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Leadership

Dr. Tom Pousti has successfully completed the John C. Maxwell Certification Program and is recognized as a certified John. C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker. Dr. Pousti’s passion is to make a difference in other’s lives and some of the programs that help with this are:

  • Becoming a Person of Influence
  • Everyone Communicates, Few Connect
  • How to be a REAL Success
  • Leadership Gold
  • Put Your Dreams to the Test
  • 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth

DEFINITION OF SUCCESS:
KNOW your purpose
GROW to your potential
SOW seeds that benefit others
Dr. Pousti, among a select group of others, have joined the John Maxwell Team. Dr. Pousti is aligned with the top leadership expert in the world, John C. Maxwell, to grow both personally and professionally and receive the knowledge, training, years of experience, and the life-long support, that is needed to become a top leader. Dr. Pousti is not only an accomplished Double Board Certified plastic surgeon with a thriving San Diego based surgical Practice, but is also a coach, teacher, trainer, and speaker.

Medically reviewed by Tom Pousti, MD, FACS, and written by The Pousti Plastic Surgery Team.

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Arm Lift Incisions

Arm Lift Incisions

With regards to Arm Lifting surgery, each patient is unique and the way one patient scars may be much different from the way another person may scar. Dr. Pousti is an expert in performing Arm Lifting procedures in order to minimize visual scars through proper incision practices. The below images are some examples of Arm Lift patients post-op, illustrating sample incision lines and scars.


Patient 6 Weeks Post-Op

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FAQ XL Breast Augmentation

XL Breast Augmentation Post-Op FAQ

 

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Q: How long do I need to be off of work?
A: It is recommended that you take one week off of work after XL breast augmentation surgery and continue to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 4 weeks after the surgery. I also ask patients not to drive for 7-10 days after surgery, or until off all medications and can react to an emergency when driving.

Q: How long will I have to wear this special bra?
A: Normally, the bra will need to be worn for 4 weeks. There are reasons why the bra is important and following San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon’s, Dr. Pousti, directions will give you the best possible results. Each patient is different and so the recovery will also be different. After 4 weeks, a comfortable non-underwire bra with support is OK.

Q: When can I start to exercise?
A: Dr. Pousti does not recommend heavy weight lifting or strenuous exercise until 6 weeks after the procedure. Patients may resume lower body exercise 10 days post-surgery.

Q: When can I shower after this procedure?
A: It is recommended not to fully shower until the tapes are removed approximately 4-6 weeks post-op.

Q: When do these tapes come off?
A: Steri-strips come off 4-6 weeks after surgery, as long as they stay clean and dry during that time.

Q: How do I keep the steri-strips dry?
A: Please place a layer of gauze over the steri-strips.

Q: Do I have stitches that have to be removed?
A: No sutures need to be removed for this surgery- they dissolve.

Q: Do I have to do any special exercises to massage the implants?
A: There will be exercises that Dr. Pousti and his office staff will review with you. Generally, we perform downward massage for XL breast augmentation patients to help with the settling of the breast implants into the pocket that was created. Follow your surgeon’s advice as to how long and how forcefully to perform the breast massage.


 

Post op Downward Massage Video

 

 

How to Remove Steri Strips

 

Use of Silicone Sheeting

 


Q: What is drop and fluff?
A: The phenomenon of “dropping and fluffing” occurs several weeks to several months after breast augmentation surgery. The breasts appear larger as the implants “settle” lower on the chest wall. The nipple/areola complexes appear higher on the breast mounds as this occurs.

Q: Will I be able to sleep on my stomach? On my side?
A: In general, approximately 2-3 months after surgery, one is able to sleep on their stomach. You can sleep on your side within a week or two of surgery (with pillows for support).

Q: I feel like I am “too large” or “too small”!
A: We suggest that you allow for at least 3-6 months before you evaluate the end result of surgery. It can take up to 12 months to see the final results.

Q: When can I remove the Surgical Stockings?
A: Remove 1-2 days post op surgery as long as you are getting up and walking around.

Q: When should I stop taking Herbal Supplements/Dietary Supplements?
A: We ask that you stop 2 weeks prior to surgery and resume 2 weeks after surgery

Q: When can I go into Ocean water/Pool/Hot tub
A: In general, 2-3 months post op. We need the incisions to be healed 100%.

