Archive for January, 2012

Out of Town Mommy Makeover

Friday, January 6th, 2012

This 34 year old patient from Newport News, Virginia wanted a Mommy Makeover (in her case a breast lift and tummy tuck). She was searching for the Best Plastic Surgeon to perform her surgery and came across San Diego Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Tom Pousti.  She sent photos of herself as well as her “goals” and she and Dr. Pousti had a discussion as to how to achieve her goals.  Because of the larger size the patient wanted to achieve, Dr. Pousti recommended that the patient perform the abdominoplasty and breast lift in one procedure and then return after all of the incisions have healed to perform the breast augmentation portion of the surgery… to do things in 2 staged procedure.


She decided to proceed with Abdominoplasty surgery and Mastopexy (breast lifting)  which would also address her breast asymmetry .  She flew into San Diego, California and met with Dr. Pousti.  Markings and measurements were performed and the procedures were discussed again in detail..


Measurements of the abdominal area are performed to maximize the results of the tummy tuck but minimize the risks and potential complications associated with this surgery.  The breast lifting surgery is also measured carefully to do the best to achieve as symmetrical a result as possible.


The patient didn’t like how empty her breasts were and how they “drooped”.  She wanted them perky and fuller.


In the operating room, the clamps are placed onto the separated abdominal muscles that will be put back together and sutured in place to give the “tight” tummy she was asking for.


Above you see the separation of the abdominal muscles (purple lines running up and down). Below you see that they have been brought together.


Immediately after Breast Lifting and Tummy tuck surgery.


4 Weeks Post Operative Tummy Tuck and Mastopexy Procedure.

Swelling is normal and will subside as the patient continues to heal.


Complete Mommy Makeover

Friday, January 6th, 2012

This 26-year old mom of 3 from Kentucky researched for a mommy makeover (usually a breast augmentation, mastopexy, and abdominoplasty) specialist and found San Diego Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Pousti on the Internet.  She was concerned about her breasts, tummy, and sides after losing 50 lbs of pregnancy weight.  She was unhappy with the asymmetry of the breasts and wanted them more symmetrical, fuller and perkier.


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The patient contacted Dr.Pousti via e-mail, after several consultations, the patient decided to fly in and proceed with breast surgery as well as tummy tuck surgery.

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After deciding on a surgery date, the patient flew into San Diego a week before her mommy makeover surgery. She met with Dr. Pousti the night before surgery to have markings performed.  The markings are performed with careful measurements to use as a “road map” in the operating room.

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The night before and the morning of surgery, Dr. Pousti is able to mark the details of the mommy makeover procedure that she will be getting and answer any questions the patient may have before proceeding with surgery.

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In order to shape and contour her back and sides, an extended tummy tuck as well as liposuction were performed in her back, flanks, and upper abdomen.

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Dr. Pousti corrected the placement and size of her areola with breast lifting surgery. Saline filled implants were used and filled to 630cc in both breasts and placed under the muscle.  The size of the areola are also reduced during this breast lift surgery.

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Completed mommy makeover. Immediately after surgery you can see the flatter tummy from the abdominal muscle repair.

Mommy Makeover Surgery

Friday, January 6th, 2012

This 39 year old mom from Ridgecrest, California was interested in Mommy MakeOver (Abdominoplasty, Breast Augmentation, Mastopexy) surgery.  She was unhappy with her post-baby and post-nursing body and wanted to feel better about herself.  Her breasts were “empty” and “droopy” and she wanted them lifted and fuller on top.  She researched for an experienced Mommy Makeover Plastic Surgeon and found double board certified surgeon, Dr. Pousti.

DSC01615She and Dr. Pousti met several times and discussed the breast augmentation surgery as well as the breast lifting and tummy tuck procedures. She met with the doctor the night before surgery so that he can take measurements and make “markings” to assist him with surgery. These markings are used to achieve symmetry during the breast lifting and breast augmentation surgeries and during the tummy tuck procedure assure that accuracy with incisions and suturing are achieved.


The markings and measurements are checked again the morning of surgery.



In the operating room, Dr. Pousti takes time to measure things out to achieve the patients goals.  The tummy tuck is performed as well as the breast lift with implants.


The patient is now healed and extremely happy with her results of her Mommy Makeover!

CoolSculpting: The non-surgical way to SCULPT your body!

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Pousti Plastic Surgery is pleased and excited to announce the practice’s adoption of the innovative CoolSculpting fat removal technology for patients desiring fat removal without the cost and recovery associated with traditional liposuction. Pousti Plastic Surgery is one of the first medical and cosmetic surgery practices in the Southern California region to offer this breakthrough in non-invasive fat reduction.

CoolSculpting is an exciting and innovative new approach to non-invasive fat reduction. “This technology has demonstrated significant positive results in clinical studies for removing unwanted body fat without the possible risks and recovery of invasive procedures” said Dr. Tom Pousti of Pousti Plastic Surgery in San Diego, California. “This fat-reducing technology is particularly effective in resistant localized areas of the body such as back fat, love handles, and isolated belly fat. The CoolSculpting procedure is extremely comfortable and patients are very satisfied with the process and results.”

Cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the CoolSculpting technology works by gently cooling unwanted fat cells in the body, inducing a natural and controlled elimination of fat cells. CoolSculpting is based on scientific discovery from the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The research proved through vast research that fat cells are more susceptible to cold and are selectively, painlessly, and permanently destroyed.

Several weeks after the procedure, cooled fat cells begin a process called apoptosis and start to shrink and disappear. The patient begins to naturally and gradually eliminate cooled fat cells, thereby reducing the thickness of the fat layer in targeted areas of the body.

