Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5005 Arlington Centre Blvd.
Columbus, Ohio 43220 US
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"Dr Wakelin did my breast augmentation about 5 years ago, then 4 years ago I had a tummy tuck, then lipo of the inner thing and now cool sculpting, along with Botox over the past 5 years...." "Still waiting for my breasts to "drop and fluff" but it's still early and regardless they look really great!" "He put us at ease, and we felt very confident that I would be very pleased with the results."

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5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

49 Years Old, Married Mom of 1. - Columbus, OH

I am a big girl and had a smaller chest. I always wanted a little more to balance out my curves. I wanted natural breasts that normally respond to gravity. NOT bowling balls under my chin. They are perfect. Everyone tells me that they look so natural. I WENT FOR MY MAMMOGRAM. THEY READ MY CHART AND NOTICED I HAD AUGMENTATION SINCE MY LAST VISIT. THE TECH SAID: "THAT IS THE BEST BOOB JOB I...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

42 Year Old Wanted to Be Properly Proportioned - Upper Arlington, OH

Dr. Wakelin, cares about his patents. He took into consideration my needs and helped me resolve my issues. I never felt rushed at anytime, Dr. Wakelin spent time with me during my consult, day of surgery, and post-op answering any questions and making sure my surgery was a success.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Plastic Surgery - Upper Arlington, OH

Dr. John K. Wakelin, has worked with me concerning my procedure and has without a doubt the best bedside manner, taking time to answer questions and to assure me that all is to be expected. He has also explained any information he feels I may have concerns with in the future. He let me know I can call with any additional questions even though he has released me from his care. I know that should I need or have a desire to have additional procedures in the future Dr. Wakelin will be the doctor I contact. I have already referred others to him. Again I thank you Dr. Wakelin

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

28 y/o, Breast Implants, 300cc Silicone Gel, High Profile, Submuscular - Columbus, OH

Dr. Wakelin is great. He's very professional, polite, and so is the staff. I had my consultation, surgery, and next day follow-up and they even gave me an (after)care package with scar cream which is one thing I hadn't bought, so that was awesome! Still waiting for my breasts to "drop and fluff" but it's still early and regardless they look really great! I would go through CAPS all over again.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

72 Years Old and in Great Need of a Tummy Tuck! - Columbus, OH

My husband and I both immediately liked Dr. Wakelin. There was never any pressure or sales pitch. He explained what he could do and what he felt the results would be. He was extremely easy to talk to and was very kind. He put us at ease, and we felt very confident that I would be very pleased with the results. He and his assistant, Melissa were very helpful through and after the whole process! I am thrilled!

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

29 Years Old with 3 Kids. Columbus, OH

The first time I meet Dr. Wakelin I gave him a run down of all my concerns and areas that I had issues with he went through each one and explain each procedure recovery time and realistic expectations... I was sold but was not able to schedule yet because with everything I wanted done it was going to be a bit more then I expected. I put my plans on hold for a little while (about 2-3 years and after another baby). And decided to see if I could look into the more affordable options, so I met with a few other surgeons and just didn't feel like I could trust them complete with my body, even though their price was substantially reduced, I just couldn't risk my body, life, or wellbeing to save a few bucks! I decided to go back to Doctor Wakelin and this time I already knew what day I wanted and about how much is was going to run me. So we worked everything out and I was in surgery with in a month in a half. He came in talk to me just before surgery and even checked in with my family as soon as I was finished. They said he went over all home care and restrictions. Checked on my again after the anesthesia wore off and let me know how great I did! His office and staff were always available for any concerns and questions I had! It's been about 3 month since now and I love my results and will refer him to anyone

5 out of 5 stars CoolSculpting

Cool Sculpt. Arms, Thighs- Outer & Inner, Bra Line, Back of Thighs - Arlington, OH

Amazing doctor & practice. I would highly Recommend Columbus Asthetics and Plastic Surgery to anyone. Dr Wakelin did my breast augmentation about 5 years ago, then 4 years ago I had a tummy tuck, then lipo of the inner thing and now cool sculpting, along with Botox over the past 5 years. Everything I have had done has exceeded my expectations and the incision are perfect little lines that are not noticeable. Great place to get anything cosmetically done.

5 out of 5 stars Rhinoplasty

Top in His Field for a Reason - Columbus, OH

Dr. Wakelin took the time to really listen and understand my desired results. He and his staff were always quick to answer any questions. Their attention to detail is second to none. Linda Cody RN was exceptional! She always so nice and attentive to my needs! It was a great experience! I highly recommend him and only him!

