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La Jolla, San Diego Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Biography for Dr. Tom Pousti

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Dr. Tom Pousti La Jolla / 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. He is noted for his warm, personal demeanor and a passion for the details of cosmetic surgery that lead to extraordinary results. Establishing a personal relationship that allows him to understand his patients concerns and desires is a key part of his consultation process.

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. 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. Tom Pousti attended undergrad at UCSD, where he graduated first in his class, magna cum laude. He received his M.D. degree at the University of California Irvine. At U.C. Irvine College of Medicine, Dr. Pousti was awarded the Alpha Omega Alpha Society Scholarship Award, which required him to be in the top 5% of his medical class. In 1990 he was awarded the Excellence in Surgery Award, and in 1994 he received the “Resident of the Year” Teaching Award. After five years of General Surgery Residency at UC Irvine Medical Center, Dr. Tom Pousti did a two year Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Harvard in Boston, Mass.

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Dr. Tom Pousti strongly believes in giving back to the community. He has volunteered at the VA hospital, and has gone to Guatemala to perform surgical procedures for the residents that were in need.

Dr. Tom Pousti is a native of San Diego, where he grew up. His father is a retired Plastic Surgeon who practiced in San Diego for over 25 years. Dr. Tom Pousti has been married for 19 years to his wife Marjan. Together they have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. He enjoys playing soccer, beach volleyball, reading, playing the piano and also coaching his son’s recreation soccer teams.

Dr. Pousti’s practice not only draws from all over the United States, but also from all over the world-Italy, Japan, England, Spain and Australia-to name a few.

Steps to take “Before and After your Consultation”

How should you choose your Plastic Surgeon?

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Before each surgery, Dr. Pousti takes time to perform “markings” which prepares the patient and Dr. Pousti for the upcoming surgery. Dr. Pousti and our office staff keep up to date with the most advanced procedures today. We have many patients who have undergone massive weight loss and come in for “body make-overs”. For those patients who want breast implants, we will review the difference between saline and silicone gel breast implants.
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Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) markings. Brachioplasty (arm lift) markings Revisionary breast surgery markings.
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Each patient is unique and Dr. Pousti does his best to achieve the patient’s results. For breast augmentation patients, Dr. Pousti places the patient’s pictures as well as the pictures that the patient has chosen on the wall for reference.

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 (2008)

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 Medical Association
Member, San Diego County Medical Association
Member, San Diego Plastic Surgery Society
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

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