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Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Tom Pousti

Laser Hair & Tattoo Removal
in San Diego

8851 Center Drive, Suite 300
San Diego, California 91942
(619) 466-8851

Laser Hair & Tattoo Removal
in Riverside
& Temecula

29995 Technology Drive, Suite 103
Temecula / Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 501-9822

Laser Hair & Tattoo Removal
in La Jolla

7301 Girard Ave., Suite 203
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-6888

San Diego Laser Surgery Blog

Laser Tattoo Removal

This 23-year old patient from Winchester, California was interested in tattoo removal. She found Dr. Pousti on the Internet and during her consultation with the Doctor at his Murrieta office she told Dr. Pousti that she no longer wanted the tattoo she had on her upper right thigh. After 6 sessions, her tattoo is now completely removed. The patient is now 2-years post op tattoo removal and is extremely happy with her results.

Laser Tattoo Removal

This 37 year old patient from Southern California was unhappy with her tattoo and interested in removal. After doing research she found that she could remove her tattoo using laser removal. The patient found Pousti Plastic Surgery online and was impressed with the volume of positive reviews as well as information and pictures that were provided.

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The patients tattoo was removed using the versapulse laser. She has had 12 treatments and is extremely happy with her results.


After 12 Laser Tattoo Removal treatments

Laser Tattoo Removal

This 19 year old patient from San Diego was unhappy with her tattoo and was interested in having it removed. She found Dr. Pousti online while searching for tattoo removal in San Diego.

Before Treatment


Tattoo Removal generally can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on the complexity and size of the area treated. Laser tattoo removal is performed in our La Mesa office on the first Tuesday of every month. It is important to space out your treatments in an effort to prevent scaring. This patient has had 3 treatments so far and is very happy with her progress.

After Treatment


After the laser tattoo removal is performed ointment is applied


Bandages are also applied over the area to help prevent irritation or infection


Patients can resume to their normal activities immediately after the laser treatment. The area must stay dry for 24 hours and it is best to avoid exposure to direct sun for at least 1 week.

Patient Testimonial for Laser Hair Removal

I have had 3 laser hair removal treatments and could not be happier with the results. I had treatments performed on my underarms. I used to have to shave almost every day and now it has come to the point where I don’t even remember the last time I had to! The treatments are fast and painless, especially compared to waxing. Dr. Pousti and his staff are amazing too. I would recommend this process of hair removal far above any other ones!


Santee, CA

Emotions Before and After Surgery

For many patients, plastic surgery is a life-changing experience, both physically and mentally. Many people considering surgery to improve their looks do not realize that they may also experience some emotional ups and downs. There are a number of positive psychological benefits that contribute to the patient’s boost in confidence and self-esteem. However, some adverse emotional side effects may also be involved, such as depression and anxiety.

Cosmetic surgery can be very exciting, yet, frustrating at the same time. Some may find the process a pleasant one, while others find it stressful. People find it difficult to find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon they are comfortable with and who they feel they can trust with this major change. Anxiety may occur prior to the surgery and during recovery while patients try to patiently wait for their final results. Post-surgical depression is common, especially among patients with personality disorders, relationship issues, and lacking confidence.

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it is important to keep a positive attitude. Having realistic expectations for your plastic surgery experience is crucial to having a positive mindset later. The purpose of plastic surgery is to improve a specific problem area of your body. There is no guarantee the results of your surgery will change your life.

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Discussing your expectations and goals with your surgeon will ensure the best results possible. This communication allows your doctor to help achieve your goals. Make sure you discuss what your expectations are with your surgeon. It is best to express all your concerns prior to the procedure so that he/she may address them to help ease the process. A Board Certified Surgeon will discuss the best and safest option for your specific case.

It is in your best interest to discuss your medical history with your doctor. Cosmetic surgery can either be minor or invasive and in any case, your surgeon should be aware of all medical conditions that may affect your surgery or healing.

Once you decide on a plastic surgeon and the planned procedure, it is vital for you to prepare for your recovery period. It is best that you are aware of what to expect after surgery and understand the pre-op and post-op instructions to ensure the best result possible. For example, swelling and bruising is a normal part of the healing process, pain and discomfort can be managed with medications, physical activity should be limited to promote healing and rest, and it is essential for you to have a good support system.

Remember that all of these contributing factors to post-surgical depression or anxiety is temporary. With tincture of time, the incisions will heal and your results will improve. When times get tough, communicate your concerns during your follow-ups with your doctor and keep the end result in mind.

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Frequently Asked Questions!


Laser tattoo removal is typically done because people have regrets about the tattoo they have gotten. They also receive laser tattoo removal because the tattoo was poorly or incorrectly done. Tattoo Health website states that 10 million Americans who have gotten tattoos, more than 50% of those tattoo owners later regret getting them and then want to have them removed. Modern technology has changed that, in our office we use a versapluse laser to remove unwanted tattoos. A versapluse laser combines four lasers in one system providing convenient therapy for a variety or patient needs. The versapulse laser system is key for color removal from tattoos.