Unlike other harsh fat reduction or removal procedures, CoolSculpting requires no needles, surgery, or recovery periods. During the procedure, a non-invasive applicator delivers precisely controlled cooling to the treatment area. Treatments last between one and two hours, and patients have the option for additional treatments for more substantial effects if desired. Each CoolSculpting procedure results in an undeniable reduction of fat in the treatment area, and patients see results as early as three weeks following treatment. The most dramatic results occur over a period of between two and four months in most patients.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Abdominoplasty After Having Children

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This 34 year old patient from San Diego, California was interested in abdominal surgery. After having 2 children the patient was left with damaged abdominal muscles and extra/loose skin and extreme abdominal wall separation. She read several testimonials from Dr. Pousti’s mommy makeover patients and decided to meet with Dr. Pousti.

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The patient felt extrememly comfortable after meeting with Dr. Pousti and felt he was overly qualified to perform her tummy tuck surgery. Before the mommy makeover procedure is performed Dr. Pousti discusses the procedure in detail. The markings of the exact incision are then done and the patient proceeds to the operating room.

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During the mommy makeover and abdominoplasty procedure the abdominal muscles are repaired with internal suturing. As you can see the patient has severe muscle laxity.

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After muscle repair the excess skin is then removed and the incision is closed. During this procedure a new belly button is made as well.

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The patient is extremely happy with the results of her tummy tuck procedure and loves her new body.

Tummy Tuck After Multiple Pregnancies

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

This 40 year old patient from San Diego, California was interested in a tummy tuck procedure. After two pregnancies, the patient felt no matter how much diet and exercise, her abdominal walls would always be separated resulting in a bulging stomach. The patient began researching plastic/cosmetic surgery blogs and found several of Dr. Pousti’s patients’ blog entries. After reading how thrilled they all were with both Dr. Pousti and their surgery results, she decided to meet with Dr. Pousti. The patient met with several cosmetic surgeons, but felt that none of them compared to Dr. Pousti.


At her initial consultation, the patient was able to meet with Dr. Pousti’s previous patients who had a mommy makeover performed by him. Dr. Pousti listened to the patient express her goals and took the time to go over the entire procedure from surgery to recovery in detail. The patient was ready to proceed to the operating room for her abdominoplasty procedure.


Markings were performed the night prior to surgery and then are re-checked the morning of surgery. Measurements are taken to ensure as much symmetry as possible is met.


Following multiple pregnancies, the abdominal muscles have separated and the abdominal skin becomes loose/ damaged. Below, in the operating room, the clamps are showing the separated abdominal muscles that will be brought together and sutured to create a flat surface during the tummy tuck surgery.


Diet and exercise alone are not capable to retract the muscles, so repairing the muscles surgically is the only solution for a “tight tummy” and smaller waistline.


Following the muscle repair, the excess abdominal skin is removed and the previous incisions are then sutured together. During this process, a new belly button is also made. Immediately after the procedure, the patient’s waistline is significantly smaller and the stomach is completely flat.


The patient is very satisfied with her results and new waistline!

Mommy Makeover Testimonial

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Before working in the Intensive Care Unit, I worked at a plastic surgery recovery house in La Mesa and La Jolla, California. There I took care of all types of patients recovering from their desired surgeries, including an abundance of mommy patients who had tummy tucks and breast augmentations.  At the time I was on the nursing staff recovering patients coming from multiple plastic surgeons operating in the San Diego area.  However, I found myself always so excited whenever I heard I was getting a patient coming from Dr. Pousti!  What made his patients stand out the most from all others were indeed the quality of the work and the lack of complications his patients experienced.  This made life much easier for the nursing staff.  Thus, I knew when I was ready to get my “mommy makeover” the only person I would trust my body, my life with, was Dr. Pousti.

Besides taking care of patients, I am a twenty seven year old mother of two beautiful babies.  Although having my children young, and living a healthy lifestyle, I managed to gain an extremely large amount of weight with my pregnancies.  After both deliveries, I eventually lost all the weight I gained while pregnant.  Unfortunately, the loose skin was there to stay.  For years I felt like a mother kangaroo with a big empty sack with no baby in it.  I had even have had my own patients in the past ask me when I was expecting… two years after having my last baby!  It didn’t matter how thin I got, the loose skin was still there.  After giving time and exercise a fair shot, it was clear to me that it was time to take care of business, and finally my turn to become one of Dr. Pousti’s patients.

Meeting with Dr. Pousti and his staff for the first time was such a wonderful experience.  They were proficient, personal and understanding of my concerns and thoughts.  His staff consists of friendly experienced personnel, and Dr. Pousti‘s bedside manner was pronounced. Together we discussed the results that I was looking for and in solution the finest way we could attain them.  We decided that I would achieve the best results getting an extended tummy tuck in which the incision would go all the way around from front to back. Also, I wanted a breast augmentation to fill the loose skin in my breast area, and decided to go with silicone implants.

My surgery went smoothly with absolutely no complications as expected.  The first week of recovery was the most challenging as I adjusted to my new body.  Nevertheless, I had minimal discomfort.  By the third week post-op I was off my pain medication, standing up straight and driving my daughter to dance class.  At six weeks post-op I started running again, and never have I ever felt so grand in my life!

I can’t express my gratitude enough.  Dr. Pousti and his staff took exceptional care of me, as I am sure he does with all his other patients.  I give my utmost recommendation to any vigorous woman who is considering getting an extravagant “mommy makeover”.  I am extremely satisfied with my results, and I thank Dr. Pousti for working his magic on me.


A Very Satisfied Patient