residency

University of California Irvine Medical Center

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, San Diego, CA - Winter
2013
Most Influential, Third Place, San Diego, CA - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, San Diego, CA - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American College of Surgeons
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
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