About Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Tom Pousti La Jolla / San Diego Cosmetic 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.
After 20 years of extensive medical and surgical training, Dr. Tom Pousti is double board certified in General Surgery as well as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. While Dr. Tom Pousti had studied and performed the fine art of plastic surgery, he understands that there are constant advances in plastic surgery technology and has incorporated the latest cutting edge advances into his daily practice.
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. During the consultation, Dr. Pousti will let you know if you are a good candidate for surgery and which procedure will help to achieve your specific goals.
Dr. Pousti performs markings prior to every surgery. Measurements and markings are a key part to achieving the patient’s desired results and promoting symmetry.
In some cases, Dr. Pousti performs markings the night prior to surgery in addition to the morning of surgery.
Performing the markings the day prior to surgery allows Dr. Pousti and the patient time to prepare and properly plan for the procedure.
Dr. Pousti strongly believes in individualizing every surgery to meet each patient’s expectations. He encourages every patient to choose ‘goal pictures’ that represent their ideal surgical outcome.
Dr. Pousti will meet with his patient’s again the morning of surgery to finalize the surgical plan and review the patient’s expectations and goal photos. Markings are checked several times prior to the start of surgery to promote accuracy and the best possible results.
Dr. Pousti spends the time with each patient the morning of surgery to review the patient’s likes and dislikes. The patient’s goal photos/posters are brought into the operating room for Dr. Pousti to refer to throughout the procedure.
Dr. Pousti performs plastic surgery in a hospital O.R. with a highly skilled team of Anesthesiologists, nurses and technicians to enhance patient comfort and to provide peace of mind to patients and their families.
Dr. Pousti now uses the Keller Funnel method initiated in 2009 for all Silicone Gel Breast Augmentations. He keeps up with all advancements in the cosmetic field for better results and the patient’s experience.
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Dr. Tom Pousti attended undergrad at UCSD, where he graduated first in his class, magna cum laude. He received his M.D. degree at the University of California Irvine. At U.C. Irvine College of Medicine, Dr. Pousti was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Society Scholarship Award, which required him to be in the top 5% of his medical class. In 1990 he was awarded the Excellence in Surgery Award, and in 1994 he received the “Resident of the Year” Teaching Award. After five years of General Surgery Residency at UC Irvine Medical Center, Dr. Tom Pousti did a two year Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Harvard in Boston, Mass.
Dr. Tom Pousti strongly believes in giving back to the community. He has volunteered at the VA hospital, and has gone to Guatemala to perform surgical procedures for the residents that were in need.
Dr. Tom Pousti also is a mentor for medical students throughout the community including students attending UCSD and several other colleges.
Medical Student Testimonial:
“Dr. Pousti was a wonderful preceptor for me, especially since plastic surgery is the field I want to go into. He operates every day of the week, 3-4 surgeries a day… which is rare for a surgeon doing elective procedures. Because of his massive amounts of experience, he is one of the best surgeons in Southern California. We had patients fly in from all over the country and the world to meet him. I had a great rotation experience, being in both the OR and office every day. He provided me with tons of reading and assignments pertaining to the field. His staff and office are very friendly. Everyone was willing to teach and aid in my educational experience. Overall, this is hands down the best rotation experience I have had this far. He is a genius when it comes to plastic surgery, and we are very lucky that he is willing to work with our students!”
Dr. Tom Pousti is a native of San Diego, where he grew up. His father is a retired Plastic Surgeon who practiced in San Diego for over 25 years. Dr. Tom Pousti has been married for 19 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. 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.
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Board Certified, American Board of General Surgery(1996)
Board Certified, American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Board Re-Certification for American Board of Plastic
& Reconstructive Surgery (2007)
Board Re-Certification for American Board of General
Plastic Surgery Fellowship
Harvard / Brigham and Women’s / Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA 1995-1997
Internship and General
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
Orange, CA 1990-1995
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Member, American Society for Plastic Surgeons
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery