If you are traveling alone, you will need someone to help you after surgery. We can arrange for someone with experience to be with you for the first couple of days. Just let us know that you will be needing this service.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
Best decision of my life. I’m beyond greatful and happy with the new joy in my life that Dr. Pousti has given me. I felt deformed for an entire year after my first BA as things went wrong from the beginning ie deformed cleavage & pain. I have my life and confidence back. Pre op 475 HP unders. Post op 595 HP unders with internal revision. Here is a link to the review of my first doctor. http://www.realself.com/review/plastic-surgery-nothwest-spokane-wa-breast-implants-ba-475-hp-muscle
Very intelligent! Comforting and charismatic. A true master of his trade. It’s hard to put into words just how amazing he was from start to finish, but my life is better after having met him.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
Wow. Just wow. Im living in dubai and i flew to london first for a consultation and walked out knowing something didnt feel right. So i kept researching and came across dr. Pousti. And what a god send he was. So so happy I kept looking. From the pre op session with daisy who was amazing and gave me so much info and made me feel so comfortable. Plus they let me talk to someone who was back in after 10 days for a check up. Was so great to talk to someone who jusy went through it. The communication was on point considering i was in dubai and its been amazing ever since with constant check ups from the nurses as they found my number at the hotel. They literally go the extra mile. Im only 2 days post op it does hurt and i am in a little pain but the pills prescribed really help and put you to sleep so you sleep well. Cannot be more happier. Honestly. 10/10. Thank you a million dr. Pousti and team. Will keep posting further down the track for those who would like to know more. Xx
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
I had my first BA in November 2011 performed by another PS. I was satisfied with the “natural look” at the time but as time progressed I wanted something more. After 8 months of research and deliberation I decided on revisionary ba with capsuloraphy. Every review I found about Dr. Pousti led me to him. This made my decision even more difficult because I love in East Texas and he’s in California. All I can say is it was well worth the trip . From my initial email just inquiring for information to the scheduling, pre-op upon my arrival, surgery and post-op care. Everything was absolute top notch. Dr. Pousti listened to my goals and concerns and followed through to provide me with amazing results.
My interest in BA revision was because I desired a more “perky”, round, full and more upper pole look.
Dr. Pousti recommended the internal sutures (capsulorrhaphy) as well in order to support the larger breasts. I also went from silicone to saline on order to achieve the large and round breast I desired.
My recovery so far has been fairly easy. Much easier than I expected. My BA was performed on Wednesday afternoon. When i awoke after the surgery I felt better than I did after my first BA procedure. After my first procedure I felt like there was an elephant sitting on my chest. It I didn’t feel that way at all this time. I was sore days 1 and 2. Day 2, my husband and I went out to dinner. By day 3, we went around town and out to lunch and dinner. By day 5, I felt good enough to spend most of the afternoon at the San Diego zoo. My recovery has been very smooth this far.
Dr. Pousti and his staff are wonderful. It was comforting meeting the OR nurse that would be in the OR with me at my in office pre-op appointment. Dr. Pousti made me feel very comfortable and at ease. I am just now 1 week post-op and his office has called everyday except Sunday to check on me. I would highly recommend Dr. Pousti.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
Dr. Pousti is everything I wanted in a plastic surgeon. I started my search online and Dr. Pousti definitely lives up to his reviews. I came from outside the country his office staff were extremely accommodating to all of my needs. I wanted to go larger than the existing silicone implants I had and went with overfilled saline implants. He listened to exactly to what I wanted to have done and I am extremely pleased with my results. The office and support staff are extremely professional. His pricing and costs are terrific. I would recommend Dr. Pousti to any friend or relative without hesitation. If I have a need for more cosmetic surgery in the future, I will defiantly return to Dr. Pousti without hesitation. If you are looking for a skilled cosmetic surgeon that you can feel safe with, I definitely recommend Dr. Pousti.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
Today I am exactly four months post op from my tummy tuck. I couldn’t be happier with the results. I love it!! Dr. Pousti and his staff have made this experience enjoyable, if one can say that about major surgery.