Q. What is laser tattoo removal?

A. Laser tattoo removal is a procedure that uses a powerful laser that reacts with ink of a tattoo to break the ink into small particles. The laser directly targets the tattoo pigment, after the ink is broken down it is removed by the body’s immune system, creating a fade look.

Q. How much does laser tattoo removal cost?

A. The cost of laser tattoo removal depends on size of the tattoo as well as the amount of color the tattoo has. Most patients require multiple treatments before the tattoo is completely removed.

Q. What are the risks of laser tattoo removal?

A.  The risk of laser tattoo removal are very minimal. The largest risks are infection, but when you follow the doctors instructions and take care of the area that has been worked on it is less likely for you to get an infection.

Q. How can I prepare for laser tattoo removal?

A. It is recommended patients take a non-aspirin medication prior to laser tattoo removal. By taking this it will reduce any comfort that they may experience during the procedure. Other than that, there is nothing the patient has to due prior to the procedure.

Q. What can I expect during a laser tattoo removal treatment?

A. A typical treatment can last anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or two. Depending on the size of the tattoo and how many colors are involved depends on how long it will take, it usually takes a bit longer then if you had a small tattoo with little color. Patients describe the pain from the laser as feeling like a hundred rubber bands striking your skin at the same time.

Q. What is recovery time for a laser tattoo removal treatment?

A. Patients can resume their daily activities immediately after the treatment. It is smart to avoid direct sunlight on the area as well as strenuous physical activity that may affect the treated area.

Q. What can I expect after a laser tattoo removal treatment?

A. Immediately after the treatment the treated area may feel sunburned. It is extremely important to keep the treated area covered and out of direct sunlight until he heals. If you fail to do so, the results of your treatment may be negatively affected.

Q. What are the alternative to laser tattoo removal?

A. There are a few alternatives to laser tattoo removal. Such as other laser treatments, or light therapy that may be similar but much more expensive. Dermabrasion is another alternative treatment which removes the top layer of your skin. There are also a bunch of do it yourself creams  that you may use, but they do not show the same results as the laser treatment would.

Skin Care FAQ

1. What is the #1 thing I can do to help my skin?

-Sunblock! Sun damage is the number one case of premature aging. Excessive sun exposure dehydrates the skin, creating fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and darkens existing pigmentation in the skin. Basically, it’s a one way ticket to looking 60 when you’re 40. There are a million types of sunblock out there so don’t give up. If you tend to itch, burn, or breakout after applying, you’re most likely allergic to chemical sunblock. Look for sunblocks that contain Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, as apposed to Oxybenzone, Avobenzone, OctylSalate, etc. A lot of times sunblock that’s mixed with makeup or moisturizer is chemically based, so your morning routine may have to be separate steps. Most non-chemical sunblocks will say “Natural”, “Pure”, “Free”, “Gentle”, or “Sensitive”.

2. Why do I need to come in for professional treatments to treat my skin?

-Honestly, it all comes down to numbers. Mainly, the years of experience an Aesthetician has and the percentage of acids in the treatments. Obviously, the more years experience the Aesthetician has the more skin they’ve seen and the more adept they are at their craft. The other side is that professionals use incredibly strong acids, much more so than anything you can buy online. There is a craze right now of buying things online and doing it yourself, which is a terrible idea. It’s the same as knowing you need a root canal and after reading up on the procedure, decide to have a go at it yourself. There are unforeseen risks, complications, and hazards. An Aesthetician has lived through the treatments themselves and knows how to correct any potential mishaps. Also, the more experience an Aesthetician has, the wider array of treatments they will be able to do.

3. Why don’t products from Walmart work?

-It’s all about formulation. Ironically, the companies who advertise the most, put the least into their products. If they would put half of their advertising budget into their products, everyone would have flawless skin at ridiculously inexpensive prices. Not to mention, only a few brands would survive since the big guys would drive out all of the competition. Also, the big guys aren’t interested in changing and supporting skincare, so the actual process of making the products is slip shot at best. Say Oil Of Olay has a Vitamin C night cream. They can literally take a 50 gallon drum of basic moisturizer, put an eyedropper full of Vitamin C , churn it about and voila! That’s not even taking into consideration that Vitamin C is extremely heat sensitive. Was this batch being made in Texas in the summer? Did it sit in the warehouse in Arizona? Has it been on the shelf in California for 2 years? All good questions, not to mention products are generally only viable up to a year after they’ve been made. Past one year, performance ingredients evaporate, oils separate, and anything good in there disappears. Professional lines guarantee pH of products. % of active/performance ingredients, made to order batches and proper formulation.

4. I don’t want to spend a lot of money/time/effort/discomfort in regards to my skin. What can I do?

-Honestly, not much. Making sure you have superb home care will go a long way, however professional treatments are what really kicks things up a notch. Take acne, for example. Serums, cleaners, and masks will help inflammation, however they can’t remove the dead skin deep in the pores. The only way it can be seen is through a magnifying lamp and with someone who knows what they’re looking for, (which to some extent not all Aestheticians do.) Also, with sun damage or wrinkles, you can stop future damage but its nearly impossible to reverse what’s there without more aggressive treatments. To sum things, spend the time/money/effort/ and get results you’re proud of rather than skimp and be unhappy for a longer period of time.

