La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
1322 Scott Street, Suite 102
San Diego, California 92106 US
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"He always took the time to talk me through everything, made me feel 110% comfortable and really followed through with his results." "My neck and back pain is completely gone and the bonus is that my breast are absolutely beautiful." "I've even had doctors comment on how great my results are in spite of the fact one breast was radiated!"

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5 out of 5 stars Brazilian Butt Lift

Bbl - San Diego, CA

If I could give more stars, I would. Dr Apostolides is very professional and straight to the point, he did not sugar coat anything, which I prefer.I knew exactly what I was in for. His bedside manner was great and he answered all my questions and concerns before and after the procedure in a very timely manner and I can't wait for my final results. I sincerely Thank Dr Apostolides and his staff for everything.

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

41 5 Children Much Needed Mommy Makeover. San Diego, CA

From the moment I met Dr. John Apostolides I knew he was the one! I instantly got a warm feeling! During the consult I learned not only was he comfortable to be around but, that he was a 100% perfectionist and pays extreme attention to details! When I left I told my husband he is the one! Day of surgery same warm feeling and all of the trips since equally as comfortable as the first! All around Wonderful experience! So happy with his work and his office! I made the right decision! Thanks a millions x 10!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Amazing Doctor, Amazing Staff. Nothing Short of Perfection. - La Jolla, CA

Dr. Apostolides is warm, knowledgeable and professional. He worked with me through every appointment in selecting an appropriate size and shape of implant for my body frame and for the natural look I desired. The entire staff at SK Clinic is so kind and responsive, I could not have asked for a better experience. My surgery went smoothly, my recovery was trouble-free and I love my new look- everything turned out perfectly. I would highly reccommend Dr. Apostolides and am so lucky to have found him.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Amazing Doctor, Staff and Beautiful Breasts - La Jolla, CA

The Dr.s beside manner was comforting and relaxing. He ALWAYS answered all of my questions and made sure that I understood. My after care follow-up was extremely comfortable. I was cared for in a very caring and curtious manner. He was at every appointment I had. Any question or concern I had by phone or e-mail was immediately responded to. The staff is absolutely wonderful, caring, and responsive to any need I had. The payment process they set up with me was unbelieveable. They asked me to give a down payment of what I could. I gave a down payment over half of total. They then asked what I could pay monthly, I told them and they said ok. They completely work with you to make sure that you are happy. My wait time was never long at all. I was always in and out.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implant Revision

Deflated 18 Year Old Implant - La Jolla, CA

Highly professional, caring and compassionate. Dr A is always available and accessible to his patients. I have never received such care with any other doctor. This was a great experience. His staff is very sensitive to the needs of his patients.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

I Feel Amazing - La Jolla, CA

I went in for a consultation and knew he was the one I wanted to do my surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Neck Lift

A Great Experience - La Jolla, CA

Dr. Apostolides creates a unique treatment plan designed to make each patient look and feel their best. He made me feel comfortable from the first moment I met him for a consultation. His knowledge and professionalism impressed me. Dr. Apostolides answered all my questions patiently.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Look No Further For The Finest Cosmetic Surgeon Here - La Jolla, CA

It is with great appreciation that I write this letter of recommendation for my surgeon Dr. Apostolides. I can’t imagine having gone through this process with anyone but him. I chose him because he is patient, kind, hard working, knowledgeable and simply an artist with his skills in cosmetic surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction and Tummy Tuck Journey 8 Days out -La Jolla, CA

The surgeon I chose- Dr John Apostolides was the best fit for me. He spent the most time explaining the procedures in detail before he examined me. He was the only one that met me fully dressed. His office staff was great. I felt very comfortable with him and I am happy with my decision.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Breast Cancer Survivor Required Double Mastectomy - San Diego, CA

Dr. Apostolides, has been the best Doctor in dealing with my reconstruction. He has made it easy on me to focus on healing. He really cares about his patient's. He does more of the DIEP Flap Procedures than any other Dr. South of LA. My friend was told by 5 different Dr.'S that she could not be reconstructed after single mastectomy, I stI'll encouraged her to see Dr. Apostolides, he is able reconstruct her. I am personally grateful, because he gave me my womanhood back to me, and for that I am forever grateful. Dr. Apostolides is kind, even all of the nurses at the hospital have nothing but great things to say about Dr. Apostolides. I love that he is a perfectionist and he has helped me get my body back after chemo. He truly is an amazing and incredibly brilliant! I would absolutely recommend anyone to see him.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Personal Statement

Dr. Apostolides is dedicated to compassionate patient care with an interest and passion for the precision and artistry of plastic surgery. He trained under many of the world’s leading experts in plastic & aesthetic surgery, microsurgery, breast reconstruction, and facial trauma.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Hospital Privileges

