Archive for January, 2010

Mommy Make Over

Monday, January 18th, 2010

This 43-year old patient from San Diego, California was looking into a “mommy makeover”. She was very unhappy with her post-pregnancy body and wanted to feel comfortable in a bikini again. She had been interested in breast augmentation surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and liposuction for several years.The patient understood that these multiple procedures required a longer recovery period and wanted to find a board certified surgeon in her area to perform them. She found Dr. Pousti online and decided to proceed with surgery after meeting with him. Dr. Pousti achieved her desired look by performing abdominoplasty surgery, liposuction on the flanks, back, lateral thighs and medial thighs. For her breast augmentation, Dr. Pousti used 460cc saline-filled breast implants made by Mentor Corporation.

Markings were performed the night before surgery to discuss the procedures in detail with the patient. This allows the patients to feel more comfortable and give them an opportunity to have all questions answered before the “Big Day”.

This patient is 6 months out from her mommy makeover surgery and very pleased that she can now feel comforable in her new skin and loves that she can wear a bikini.

Her belly button ALWAYS bothered her and now she is very pleased with her new belly button.

I had been considering breast implants for many years, however after three kids and many hours of exercising, I could not get rid of the loose skin in the lower abdomen. I started thinking about a “tummy tuck” after a good friend of mine, who had already undergone the procedure, recommended it to me. As I wasn’t getting any younger, I finally made the decision to research board qualified plastic surgeons in the San Diego area. In all my research, and a consultation with another doctor in the La Jolla area, Dr. Pousti is the one who stood out the most amongst all the other Plastic Surgeons. After my consultaton with Dr. Pousti, I must say, I left his office with a pleased and comfortable feeling. He took the time to sit with me and answer any questions or concerns that I had. He allowed me to speak to his patients and ask them anything I wanted to. The patients were open to showing me their results and telling me how their procedure/recovery went. This made me feel secure about Dr. Pousti and secure in selecting him to perform these procedures on me. During my consultation, I also asked Dr. Pousti what his recommendation was for my flank area. Dr. Pousti recommended an extended tummy tuck, and explained to me why liposuction in that area would not produce the best results, however the doctor in La Jolla had recommended liposuction. Dr. Pousti explained to me his entire procedures in detail, that were involved with breast augmentation, extended tummy tuck, and liposuction. He told me everything that would take place during surgery and what to expect during recovery. After leaving his office, I knew he was the doctor for me.

I cannot express how wonderful his entire staff has been, however in being a patient of Dr. Pousti, I have had the pleasure of dealing mostly with Daisy and Vanessa. These ladies should be commended as they have both been so generous in helping me feel comfortable at every visit and during recovery. I figured once I left the hospital, I would literally be on my own, but Daisy and Vanessa would call me almost daily to see how I was progressing, how I was feeling, and if I had any questions or concerns. They always listened to me and I never felt as if they were rushing to get me off the phone. Dr. Pousti should also be commended, as he took the time to make a house visit to check up on me during my first week of recovery. He told me before surgery that he would pay me a house visit sometime during my first week, and I was literally shocked that he kept his word on that. I really appreciated him doing that for me. It reinforced to me how much he and his staff really care about their patients.

I am now six weeks out of surgery and the results are amazing, even though I still have some swelling. Dr. Pousti was able to produce the goals I envisioned. I’ve never been overweight, but I always hated the way my body looked and the way it was shaped. Now, when I look at my body, I feel as if I’m looking at someone else. I still cannot believe it’s me. I went from a B to a D cup, and the most dramatic part is that I dropped from a size 8 to a size 4! Dr. Pousti made my dream body come true! I would recommend him to anyone. Thank you Dr. Pousti and Staff, I cannot commend you enough!!

Mommy Makeover

Monday, January 18th, 2010

After having children and breast feeding, this 39-year old teacher from Temecula, California wanted to look into a Mommy Makeover. She knew it was very important to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to perform her surgery safely and give her the results she was looking for. A friend of hers, recommended her surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti. After meeting with Dr. Pousti several times, she decided to proceed with multiple procedures to achieve her goals. Dr. Pousti ensured her that she was a great candidate for a Mommy makeover and would benefit significantly from a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), breast lift, and breast augmentation.

