African-American Plastic Surgery Procedures

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. 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.

“Well… it’s been a little over four years since I’ve trusted you with my life. LOL Best decision ever!! I recently took some professional photos. And, as you can see, your work still shines bright.” 

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Thank you Dr.Pousti!! As you can see I’m looking amazing in my twins these days. Hi Daisy I hope you and the other ladies are doing good. Japan is beautiful and my boobs look great on the beaches here. Thank you again from my husband and myself to you!!!

I am so pleased with their appearance! I’m so much more confident as a woman and as an artist! They are very soft and that is bomb. I love them! I would never turn back! Thank you Dr.Pousti!!!”

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“I am African American and Dr.Pousti has extensive prior experience in dealing with the sensitivities of dark skin, such as scarring, and hyperpigmentation. In fact, the main reason why I chose Dr. Pousti to do my procedure was because of his experience with women of color, and the successful results of their procedures.”


Breast Augmentation is performed to increase the size and fullness of the breast. Women whose breasts are disproportionately small, or whose breasts have sagged or “deflated” after childbirth, or who have unevenly-shaped or sized breasts, are candidates for the procedure. At times, it is necessary to lower the inframammary fold to achieve the results we are looking for. If the breasts droop too much, a “lifting” procedure may be required in addition to, or instead of the augmentation.

Each person is unique and the way one person scars may be much different from the way another person may scar but they are more common with olive and darker skin complexions. With African American patients there is also a high risk of keloid scar formation. Dr. Pousti uses special approaches and techniques with wound closers on ethnic patients to help prevent scarring.

The location of the incisions, under/over the muscle, breast size, choice of implant type and shape are custom designed for each patient based on their needs and their body and breast types.

The Surgical Procedure

The procedure takes approximately two hours. Placement of the implant is usually centered on the nipple-areola. Often, placement above or below the muscle is decided on an individual basis. Likewise, the incisions used to place the implant vary with patient preference and anatomy. The surgery is performed in a state of the art outpatient surgical center under general anesthesia. The size and type of implant to be used, along with their relative advantages will be discussed with your doctor at the pre-operative appointment.

What To Expect After The Surgery

Rest in bed is the order of the day, along with plenty of fluids and no aggravation. During the first week, a brassiere will be fitted and you will be permitted to shower, perhaps as quickly as two to three days post-op. Initially, the breasts will appear to be slightly higher than normal. Over three to six weeks the implant will descend to a more natural position. Also, the chest will feel somewhat sore for the first few days. This should abate very quickly, and by the end of the first week you should be very comfortable.

African American Body Procedures

Healthcare Professional Patient Testimonial


Body contouring procedures have now become the most commonly performed operation in Plastic Surgery. These procedures range from liposuction to tummy tucks and mommy makeovers.

Tummy Tuck Testimonial

Mother of 2 sets of Twins Loves Her Tummy Tuck Surgery Results

Another Satisfied Tummy Tuck Patient

Tummy Tuck Surgery Testimonial & Procedure - Prime Plastic Surgery

The Surgical Procedure

The procedure can take anywhere from 3-6 hours more or less depending on the complexity of the patient’s case. As with the breast procedure, body contouring procedures carry a higher risk of scaring in African American patients. To avoid these scar healing problems Dr. Pousti uses the newest technology and approaches to wound closure.

African American Patient After Tummy Tuck Surgery Procedure

This Tummy Tuck Patient Looks and Feels Great

Tummy Tuck Surgery Patient - Prime Plastic Surgery

African American Patient After Mommy Makeover Procedure

African American Patient After Extreme Weight Loss/Abdominoplasty

What To Expect After The Surgery

Rest in bed is the order of the day, along with plenty of fluids and no aggravation. Patient’s post op care instructions and approximate healing time depend on the procedure that the patient gets.

Our Patient is Thrilled with Her Breast Augmentation

Patient Testimonial-African American

Prime Plastic Surgery consists of the top board-certified surgeons in the country providing the highest caliber of patient care. We offer cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, to help patients achieve truly life-changing results. Our surgeons are members of several prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities

Discover what the Prime difference can do for you. Request a consultation online or call our practice at (858) 285-4667.

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