Background: I turn 50 tomorrow. I had two c-sections in my twenties, but had always been thin. But, as the years passed, and as my weight began to fluctuate I develop this “flap” that was really affecting my ability to wear certain items that I had always taken for granted. I started to feel fat. Then as I would lose weight, this flap, this ridge, would never go away. So….about four years ago, I started investigating my surgical options.
I googled “Best Board Certified Plastic Surgeons” and +”San Diego.” I stared at the top of the list and over the next two years I consulted with three physicians. I selected physicians in La Jolla because I thought, “You have to go to where the money is at.” Well, they were all technically capable of doing the surgery, but I still wasn’t satisfied for whatever reason. It was in December 2013, while I was shooting footage for a major daytime talk show, that I was over the top and done with my gut. If I didn’t like what I saw on the small screen, imagine what I looked like on someone’s 52-inch high definition television! So, I started researching again. And, again this Dr. Pousti located in La Mesa kept coming up, I had looked at his website no less than 20 times, and I knew I was doing myself a disservice if I didn’t at least meet with him. See, the thing is, I have a natural distrust of doctors, I’ve literally been at death’s door due to negligence. And, what saved me was my instincts. I’m not saying the others I consulted with would be negligent, what I’m saying is that I have to “feel” good about the doctor as a person, and that I can trust them with my life. Otherwise, I really have no respect for the M.D. status.
Well, I met with Dr. Pousti. Finally, who is equal parts doctor and human. LOL I love this man!! He is an artist, and for me a godsend.
At my first consultation, I was placed in a room, and when he came in, we just talked. I told him what I wanted done, and if a tummy tuck is the best option to get rid of the flap. He took the time to actually have a conversation with me about my concerns and was prepared to answer any question I threw at him about himself. He did not come in, look at my body, tell me, “Oh yea, we need to get rid of that,” mark up what he could do, and leave me to his assistant. He shared with me who he was, as a person, about his family, his background, etc. I didn’t have a lot of questions about the procedure as I had already done the research and watched the surgical videos. I just had to determine whether I liked him, and if I felt like I could put my life in this guy’s hands. When I left that initial appointment, I knew that I was going to let him do the procedure. I was schedule for another appointment the following week. It was at that appointment that I scheduled my surgery. It was for three weeks later.
During the next three weeks I had a few pre-op doctors appointments. Finally the big say arrives. Everything went smoothly, and before I knew it was I was waking up.
The next few weeks were interesting. Dr. Pousti had installed a pain pump, so between that, the Oxy, and the Valium, I wasn’t feeling any discomfort. I had a few scary moments when I was coughing, trying to clear my throat. But, it was because I was afraid that I might experience intense pain should I start coughing. I didn’t. I started taking stool softeners on day two, so I had no problems there either.
On day two, Dr. Pousti paid me a house call. A house call!! He showed up with his gorgeous wife, and flowers. He checked me out, and said I was doing well.
On day four, I stopped taking the Oxy. I was tired of the drugged feeling. However, I continued the Valium for another two – three weeks.
On day seven, the pain pump was removed. Didn’t feel a thing,
On day 14, the drains came out. The drains are necessary, but a pain in the ass. And, as I got closer to that two week post op appt, I was ready for them to come out. They had become slightly uncomfortable and irritating. They gave me a local where the drains were coming out. The feeling taking them out was weird, but not painful.
Once the drains were out, I felt like I had a new life. I was so happy, and excited.
The next few weeks, due to having to stay bent over, my back was killing me. Gawd!! It really was painful. The most pain I experienced with the whole thing was the back pain. And, this was with me using a walker.
The main issue I had was my lack of energy. It took a full 8 – 10 weeks before I felt I was back to normal.
It took about 12 weeks or so before I could completely stretch out in the bed.
I’m currently 4 months post-op to the day. I’m feeling fabulous, I look great again (in a bathing suit, and my clothes), and I’m no longer self -conscious about the fat flap.
During those initial pre-op appointments, I told Dr. Pousti that I needed my body back in time for my 50th birthday celebrations in Jamaica. Well…as I type this I’m on my flight to Jamaica. And, I couldn’t be happier with the results.