The morning of surgery. Dr. Pousti performs markings in the operating room and the procedures were discussed again in detail with the patient. It is custom for Dr. Pousti to make his patients feel very comfortable and safe before surgery.

Markings were performed and the procedures were discussed. Markings were performed and the procedures were discussed.

In order to achieve a natural look for the patient, Dr. Pousti performed a lift, using a “lollipop” incision and placed Mentor 380cc saline-filled breast implants  under the muscle.

In the O.R. immediately after mommy makeover surgery. In the O.R. immediately after mommy makeover surgery.



After 8-months






After 5-months


After 3-months

Patient Testimonial:

I am a 39-year old grandmother that desperately needed a breast augmentation along with a lift. I also thought; “Why not do a tummy tuck while I am at it”. After 3 children, at 39 years old, I knew my body was not going to get any better. A friend recommended Dr. Pousti to me, I looked him up – went to the consultation – got my surgery, all in a matter in 4-months. During that time Dr. Pousti and his staff always had a way of making me feel safe and positive. I enjoyed going to the consultations because I knew that when I came out each time I knew it was the right decision I had made and with the right doctor. It’s only been a week and a half and I feel great, I already know that I am going to look great and it’s all thanks to the help of a great surgeon. I recommend Dr. Pousti to anyone who plans on getting surgery done. Bottom-line he’s the best and his staff is awesome. Thank you so, so much!

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Monday, January 11th, 2010

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Patient Testimonials

Monday, January 11th, 2010

About five months ago, I could no longer overlook the reality of what the blessing of motherhood had brought along with it. Each morning while getting ready for a new day, the same feelings of dissatisfaction clung to me and accompanied me around. That morning I took one of the best decisions that I had ever taken. I decided upon plastic surgery to aide one of my constant efforts of looking on the outside the way I felt on the inside. Deciding was the “simple” part of the journey. However, finding the best, most professional, genuinely caring surgeon was the difficult part. It was not an easy or rapid decision by any means, but the reward of having found Dr. Pousti compensates for the search one million times. My candid first impression of Dr. Pousti and his staff was that they were all concerned with what I wanted in the most friendly and authentic manner. Not once did I feel uncomfortable or self-conscious when in the presence of him or any of the wonderful girls. One of the most comforting things about my consultation though was how they allowed me to speak with post-op patients that were there for follow up appointments. When you see satisfied patients time and time again, you begin to realize how magnificent Dr. Pousti is at what he does. The approach that Dr. Pousti has while consulting with you though was one I had never experienced. He sits in his chair and gives you his undivided attention and shows sincere interest in the outcome you desire. My husband also wanted to chip in by saying that Dr. Pousti took his opinions to consideration and always made sure he was informed and understanding everything. The day of the surgery as cliché as this might sound, I was nervous beyond believe and shaking during the hole ride to the hospital, but the minute I saw Dr. Pousti he reassured me that everything was going to be fine and sure enough I exhaled and felt relieved and ready to go. My level of satisfaction with the results of the beautiful work that Dr. Pousti executed couldn’t be any higher. So it is with the most sincere appreciation that I thank Dr. Pousti for making my days commence and conclude with an immense smile on my face.

My confidence level has gone through the roof

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the excellent work you performed on me. My confidence level has gone through the roof since my breast augmentation and tummy tuck. I am so happy with my results! It’s better than I expected it to ever be. Thank you for always making me feel so comfortable. Your staff has been so welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. I am not embarrassed anymore when I lift my arms up and my stomach shows.

I owe it all to you Dr. Pousti. You are the best!!

Thank you for all you have done to make me feel good again

I wanted to write and say thank you for all you have done to make me feel good again. For many years I had been thinking about surgery, after having five children my body had taken a beating and I was left with sagging skin in my breast and stomach and didn’t feel very pretty anymore, no matter how hard I exercised I couldn’t get my body back.

My husband said I was fine the way I was and didn’t need anything done. After many years of research I decided to talk with surgeons to see what could be done and it wasn’t until I found you and your friendly staff that I decided to go ahead with the surgery.

My husband was still very nervous about my decision, but after meeting you at my pre-op appt he knew that I had found the right man. Thank you for letting me speak to some of your other patients during my consultation with you I liked the fact that I was able to see what you had done to your other patients and to see how satisfied they were.

