Archive for January, 2011

Mommy Makeover Testimonial

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I want to start out by saying, “If you are pondering between what doctor you want to perform your surgery, look no further”.  You have found him.  Dr. Pousti is unbelievable.  I can say this because I did my homework and ‘shopped’ around (5 doctors) and my heart led me straight back to my first consultation doctor, Dr. Pousti.  I knew it all along, but, I wanted to dot my i’s and cross my t’s.

I had a Mastopexy/Breast Augmentation, Tummy Tuck and Liposuction of my medial and lateral thighs.

I am a busy mother of four very young children (6 & under) and am a full time Physical Education/Aerobic teacher.  I workout 3 to sometimes 5 hours a day and nothing was going to bring on larger, firmer breasts (the sagginess was due to nursing all four children in 5 years) or take away the loose skin and the protrusion of my stomach from the laxity of the muscles in my abdominal region. And for the thighs, well, there was just a small amount there that my exercise was not taking care of.

I struggled with it all after having my last child, which just happens to be my only girl.  I took a huge leap and decided to discuss the procedures with my husband.  It’s not like he did not know I was interested, as I watched Dr. 90210 all the time and hinted about what I would like to have done.  Of course he thought I looked great the way I was, but when it came to discussing the matter, money really was more of the topic.

Most average working Americans don’t have thousands lying around (at least not those with four children I presume), but my husband knew I had worked so hard baby after baby and from the mouth of Dr. Pousti, “No matter how hard she works out, she will not get rid of the tummy problems”.  That convinced him, as he has a tremendous regard for Dr. Pousti.  On that note, I took my husband to most consultations with me and bar none, he was most comfortable with Dr. Pousti.

I have read a lot of testimonials and I agree with all of them.  “You are not just another person with Dr. Pousti and his staff”.  When it is your time, you are his priority and post-op visits are no different.  You are greeted with respect and dignity the minute you walk through his doors and that is QUALITY business if you ask me.

My surgery was quite lengthy (~6-7 hours) and I put all my faith and trust in Dr. Pousti.  I can say that I was honestly NOT nervous, because number one it was him performing the surgery, and (no disrespect intended here Dr. Pousti) I knew I was going to be able to actually rest with a wonderful excuse and not have to be the one waiting on other people (you moms know what I am talking about).

I remember the day of my surgery as if it were yesterday.  Dr. Pousti arrived and I was exhausted from getting things done the night before.  With his calm and delicate demeanor, he wanted to assure his markings from the previous night and make sure they were “right on” and he said to me, “We’re on our way to a homerun” (I could relate as I love sports).  I lay back down and his assistant, Michelle, came to walk me to the operation room (by the way, the whole Alvarado team is absolutely FABULOUS too). I walked in the surgery room and Dr. Pousti was all ready and focused with a blanket wrapped around his shoulders.  He and his staff guided me to lie down on the table and I remember music playing, that of Elton John.  It was a real soothing effect (I thought this only happened in the movies).  As Dr. Pousti held my hand, the anesthesiologist said, “Here comes your cocktail” and I believe I said, “Make it a double apple martini”, or else I really wanted one at that moment in time.  The last words I said to Dr. Pousti is, “You look double” and I was out for the count!

Following, I awoke to a wonderful kind and loving lady named Julie.  She is the owner of a Recovery Retreat home called The Hide Away in La Mesa, California.  She assured me everything went very well and I knew she was the one to transport me to her center (my aunt and husband also were there).  I don’t remember much except waking up in a beautiful serene room lit with scented candles, beautiful décor and a nurse that was so sweet and there for my every need.  Staying at The Hide Away was of course wonderful for me, but it truly took the pressure off my family for the first and most difficult 24 hour recuperation period (brochures are available at Dr. Pousti’s office).  I went home a little over 24 hours later, but if money had not been an issue, I would have stayed at least three more days.