5. Is there really a connection between diet and your skin, especially with acne?

-Yes and no. A balanced healthy diet gives more nutrients to the body, more oxygen to the blood, and therefore more efficient skin. As far as breakouts go, everyone has the P. Acnes bacterium in their pores, it just tends to be more active in others. Certain food can cause inflammation and take a small/underground problem and turn it into World War 3. Also, there’s always a big debate on how much water to drink. The more water the better, as far as most Aestheticians are concerned. Everyone is dehydrated due to stress, environment, incorrect product of usage, etc. However, adding an extra glass of water a day won’t cure acne or get rid of wrinkles.

6. Why can’t I get the deepest peel or treatment my first visit?

-This is because your skin needs to be conditioned for aggressive treatments, especially if you have a darker skin tone or spend a lot of time in the sun. Anyone with Hispanic/Mediterranean/Persian/African or darker Caucasian tones are more at risk for pigmentation complications. The first being Hyper pigmentation. This is when patches of skin produce more pigment as a defense mechanism against trauma. Trauma being the peel or treatment. While this type of pigmentation  is unpleasant looking, it is reversible. However, hyperpigmentation takes time and therefore effort and/or money to correct. It is much better to avoid it in the long run. The second pigmentation complication is Hypo pigmentation. Hypo pigmentation happens when the melanocyte (cell that produced the melanin pigment) is damaged and stops producing melanin. This process is irreversible, unless you want to bleach the rest of your far, (think Michael Jackson.)

7. Why is home care such a big deal?

-Home care supports and encourages professional treatments. They can also help control and mitigate some of the effects of certain skin conditions, like acne or rosacea. Also, you get a professional treatment about once a month, You take care of your skin  the rest of the month. Since you spend the most time with your own skin, it really makes sense to invest in good home care and not start from square one each time you get a professional treatment.

8. Why is it a good idea to go through a series of treatments?

-There are a few reasons, actually. The first being that anyone who claims they can  “cure” a skin condition in one treatment is full of it. No skin condition was created in a weekend, and it can’t be solved in a weekend. Also, your skin will be able to handle much more aggressive treatments over time than your first appointment. More aggression means more improvement and better results. Also, a series demands commitment. It shows a willingness and dedication to changing your skin. In terms of your skin, anything worthwhile takes time.

9.What kind of makeup is best?

-In a perfect world, just mascara and lipstick would suffice. However, mineral makeup is by far the best in terms of your skin. There are a million mineral companies out there these days and they’re all pretty good. The only caution is that some companies use an ingredient called Bismuth Oxychloride. This is a filler and is known to cause itching, burning, swelling and overall skin discomfort. If you have sensitive skin, avoid this ingredient.

10. Why can’t I sweat or go into the sun after a treatment?

-Irritation, pure and simple. Peels and other treatments put heat into the skin, which is the burning sensation people sometimes feel. By sweating/having sun exposure you’re adding even more heat, in essence, ticking off the skin. Also, sweat brings the bacterium inside your pores to the surface and spreads over the skin. This can result in breakouts for several weeks after treatment. The more aggressive the treatment, the more you need to take it easy. If you need to spend extended time outside make sure you wear SPF, a hat, use an umbrella, etc. No sunbathing, tanning beds, gardening, working out as well. Basically, just chill!

Laser Tattoo Removal

This 19 year old patient from San Diego, California was unhappy her tattoo and was interested in having it removed. While doing some research online the patient came across Dr. Pousti and saw he performed tattoo removal in San Diego.

Before Treatment


Generally Tattoo Removal can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour depending on the complexity and size of the area being treated.Our Laser tattoo removal is performed in our La Mesa office on the first Tuesday of every month. The reason that is done is because it is very important to space out your treatments in an effort to prevent scaring. This patient has so far had 3 treatments so far and is very happy with her progress.

After Treatment


After the laser tattoo removal is performed ointment is applied


Bandages are also applied over the area to help prevent irritation or infection


The area must stay dry for 24 hours and it is best to avoid exposure to direct sunlight for at least 1 week. Patients can resume to their normal activities immediately after the laser treatment.

Lazer Tattoo Removal

This 45 year old patient from San Diego, California  was unhappy with her tattoo and was interested in tattoo removal. After doing research and searching online the patient found Pousti Plastic Surgery.  She found she could remove her tattoo but using laser removal.


The laser Dr. Pousti uses is a versapluse laser to remove unwanted tattoos.

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Patients may return to normal activity immediately after the procedure but are required to keep the area dry for 24 hours and to keep it out of direct sunlight for 1 week.

Laser Tattoo Removal Testimonial

Patient Testimonial:
Dear Dr. Tom Pousti and staff:

Thank you for the laser tattoo removal treatments on my upper arm. The tattoo performance was an unprofessional work of art. It was ugly and now it’s

Sincerely yours,
San Diego, CA