Amazing Staff Makes a Difference to Patients in Mommy Makeover

From the time I came in your staff knew who I was and addressed me by my first name which made me feel more at ease, I was very nervous about other people seeing me without any clothes on and your staff was very professional about it and tried to reassure me that it was going to be ok. From beginning to end everyone was nice and very pleasant to be around. The hospital and the Hideaway staff were awesome and I would highly recommend any of them to my family and friends.

I love my new body and couldn’t be happier. And the man who said I was fine and didn’t need the surgery loves what he sees now. You are awesome! Thanks again.

Experience with Mommy Makeover procedures is what you get with San Diego Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tom Pousti

I have never had any issues with my body but after having three kids my body was just unrecognizable. My pregnancies were all high risk and required me to go on bed rest. Since I had very little activity I gained an excessive amount of weight each time. I lost the weight quickly with diet and exercise after each pregnancy but I had loose skin and a “bulge” in my belly which I guess is common after having c-sections. I breast fed all three babies so my breasts were completely deflated. My left breast was smaller than my right since I nursed more on that breast. I tried to convince myself that it didn’t matter and to accept my body but it was very upsetting to me to have such a drastic change (for the worse) to my body in just a few years.

I was thinking about cosmetic surgery but I still didn’t really think I would actually do it. A friend recommended Dr. Pousti to me. I went to the initial consultation still not thinking it would happen at all or at least for a few years. Dr. Pousti was so patient, professional and kind. He completely understood how I felt and recommended a tummy tuck and breast augmentation. I got to see other actual patients that had these procedures done. This was the most convincing for me. Although the website is very useful, it’s completely different to see live, actual patients that had the same procedures done. I was so excited to see these patients. I could not believe how amazing they looked.

Dr. Pousti’s credentials, being double board certified, reassured me and my family that he was qualified and experienced. I felt so happy and confident after this consultation and knew that I chose the right doctor.

I was so excited to not have to worry about wearing clothes that covered my wrinkly, bulging belly but I had no idea what an impact my new body would have on all aspects of my life. I’m no longer self-conscious about my body and feel more confident. I hear so many women say that they have a bulge after having c-sections (even if they lost all their pregnancy weight) or they have deflated breasts after nursing one or more babies. They talk about having their old bodies back. All I can say is that if you’re thinking at all about having plastic surgery Dr. Pousti is the absolute best doctor!! He is highly qualified and experienced. His work is work is incredible and life changing. He is so nice and understanding. His staff is wonderful. The entire experience was so easy and pleasant. I’m so happy that I did this surgery earlier in life and can enjoy it longer.

I am extremely happy with my results! I feel forever grateful to Dr. Pousti and his lovely staff. Thank you so much!

Mommy Makeover Dream

I never really thought that I was the type of person who would get plastic surgery done. My body was far from being perfect, but I was comfortable with the way that I looked and never saw the need for surgical intervention. Having four kids completely changed that. My once flat stomach had turned into a wrinkly mess. My abdominal muscles had completely stretched so it looked like I had a big belly, even though I had lost all of my pregnancy weight. I breastfed all four of my children so my breasts looked deflated. Prior to having children, I never had to worry about clothes – but now I had to think about how best to hide my stomach or pick tops that didn’t accentuate my saggy breasts. I was exercising every day, eating only healthy foods and soon was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I was thrilled but still so disappointed because there was nothing I could do about the extra skin on my stomach or my saggy breasts. Even my doctor said that I could do a million sit ups a day but nothing but surgery could get rid of the wrinkles and extra skin on my stomach. So, after discussing it with my husband, I decided to have plastic surgery.

I had heard about Dr. Pousti through a friend of mine. After meeting him I knew that he was the right doctor for me. He was extremely professional and understanding. His staff was all so friendly. One of the things that helped me in choosing Dr. Pousti as my surgeon was the fact that he introduced me to previous patients who had had similar surgeries done. I was able to see actual patients and not just pictures. It was so helpful to see his work and talk to patients about their experiences. After leaving Dr. Pousti’s office after that first visit, I knew that he was the doctor for me.