I am only 3 weeks out of surgery and love what I see and results are just going to get better as the swelling continues to diminish.  My kids ask me, “Can you play with your tummy anymore” (I used to take the extra skin and pull on it and make light of it), but I tell them, I can’t do that anymore.  I look forward to wearing my clothes the way they should fit, wearing a bathing suit and most of all just feeling more like a ‘real’ woman again.

Lastly, I always received comments like, “You don’t need it, you look wonderful just the way you are”, and “You should be proud of the way you look for having 4 children”.  To these comments, I say, I am proud of who I am and what I look like, but no one understands until they are in your shoes, looking at a body, naked, and feel the emotions you do about what you look like.  The point is, do it for you!  Yes your husband or significant other will reap some benefits, but you have to do it for you and your self-esteem, at least that is why I did.

So as I started, I will also finish by saying, bar none, Dr. Pousti and his staff is the best around.  He didn’t care about anything else but meeting my expectations and making my husband and me feel the utmost comfortable through and through.

You are with the best and as my husband would put it, “If it’s not the best, my wife won’t go for it”.  And that I did.

Dr. Pousti-Thank you from my heart and soul for all you are!

A very happy patient,
La Mesa, Ca


Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Dear Dr. Pousti and Staff,

I just wanted to thank you guys so much for all you have done.  I had contemplated having breast augmentation for many years, but after breastfeeding my second child I knew it was something I wanted to do.  After doing some Internet searching and speaking with friends and family I came to Dr. Pousti.  From the first moment I met Dr. Pousti and his staff I was thoroughly impressed.  Since I know 2 people who were already very satisfied with the work Dr. Pousti had done for them, after meeting him I knew instantly he was the surgeon for me.  He and his staff were extremely accommodating as far as scheduling.  When the day of surgery came, I was extremely nervous, Dr. Pousti and his team totally calmed my nerves.  Dr. Pousti even held my hand to comfort me as they put me under.  After surgery Dr. Pousti and staff continued to check in on me at home, and answered any questions my husband or I had, and I had several follow-up visits to his office.  Unfortunately about 4-5 months after surgery I began to develop scar tissue around my left breast.  Dr. Pousti and his staff handled it with the appropriate immediacy.  I was put on two rounds of accolate and told to massage extremely aggressively.  Luckily, I am now a year post-op and both breast are soft.  I am extremely satisfied with the outcome of my surgery, and so is my husband.  At a year post-op my breast are exactly how I had always wanted.  I wanted large but natural looking breasts and that is exactly what he gave me.  I was scared that I would have to have surgery again due to the scar tissue, but Dr. Pousti and his staff were on top of things and together we were able to deal with it.  I would strongly recommend Dr. Pousti to any friends or family that were thinking about having surgery.  If in the future there are other procedures I want done I will definitely go back to Dr. Pousti. Thank you again Dr. Pousti and Staff for helping to make me more confident and comfortable in my body!


Mommy Makeover – Breast Augmentation, Breast Lifting and Extended Tummy Tuck

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

This 36 year old mom of 2 from Escondido found Dr. Pousti online while searching for surgeons that specialized in the mommy makeover procedure. She wanted to get her body back with help from a breast augmentation, breast lift and tummy tuck procedure.


She met with several surgeons in Southern California and felt the most comfortable with Dr. Pousti. He told her that he would be able to give her a beautiful result. She decided to proceed with surgery.

Markings were performed the night before surgery and are reviewed with the patient in detail. The markings indicate where the incisions will be and are used as guidelines for the mommy makeover procedure.


This patient was concerned about getting rid of the “rolls” on her side and into her back. Notice Dr. Pousti marking into the back area to make sure she gets an “hourglass” result.


A breast lift (mastopexy) was performed with only a vertical scar (no horizontal scar). The “x” on the picture indicates where the nipple-areola complex will be moved to.

Notice the asymmetry between the two breasts. Dr. Pousti worked hard to minimize the breast asymmetry as much as possible.