I can not recommend Dr. Tom Pousti enough. He will always be the guy who gave me my body back, and for that I’m eternally grateful. Oh yea…I must give a special shout-out to Daisy. All of the girls in the office were nice, but Daisy, made me feel special. I will always appreciate her kindness and care during my pre and post op appointments.
1) DON’T BE A HERO!! Get ahead of the pain!! Start taking the pain meeds immediately, and keep taking them until you think you’re good to go. Meaning, you feel like you don’t need them. You’ll know.
2) Hire a nurse for the first day. I had one for the first two days. I viewed it as necessary, and I’m glad I had Gloria there for me.
3) Get the walker!!
4) Get some cheap tank tops and wear them under the compression garment.
I flew in for surgery so I had my pre-op the day before surgery on the 18th May. I shared my concerns and desires with Dr Pousti. I wanted a internal bra and an increase of volume to around 2000-2200cc.
Next day came around quick early start had to be at the surgery centre at 5.45am, so my family dropped me off. Dr Pousti came for a quick visit to go over the pros and cons for this type of surgery. Surgery started at 7.00am and around 10.00am I was calling for my family to come and pick me up, they were already there waiting for me. I felt pretty good not much pain to start with. The nurse wheeled and helped me into our huge hire car.
The next day I was pretty sore from the internal bra so I had to have the pain killers I didn’t need the muscle relaxers. And for a couple of days I needed the nausea pills. With the pain killers block you up so you need to get some stool softeners. Day 3, I went back to Doc office and Dr Pousti said everything looks good. I did ask him about the size of the shells and he put in 650 shells overfilled to 2030cc, he said that the 800 shells would have been far too big for me and I would have had uni-boob problems. I came back on day 7 just to make sure everything was ok and I got the all clear to fly to Honolulu with my family. I took pain meds on the plane just to make sure I didn’t suffer. At this stage I was only taking one pain pill per night. We relaxed in Honolulu for another 10 days which was very nice.
I am now back home (3 weeks post op) still slow but getting much better. Looking forward to taking off the medical bra and bolsters. I will not post any photos until I can take these off. You can have a look for me on Dr Pousti website, its says that I am 41 from Oakland New Zealand as there are photos already there and I will be sending him updates at one month, three months, six months and a years time. I cant wait until six months time to see when they have settled to see a more final result. Many thanks to Dr Pousti and his team of staff.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
Hello, to all of you who are considering a breast revision with Dr. Pousti – Long Story Short: “You are in good hands!”
Here is my journey that I would like to share with you all. I had a breast lift in 2011 with a plastic surgeon in Illinois. I wasn’t pleased with the result and after that I had another breast lift (3 months) after the first surgery, in order to correct the initial procedure. I end it up with very undesirable results; with my breast falling under my armpits and implant malposition – so my nipples where to high and could not be covered up in any bra. The two surgeries and their subsequent, sub-par, outcome had negative physical and mental, effects! Apart from “Hating the way my breasts looked” large scars, infections, sagging, nerve damage, a trip to the emergency room, I also developed a mental depression, started having marital issues, loss of sex drive and more! After the second failed, surgery I started to search for another Plastic Surgeon and after year and a half I decided to fly for my surgery to Dr. Pousti in California. After years of research, I found him, his website, testimonials to be above any other! After exchanging several emails and phone conversations, I knew I found the right person!
So, journey starts here… We wrote emails to each other with photos, my questions and any concerns, Dr. Pousti talked to me over the phone, as did the amazing women who worked there and gave me all the answers before I visited with him.
I flew from Illinois and stayed in Holiday Inn, about a mile from the hospital where I had surgery the next day. Hotel was good, clean, had a swimming pool so you could relax and also a 7/11 twenty feet form the hotel. The next day I went for the first consultation with Dr. Pousti. Helen greeted me with a warming hello and asked me to fill up some papers. While filling out the paperwork, I was able to help myself to a bottle of water plus an apple – they were just sitting in the waiting area in a basket, along with other refreshments, for all to enjoy.