Q: Is Constipation normal?
A: Yes, constipation after surgery is quite common. The way to reduce constipation is to ween off of pain medication as soon as possible, use stool softener, eat high fiber foods, prune juice is helpful and staying hydrated is very important.

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Choosing your Plastic Surgeon and Communicating your Goals for Surgery

 

See & Hear Taylor’s Experience with her Breast Implant Surgery

 

One Month After Taylor’s Breast Implant Surgery: Patient Advice for Recovery

 

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

 

Before and After Breast Augmentation – Patient Achieving Her Goals

 

First Post-Op Appointment – Breast Augmentation Surgery

Life is an emotional rollercoaster; sometimes you feel up, and sometimes you feel down. This is exaggerated after any surgical procedure. We should keep the perspective that this is normal during the recovery process and that it will pass. Our office staff are here to help you get through the recovery process.
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Revisionary Breast Augmentation Incisions

Revisionary Breast Augmentation Incisions

With regards to Revisionary Breast Augmentation surgery, each patient is unique and the way one patient scars may be much different from the way another person may scar. Dr. Pousti is an expert in performing Revisionary Breast Augmentation procedures in order to minimize visual scars through proper incision practices. The below images are some examples of Revisionary Breast Augmentation patients post-op, illustrating sample incision lines and scars.


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XL Breast Augmentation Incisions

XL Breast Augmentation Incisions

With regards to XL Breast Augmentation surgery, each patient is unique and the way one patient scars may be much different from the way another person may scar. Dr. Pousti is an expert in performing XL Breast Augmentation procedures in order to minimize visual scars through proper incision practices. The below images are some examples of XL Augmentation patients post-op, illustrating sample incision lines and scars.


Implant Exchange – Saline Overfilled (1,000cc) Patient (2 Weeks Post-Op)



Revisionary Breast Surgery (7 Weeks Post-Op)

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Breast Lift 1, 2, 3 Incisions

Breast Lift 1, 2, 3 Incisions

With regards to breast lift surgery, each patient is unique and the way one patient scars may be much different from the way another person may scar. Dr. Pousti is an expert in performing breast lift procedures in order to minimize visual scars through proper incision practices. The below images are some examples of breast lift patients post-op, illustrating sample incision lines and scars.


Breast Augmentation Patient


Anchor Mastopexy Patient (5 Weeks Post-Op)


Anchor Mastopexy Patient (9 Weeks Post-Op)

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Breast Augmentation Incisions

Breast Augmentation Incisions

With regards to breast augmentation surgery, each patient is unique and the way one patient scars may be much different from the way another person may scar. Dr. Pousti is an expert in performing breast augmentation procedures in order to minimize visual scars through proper incision practices. The below images are some examples of breast augmentation patients post-op, illustrating sample incision lines and scars.


Patient 6 Weeks Post-Op




Patient 6 Weeks Post-Op


Patient 4 Months Post-Op

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FAQ Symmastia Post-Op

Symmastia Revision Surgery Post-Op FAQ

 

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Q: How long do I need to be off of work?
A: It is recommended that you take one week off of work after breast augmentation surgery and continue to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for 4 weeks after the surgery. I also ask patients not to drive for 7-10 days after surgery, or until off all medications and can react to an emergency when driving.
 
 
Q: How long will I have to wear this special bra?
A: Normally, the bra will need to be worn for 4 weeks. There are reasons why the bra is important and following San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon’s, Dr. Pousti, directions will give you the best possible results. Each patient is different and so the recovery will also be different. After 4 weeks, a comfortable non-underwire bra with support is OK.
 
 
Q: When can I start to exercise?
A: Dr. Pousti does not recommend heavy weight lifting or strenuous exercise until 6 weeks after the procedure. Patients may resume lower body exercise 1-2 weeks post-surgery.
 
 
Q: When can I shower after this procedure?
A: 1 week post-surgery with the waterproof band aid, IF given the OK by Dr. Pousti.
 
 
Q: When do these tapes come off?
A: Steri-strips come off 4-6 weeks after surgery, as long as they stay clean and dry during that time.
 
 
Q: Do I have stitches that have to be removed?
A: No sutures need to be removed for this surgery- they dissolve.
 
 
Q: Will I be able to sleep on my stomach? On my side?
A: In general, approximately 2-3 months after surgery, one is able to sleep on their stomach. You can sleep on your side within a week or two of surgery (with pillows for support).
 
