San Diego and La Jolla Rhinoplasty Specialist Dr. Tom Pousti

Dr. Tom Pousti is a highly skilled rhinoplasty (nose surgery) specialist who now has offices in La Jolla where he can see La Jolla rhinoplasty patients. In the paragraphs below, Dr. Pousti describes the rhinoplasty procedure.  He has helped many patients achieve a more balanced and attractive facial profile.


Nasal surgery, often called a “nose job” or by its technical name “Rhinoplasty,” is usually performed to alter the size and/or shape and the function of the nose. The exact appearance of the nose cannot be determined before surgery is carried out. A patient cannot expect to beable to select a particular nose since changes are limited by such factors as skin and bone thickness, nostril size and general facial configuration. The patient must be very comfortable with the surgeon’s surgical and aesthetic judgment before proceeding with surgery.

The Surgical Procedure

The length of time required to perform the operation is 1 to 3 hours. The surgical procedure is done through incisions inside the nose, so the scars are not visible. If work on the nasal tip is necessary, or if this is a revision surgery, it is frequently helpful to expose the cartilages of the nose and repair them directly. Modern concepts in rhinoplasty include building up the nose to achieve an aesthetically pleasing form (rather than just breaking the bones and removing tissue). Very importantly, the surgeon must individualize the surgery and “diagnose” the nose. Each thing done to the nose should be easily explained to the patient. Breathing should improve after nasal surgery. Often, internal breathing surgery is necessary.

What To Expect After Surgery

There is usually discomfort due to headache and a feeling of stuffiness. Swelling and bruising may occur usually around the eyelids. The bruising is usually gone within 7-10 days as is a major portion of the swelling.

2 Days Post op Rhinoplasty

Resumption Of Physical Activities

Driving: 5-7 days.

Non-contact sports: 3-4 weeks.
This includes jogging, swimming, hiking, etc.

Contact sports: 6 weeks.
This category includes tennis, skiing, football, basketball, etc.

Scuba diving: 8-12 weeks.

Dr. Pousti has treated many San Diego and La Jolla rhinoplasty patients. Pousti plastic surgery also now has a rhinoplasty La Jolla office where he consults with and treats La Jolla plastic surgery patients.

In addition to facial procedures, such as rhinoplasty and facelift, Dr. Pousti also performs liposuction, breast augmentation with breast implants, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and other body contouring procedures. Many San Diego and La Jolla plastic surgery patients have chosen to undergo body contouring procedures to obtain a more youthful and shapely profile. Please visit the liposuction, breast augmentation and tummy tuckpages of this website to learn more about these procedures.


I would like to start first by saying “Thank You” to Dr. Pousti and the girls! I had always been very self-conscious about the size and shape of my nose until I met Dr. Pousti and the girls. Not only were they there to listen to every complaint I had about my nose but they were also there to let me know how beautiful I was as a person, no matter what I chose to do. That was a very important thing to me because I didn’t feel as though I was just another number in their office. Dr. Pousti and his staff made me feel beautiful before and after I had my procedure done. They also ensured me that I would be okay during my time of fear. It had been so long since I had gone under anesthesia, I was scared and wondered if this was what I really wanted. Let me just say one thing: if I had to, or wanted to get plastic surgery done again, I would definitely do it again…on one condition, that it be done by Dr. Pousti and staff. I could not believe how fast I recovered, without any pain! I admit, it was a little uncomfortable…but obviously with any surgery there will be some discomfort. I don’t know what kind of technique Dr. Pousti uses but whatever it is… it’s working very well because my whole experience with rhinoplasty was great!!
The only regret I have is that I didn’t find them years ago because without a doubt…they would have been my first choice. Thank you Dr. Pousti and staff, I love my new nose!!

Patient Testimonial:

I have gotten rhinoplasty done. I was 17 when I did it, and I am extremely pleased with the results. Dr. Tom J. Pousti, is absolutely amazing. He truly knows what he is doing and is dedicated to making his patients happy. I am truly pleased with my results, and if I were to do anything, or to recommend anyone, I would certainly think of Dr. Pousti. When I first went into the office, right a way the every one of the workers, including Dr. Pousti, made me feel welcome at comfortable. If I were to go anywhere else, I would not feel the same. Going through rhinoplasty was a rough time, but Dr. Pousti guided me through it and made sure I was doing fine. If anything were to go wrong he let me know he would be there 24/7! I thank him every time I look in the mirror = )

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

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