About Dr. Tom Pousti


Dr. Tom Pousti 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 has a passion for the details of cosmetic surgery that lead to extraordinary results. Dr. Pousti graduated from UCSD undergrad program and continued on to UC Irvine for medical school and surgical training. He was offered a Plastic Surgery Fellowship where he learned from the best of the best in the plastic surgery field.

Dr. Pousti working on a patient who had saline breast implant deflation.

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. Tom Pousti now offers Vectra 3D simulations so patients can see what specific implant types, sizes and profiles would look like on their body.

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. Tom Pousti now uses The Keller Funnel Method during Breast Augmentation Procedures for Silicone Gel Implants.

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.

Watch Dr. Pousti Before Surgery Perform Pre-Surgical Procedures

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.

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. Pousti is “Reader’s Choice” for BEST PLASTIC SURGEON at InlandSoCal.com!

Board Certification

Board Certified, American Board of General Surgery(1996) Board Certified, American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (1999) Board Re-Certification for American Board of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (2007) Board Re-Certification for American Board of General Surgery (2009)

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 Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

RealSelf Repeat Award Winner & Content Contributor

What we offer


Pousti Plastic Surgery
8851 Center Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, CA 91942
Phone: 619-466-8851
Fax: (619) 466-8858
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