I was very pleased with the way the staff treated me. I was treated like a person, and not like a number! The staff gave me as much time I was needed in the office at the first consultation to answer all my questions. For example I could touch all the breast implants so I could feel them that I could not do in the past. Daisy one of the employees, was with me in the room, talked to me, and helped me with getting the medication from the pharmacy that was conveniently located on the first floor!
She spent a good 30 minutes with me. Then I met Dr. Pousti, very warm person, good hand grip 😉 – I was welcome, felt like he listened to me and we were on the same page. I brought a poster I made, with exactly what I wanted from my surgery, on the huge piece of paper with pictures I download from Dr. Pousti gallery. He was happy that I did that.
We talked, extensively and went over every last detail! Exactly what I wanted, what I didn’t want and also about what I had in the past (previous surgery) I was very open and honest with him telling him exactly what was done etc. I was very excited talking to him, without family next to you and far away from home I felt everyone want it for me to feel like at home which helped me with the stress going for the third surgery under general anesthesia.
After I got all the information from Dr. Pousti again we went over everything before he let me go to the hotel. I was prepared and felt safe in his hands. I knew he would do everything to fix what was done in the past by different surgeon.
The next day started at 6am, my surgery was at 9:15 but I had to be there at 7:15.
I checked in, and they asked me to fill out some paper work and they took me to the room. There was a nurse, I believe her name was Sue, very warm and carrying lady. Sue told me to dress myself (hat, awesome socks, slippers and gown)
They started an IV, and then the doctor came in. We went over what we talked the day before, size what I want, don’t want and he started marking with a Sharpie on me, believe next Picasso ( in California) They took some pictures and took me to another room to lay down to draw more on me. Next step, I walked to the operating room and what I remember was when Dr. Pousti grabbed my one hand and the nurse grabbed another and the next thing is when I was at the recovery room. I think I got emotional and the tears of joy went down. J I was so happy! Dr. Pousti came and said everything he did is A+, everyone at the operating room were so pleased and happy for me.
My recovery started when my friends picked me up form the hospital and we drove to San Marcos.
Two days after I went to visit Dr. Pousti and everything went great. We talked over and over about my recovery what to do what not to do etc. Then he surprised me and asked me if I could talk to 4 women who were planning a breast lift which were sitting in the waiting area. I was very happy talking to them about my journey and helped them answer all their questions and addressed their concerns. All 4 women scheduled a surgery that day with Dr. Pousti.
Next and last visit was on Saturday; everything went perfect I got some t-shirts from DR. Pousti, which I will use them in my pictures when I will heal J
Again I said thank you to Dr. Pousti and the amazing staff and flu home the next day to Illinois. He gave me high quality support bras, at no charge, tension socks for the flight home, and a couple “Body by Pousti” tanks! Little things…..but they sure count!
Since that every day Dr. Pousti called me twice asked me how I feel, and to tell me please stay in touch and to tell me take it easy. He knows I have Two kids that wants mommy J Thank Good for my wonderful husband and all his support and my brother who take care of my kids while I was in California. It’s almost two weeks after my surgery and they are still helping me. While writing this review Dr. Pousti surprised me with his phone call, yet again!
I feel like a person with heart, while under Dr. Pousti’s care! He and his staff are constantly taking care of you, especially after you leave California, and are at home! They show genuine worry and concern, about you, which makes you feel special and with all that I believe that you heal easier and you have always someone to answer all your questions.
I made the choice of my life, to fly for the surgery to Dr. Pousti to California. He made me again a beautiful person inside and out! Dr. Pousti gave me back what the other surgeon took away! I can lead my life now with, my new beautiful breasts, which my husband loves, by the way! My breasts look amazing! And I feel great!
He changed my life forever – Thank you Dr. Pousti for taking the time with me for telling me the truth about the outcome for being such a caring and honest person. I would like to thank all employees at Dr. Pousti Surgical Center for answering my emails, phone calls and being part of my journey.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient: “I am from Canada and I wanted to share how glad I am to have chosen Dr. Pousti to do my latest breast surgery . Last fall after a breast augmentation surgery (here in Canada) I wasn’t really satisfied with the results. After going on the web, I came across a few girls whom I really like the results of their breast surgery and then found out that their Doctor was Dr. Pousti. So I went to his website. I was really impressed but I thought that California was pretty far away from home for a surgery since I live in Eastern Canada.