Dr. Apostolides has hospital affiliations at Scripps Memorial Hospital and Sharp Memorial Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: Bachelors of Science, Georgetown University
    Medical: MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Residency: Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Fellowship: Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital

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Blog Posts and Articles

Aesthetic Body Contouring Plastic Surgery Helps Restored Confidence, Improve Lifestyle After Major Weight Loss

Anyone who has ever undertaken a diet knows that, no matter how successful the method, losing weight is only half the battle when it comes to maintaining a fit, healthy body for life. In the case of extreme weight loss, this is especially true: formerly obese individuals must contend not only with the strictures of a healthier lifestyle, but also with unsightly excess skin that hangs on after fat loss. Aesthetic body contouring plastic surgery is an effective solution to help rid...

Facial Rejuvenation Treatments Restore Youthful Beauty for Aging Patients

Men and women alike strive to maintain a youthful appearance as they age; and fortunately, as advances in medical science and popular preventative health care improve, more and more individuals are now utilizing dietary, lifestyle and cosmetic resources to fend off the most distinctive signs and symptoms of aging. But some skin damage is impossible to correct with antioxidants, creams and sunscreens alone – and in such cases, professionally-administered skin preservation and correction...

Cosmetic Versus Plastic Surgery: How They Differ – and What to Know Before Making a Decision

What is the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery? To many, the distinction may seem trivial – or even nonexistent; but for anyone considering an elective or reconstructive surgical procedure, the difference in training, experience and certification between cosmetic and plastic surgeons is critical – and one that should weigh heavily in the decision-making process. According to law, any licensed physician can offer cosmetic surgery services; and while he may undergo one or...

Introducing the Brazilian Butt-Lift: The Latest Trend in Body-Sculpting Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

What do Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Beyonce have in common? Aside from red-hot careers in the celebrity spotlight, these three starlets also possess some of the most talked-about backsides in Hollywood; and now, their famously curvy figures have inspired a new trend in cosmetic plastic surgery known as the Brazilian Butt-Lift. In years past, if a woman wanted to enhance the shape of her buttocks, she would need to get butt implants in order to make her natural curves rounder and more...

How Rhinoplasty Blends Beauty with Functionality for Plastic Surgery Patients

Plastic surgery rumors rank among the top news headlines in Hollywood tabloids; and just recently, yet another celebrity confessed to going under the knife – again. According to US Weekly “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Alexis Bellino confirmed that she underwent a “nose job,” or rhinoplasty due to a blend of aesthetic and functional concerns. Bellino’s surgeon explained that the reality star requested surgery both in an attempt to refine the shape of her nose...

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Breast augmentation via fat grafting

Fat Grafting procedures have been performed for several years to augment and reconstruct various parts of the body. Common procedures are the... READ MORE

If I Get the Brazilian Butt Lift, Wouldn't I be Able to Burn the Fat Off, Is that Likely?

The Brazilian Butt Lift is a natural and effective procedure to create a perky sensual buttock to maximize the aesthetics of the body. When fat that... READ MORE

5'4", 120 lbs, no kids. Very small and flat but want go to a DD. Could it be possible? (Photo)

Thank you for your questions. From your photos you appear to be an excellent candidate for breast augmentation. A detailed consultation with a board... READ MORE

What are the risks of having liposuction/bbl and tummy tuck all at the same time?

I always recommend staging surgeries when a patient wants to have a BBL and any surgery on their front side such as tummy tuck or breast surgery. The... READ MORE

How long after having a baby can I get a Brazilian Butt Lift?

I typically recommend that after child birth and breast feeding, women wait 6 months prior to elective surgery. In addition it is important that you... READ MORE

Am I a good candidate for BBL? Realistic hopes? (Photo)

Your photographs suggest that you are a good candidate for a brazilian buttlift. A detialed consultation with a board ceritifed plastic surgeon will... READ MORE

Would a low body fat percentage be a problem for Breast Augmentation surgery or recovery? (photo)

Your low body fat percentage should not be an issue. The key point is to pick an implant shape and size that matches your body type. I have many... READ MORE

Is there anyway to fix my horrible breasts result after implant removal? How much would it cost? (photo)

Thank you for your questions. A detailed consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in revisional surgery will help to create... READ MORE

Can I get fat transfer to my breasts even if I have implants in there?

Thank you for your question. It is possible to have fat grafting to further augment your breasts, even with existing implants. Depending on your goal... READ MORE

I had correction from 265 natrelle to 230 low profile. Will my boob correct itself?

If you have concerns you should definitely express them to your plastic surgeon. Commonly when correcting the breast pocket it is necessary to over... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Apostolides

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