I ended up getting a tummy tuck, breast lift and breast augmentation. The surgery itself was uneventful. Everything went smoothly and I had no complications. The hardest part was not being able to pick up my children for almost 4 weeks after the surgery. Dr. Pousti and his staff were absolutely amazing. They walked me through the whole process and followed up with phone calls almost twice a week. They were sincere and genuine in their concern for my well-being. The girls in his office are so warm and caring – I actually looked forward to my follow-up visits – his staff made the appointments so enjoyable.

It’s been 4 months since my surgery and I can honestly say that it’s been life-changing. I was prepared for the physical changes that occurred but was not at all prepared for the emotional changes. I have so much more self-confidence than I had after having my children. Even my husband noticed and said that I exuded a confidence that he hadn’t seen in a while. I know that a person’s self-worth shouldn’t be found in one’s physical appearance. However, I think that if you’re unhappy about something about yourself (whether it be a physical or character trait) you should work to change it. I had done all that I could to change my problem areas – I just needed a little assistance to complete it. I’m absolutely and completely thrilled about my new body. I feel just like I did before having kids.

I owe everything to Dr. Pousti and his wonderful staff. I feel completely indebted to him for giving me a part of my identity back.
Thank you Dr. Pousti. Your kindness, hard work, and professionalism will forever be appreciated.

Learn More About the Mommy Makeover

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Mommy Makeover Photos

Monday, January 11th, 2010

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Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)Liposuction
Breast Augmentation
Breast LiftArm Lift

Before and after photos of a Mommy Makeover patient of San Diego, La Jolla and Riverside Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti.

Before After

Southern California Before and After Plastic Surgery Patient Photos

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Mommy Makeover San Diego

Monday, January 11th, 2010

With liposuction, mothers can remove unwanted pockets of excess fat that they’ve developed during pregnancy as well as handle the stubborn areas that don’t respond to dieting and exercise that they’ve had before. Patients in La Jolla, San Diego and Riverside visit plastic surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti for liposuction and other Mommy Makeover procedures.

Excess Skin Removal – Tummy Tuck, Body Lift and Other Lifts
The skin and muscle tissue in the abdominal areas stretch during pregnancy and will leave skin looser and “flabby” in the area afterwards. Even after weight loss, training and dieting, the skin may remain loose and unsightly. An abdominoplasty, or also known as a tummy tuck can restore that flat stomach and abs to its original tight physique by removing excess skin and tightening of the abdominal muscles.

Mommy makeovers can also include an arm lift, thigh lift, and butt lift.

Breast Enlargement, Lift, and Reduction
Breasts often undergo a big change with pregnancy. Especially after breast feeding, women often find their breasts saggy and smaller. In some cases a whole cup size is gained. Breast augmentation is a popular part of a mommy makeover. Women can get enlargements, lifts and reductions to get back their “perky” breasts.

Learn More About the Mommy Makeover

Tour our site to learn more about Mommy Makeover plastic surgery in San Diego, Riverside and La Jolla. Read testimonials from Mommy Makeover patients of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti. View before and after photos of Mommy Makeover patients, and send your questions directly to the offices of Southern California Mommy Makeover Specialist Dr. Pousti through our contact form.

Riverside Mommy Makeover

Monday, January 11th, 2010

A Mommy Makeover from Riverside Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti isn’t exclusive to new moms. Many women wait a few years, or until they’ve had all their children before treating themselves to a makeover. A doctor can guide you along the right path in deciding which procedures will be right for you. Since all women are built differently, not all women are going to need the same procedures done.

Reasons Women Get a Mommy Makeover in Riverside

Mommy Makeovers allow women to get back that body they had before child birth and even the body that they’ve always wanted. Pregnancy can lead to saggy skin and breasts, stretch marks, extra fat deposits and wrinkles. With a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures, women can be confident their beauty is retained, restored and refreshed.

Mommy Makeover Procedure: Further Reading

Tour our site to learn more about Mommy Makeover plastic surgery in San Diego, Riverside and La Jolla. Read testimonials from Mommy Makeover patients of Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Tom Pousti. View before and after photos of Mommy Makeover patients, and send your questions directly to the offices of Southern California Mommy Makeover Specialist Dr. Pousti through our contact form.