But after inquiring with out of states patients, I decided to send an email. I was answered pretty quickly. After a few e-mails and a few phone calls with Dr. Pousti, I was convinced and decided to go along with the surgery. Everything went so smoothly, they accommodated me for the scheduled surgery, contacted me by phone and emails and then I flew in the San Diego area.
Dr. Pousti and his entire staff, are warm and friendly, very professional and Dr. Pousti was very honest about the result. The surgery went wonderfully well , the next day I was traveling around the town and feeling just fine! I was very happy with the results (and still am after 3 and a half months). I feel that Dr. Pousti listened to my needs. Back home, Dr.Pousti and his staff checked on me regularly and I always felt cared for even now so far from his clinic.
I am very happy I`ve decided to fly to California to have my surgery done by him. My only regret is not to have heard of him earlier. It would have saved me a lot of unwanted surgeries to get what I wanted.”
JB. from Canada.
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
“As a fly-in patient from the Pacific Northwest, let me start with the most important aspect of selecting Pousti Plastic Surgery “ the people and their professionalism”. I had been contemplating cosmetic surgery for some time to correct a dropping upper eyelid and I knew that my breasts needed some work. The implants I had done 12 years ago simply weren’t perky anymore and I also wanted to go bigger. Visited several PS’s in our area and never really found a PS that I felt comfortable with, I got the impression that they were hesitant with the size I wanted to go to.
My husband and I started looking on the internet and we kept coming up with Dr. Tom Pousti’s name on various sites. Which is where we found Dr. Tom Pousti Surgery website and we were both very impressed with the testimonials on the varies websites as well as Dr. Pousti’s own web pages. I decided to send an inquiry e-mail that was promptly answered by Margie and that in turn lead to a phone discussion with Dr. Pousti. The doctor took all the time that we needed on this phone call. It was very satisfying to finally find a doctor that listened and acknowledged every question, desire and concern I had. One is naturally nervous about going out of country and having surgery done by someone that you have never personally met but when I finally had my in office consultation with Dr. Pousti I was sure that I had made the correct decision. The office consult reviewed all aspects previously discussed and assuredme that we were on the same page with what I wanted to achieve in correcting the droopy eyelids and in obtaining extra large breasts that were more centered with a higher nipple position without having to undergo a breast lift. Dr. Pousti, I love your sense of humour . I had my pictures of what I wanted and left the number of cc’s needed up to Dr. |Pousti. At this time I also met some of the doctor’s wonderful office staff. I want to take this time to thank all of the office staff. An extra special thank you to Helen and Daisy whom I got to know very well during my stay in San Diego.
The very morning I was off to the surgical center, again it was all about the “wonderful people” that staff the center. From the time you walk into the clinic I was very well taken care of. Thank you to all staff at the surgical center. Sorry that I can’t remember all the names, but you all know who you are.
Dr. Pousti came and did his drawings on my eyes and breast and we chatted again about the picture of the new breasts that I wanted. Once in the operating room, Dr. Pousti kindly held my hand while the other doctor put me to sleep.
I woke up with new eyelids and the march larger breasts that I had wanted. Dr. Pousti told me that what was needed for the size I wanted was 1220 cc’s of the saline implants. I know sounds kinda scary, but my body type just seems to swallow implants. So basically I went from a C cup to a DDD or G cup.
I am extremely happy with the work on my eyelids and excited about my new beautiful big breasts.
Thank you Dr. Pousti and all your wonderful staff.”
Dr. Pousti has a large number of patient’s flying in from different towns / states to have their procedure performed by him. Many people find San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr. Pousti on the internet and want to know how to get started from out of state. We try to make the experience smooth and easy. Some of our patients come and visit the sites in San Diego such as the world famous San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Cove, Downtown Del Mar, Old Town San Diego and Sea World.
This is an actual patient of Dr. Pousti.