 
Q: I feel like I am “too large” or “too small”!
A: We suggest that you allow for at least 3-6 months before you evaluate the end result of surgery. It can take up to 12 months to see the final results.
 
 
Q: When can I remove the Surgical Stockings?
A: Remove 1-2 days post op surgery as long as you are getting up and walking around.
 
 
Q: When should I stop taking Herbal Supplements/Dietary Supplements?
A: We ask that you stop 2 weeks prior to surgery and resume 2 weeks after surgery
 
 
Q: When can I go into Ocean water/Pool/Hot tub
A: In general, 2-3 months post op. We need the incisions to be healed 100%.
 
 
Q: Is Constipation normal?
A: Yes, constipation after surgery is quite common. The way to reduce constipation is to ween off of pain medication as soon as possible, use stool softener, eat high fiber foods, prune juice is helpful and staying hydrated is very important.
 
 
Q: Will I have drains after surgery?
A: Yes, most likely you will have drains in place after surgery and they will be removed once the drainage is less than 15-20cc/ drain.

 

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Life is an emotional rollercoaster; sometimes you feel up, and sometimes you feel down. This is exaggerated after any surgical procedure. We should keep the perspective that this is normal during the recovery process and that it will pass. Our office staff are here to help you get through the recovery process.

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Medically reviewed by Tom Pousti, MD, FACS, and written by The Pousti Plastic Surgery Team.

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FAQ Labiaplasty

Labiaplasty Post-Op Instruction

 

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1. Sleeping on a supine position (flat on your back) for 1 week.
 
2. Keep a pillow under buttocks to reduce swelling.
 
3. 3 days of complete bed rest. Shuffle to and from the restroom when needed.
 
4. Use baby wipes unscented pat the area clean for personal Hygiene and after using the restroom (please do not wipe)
 
5. No driving for 3 days post surgery or until off narcotic pain medication completely.
 
6. Please apply ice on the area for 3 days after your surgery to help minimize your swelling and bruising. Use a thin pad before icing the area, never apply ice directly to the skin, incision site.
 
7. Please take the medications as directed. Antibiotic medication is for 3 days, pain, and nausea medication is taken as needed. Never on an empty stomach and always space out the medications.
 
8. Diflucan medication is to help prevent or treat a yeast infection. Sometimes after taking antibiotics patient may get a yeast infection. Please take the diflucan medication if needed.
 
9. If you develop a rash or think you are having an allergic reaction to the medication please call our office immediately. Sometimes Benadryl will help.
 
10. Constipation is very common due to the pain medication and anesthesia, please use Colace over the counter or any laxative that has worked with you in the past. You may start taking something to help prevent constipation 2-3 days post surgery.
 
11. You may start to shower 3 days post surgery. Please note that you will have some dry blood. When you shower, the water may seem tinted. In the shower you may use mild soap; please keep the area clean and dry at all times.
 
12. No ocean water or pool water for 6 weeks post surgery or until the incisions is fully healed.
 
13. No tanning or sun exposure to the incision until your incisions has healed completely.
 
14. Please do not put scar creams or ointments on the incision immediately after surgery, you may irritate the area or cause an allergic reaction.
 
15. Itching is normal the first few weeks post surgery.
 
16. You may expect the area to be swollen for a few weeks. This is why it will also take time to see the final results for your surgery.
 
17. Its recommended that you don’t look at the area for the first 6 weeks post surgery; there will be a lot of swelling, areas will look irregular and bumpy. This is all normal in the healing process.
 
18. No strenuous activity, such as sports, running, dancing, etc for at least 6-8 weeks post surgery.
 
19. No tampons for 6 weeks.
 
20. No sexual activity for 6 weeks.v
 
21. If there is redness on the incision line or it feels tender, please call our office.
 
22. Incision lines and final results may take up to about a year.
 
23. Please come in for your follow ups and if you are coming from out of town, please send us photos closer to 6-8 weeks post surgery.
 
24. Please call us with any concerns Mon-Friday 8:30am-5:30 pm at 619- 466-8851.
 
 
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Life is an emotional rollercoaster; sometimes you feel up, and sometimes you feel down. This is exaggerated after any surgical procedure. We should keep the perspective that this is normal during the recovery process and that it will pass. Our office staff are here to help you get through the recovery process.

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Medically reviewed by Tom Pousti, MD, FACS, and written by The Pousti Plastic Surgery Team.

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