“I am writing you this letter to let you know how pleased I am with Susan, the nurse who took care of me when I had surgery for my abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and breast augmentation on March 26th, 2012. I originally spoke with Paula Widdle who is the Executive Director of Reliable Recovery, Inc. After talking with Paula, I immediately had a lot of my anxiety level drop. I was extremely anxious about my surgery and the NT knowing was the hardest part for me. She put my fears to a minimum. She had a very calming voice when I talked to her on the phone. She called me the day before surgery to inform me that Susan would be taking care of me through my recovery.
The moment I had come out of surgery, Susan was by my side comforting me and reassuring me that everything was going to be okay the one thing I do remember about Susan was she told me I looked beautiful even though I looked and felt like I had been hit by a truck. She was very positive and upbeat, which is exactly what I needed in order to get through this ordeal. Susan was very compassionate, kind, loving, and I can go on and on and on. She was by my side the full 48 hours and came to my every need. My 9 year old son was very sad when she had to go. He still talks about how nice she was to him.
I would highly recommend Susan to anyone who is considering having reliable recovery look after them.
I would also like to thank Dr. Pousti and his wonderful staff for helping me with my every need and just for their kindness they showed me and continue to show me as I am still going through my recovery process I am extremely happy with my result sand wouldn’t change a thing. Dr. Pousti is a wonderful doctor and I am so glad that I chose him for my mommy makeover!!”
“Thank you for taking such good care of me after surgery.
You are organized, efficient, and caring. You understand the kind of care a patient needs immediately after surgery.
The minute you picked me up from the hospital, I was able to relax knowing you were going to be there for me. No need for me to worry about medication schedule, or any of the other details that needed to be taken care of. You are familiar with the process. That was a blessing.
I also enjoyed your companionship, and your encouragement. I hope you will continue to help other as well as you helped me.””
This is a letter of recommendation for Paulla Weddle. She is the Executive Director of Reliable Recovery Inc, a post surgery care outfit that takes care of patients and all their needs after cosmetic surgery.
“I chose Reliable Recovery based on a recommendation of Dr. Pousti, who was to perform a abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) on me, not exactly a walk in the park! From the minute I first talked to Paulla, I could tell she sounded like a person who was committed to first class care of patients just by the tone of her voice, very soothing. Whether you choose your house or a local hotel to start your recovery, you can be sure that your time with Paulla will pout you at ease. She is professional, with the knowledge necessary to provide the care that people expect in a time that can be very stressful.
The best way to describe the care given by Paulla, would be compassionate and kind, almost like having a friend taking care of you that also went to nursing school! Imagine your best friend at your side in time of need, giving you the peace of mind sometimes only a friend can give. You feel safe and secure knowing that the person caring for you is committed to getting you better because of the friendship you share.
After my time in the first days of recovery, the peace of mind came easily because of Paulla’s constant attention and companionship. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is considering employing a recovery service in the initial days after their cosmetic surgery.”
Testimonial from a “fly in” patient:
“My surgical experience with Dr Pousti & his staff has surpassed even my highest expectations. Everyone has gone out of their way to make me feel informed, comfortable, and confident with my chosen procedures. I had what is commonly referred to as the ‘mommy make-over’. (Technically I had a breast lift, tummy tuck & lipo-suction in the surrounding areas)
Dr.Pousti has a unique way of making the patient feel beautiful even before there is any actual surgery done. He and his staff were very thorough when explaining all of my procedures. Before the surgery we looked at photos together to make sure my expectations would be in line with the actual results. Everyone was very receptive to questions and extremely honest in their feedback.
Post surgery, Dr Pousti & his staff have been so accommodating. Being from out of town, for the most part we communicate through email and over the telephone. Each of my questions have been answered promptly. When I do need to come into the office they make every effort to work around my travel plans.
While I am still in the recovery process I am already thrilled with my surgical results! My breasts have been restored to their beautiful youthful selves. From top to bottom, my clothing fits me so differently, that I feel as though I have a new wardrobe.
I can not thank Dr. Pousti & his entire staff enough for all they have done & continue to do. I would highly recommend him for anyone considering a ‘Mommy Make-Over’.”