5 out of 5 stars Laser Liposuction

Beautiful Journey & Beautiful Outcome - Columbus, OH

What a wonderful experience from start to finish! I completed months of research looking for the right surgeon to do my laser liposuction and otoplasty procedures. Dr. John Wakelin proved top notch with a background of outstanding credentials supported by solid experience. The added bonus was ease of conversation through all of my questions, his patient explanation of each procedure , provision of expected results, and the amount of time he spent making me feel comfortable and happy with each step forward. Now onto Dr. Wakelin's most valuable tool... The CAPS staff are UNPARALLELED in their knowledge, outreach, and professionalism. I can honestly say it was joy interacting with the ladies of the Upper Arlington location. Their use of electronic communication for my convenience was a perk I have never experienced with any other doctor. The day of my procedures went beautifully with the outpatient surgery center staff anticipating my every need and even treating my family wonderfully throughout! Lastly, the amazing Linda Cody spent an extraordinary amount of time checking in on my progress, answering each email and phone call promptly, and after each conversation affirmed that CAPS is the one and only place I will ever have any aesthetic procedure or beauty fix. Each appointment, the procedures themselves, the follow up care, photographs, and overall journey has been true pleasure that I recommend you experience for yourself. Thank you sincerely for a beautiful journey and a beautiful outcome!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Fantastic Doctor and Team! - Columbus, OH

Dr. Wakelin was highly recommended by my general surgeon and my OB, independently of each other, and I'm glad they did. I'm not sure what my expectations were of a plastic surgeon, but he definitely exceeded them. Dr. Wakelin is friendly and approachable, and is obviously quite knowledgeable and skilled at his craft. And his nurses are absolutely wonderful. They always respond very quickly to any fears or questions I have, and I've had several. Each time they not only completely answer my questions, but empathize and understand with my concerns. If I ever need any more help, I would absolutely return to Dr. Wakelin and his team.

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

Personal Statement

Dr. John K. Wakelin has the gift of an astute artistic eye which enables him to provide truly impeccable, natural results. “I try to approach each patient as an individual in order to really understand that patient’s expectations and goals,” says Dr. Wakelin

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


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

Consultation Fee

$100. Mention RealSelf and receive 50% off your consultation fee

Awards & Recognition

Best Plastic Surgeons in America, Consumer’s Checkbook
Top Doctor in Columbus, OH for Plastic Surgery, Global Directory of Who’s Who
Professional Recognition:
Clinical Faculty, Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health
Chair of Plastic Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital, 2008-2014
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Wakelin has hospital affiliations at Riverside Methodist Hospital.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Philosophy, Xavier University, 1996
    Medical: MD, The Ohio State University, 2000
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery. Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Columbus, OH, 2001
    General Surgery, Mt. Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH, 2003
    Plastic Surgery, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH 2005

Treatments offered at Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery

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I have had breast implants for 14 years. How Long Do Breast Implants Last?

There is no expiration date for breast implants, and I have seen patients that have had breast implants trouble-free for as many as 30 years.... READ MORE

Liposuction Swelling - How Long Until It Goes Down?

It is very common to have swelling and even some bumpiness during the recovery period after liposuction. I tell my patients that most of the swelling... READ MORE

Would Liposuction be a good option for me or am I looking to be more of a candidate for a Tummy tuck? Mini of full? (Photos)

A Tummy Tuck will certainly be able to accomplish a better contour of your abdomen, and combining it with some liposuction would get you an even... READ MORE

How Early Can Capsular Contraction Start and What Are the Symptoms?

Fortunately it is very unlikely that you've begun developing capsular contracture 10 days after breast augmentation surgery.  It usually takes at ... READ MORE

Mommy Makeover Recovery Time

The recovery time necessary after a Mommy Makeover can vary depending upon each individual’s circumstances. This recovery time can last anywhere... READ MORE

How did you go about deciding to have breast reconstruction after mastectomy?

A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. There are multiple tests that are completed, several doctors appointments, the emotional impact of... READ MORE

Vaser vs Smart Lipo

Vaser, Smartlipo and traditional liposuction are all excellent techniques for body shaping, and I use all three techniques in my practice. The Vaser... READ MORE

Beverage server that lifts about 8Ibs at a time: planning on having a tummy tuck in the near future.

Tummy tuck recovery can certainly vary from person to person and depending on the details of your procedure.  The most important factor in recovery ... READ MORE

Will breast augmentation with implants affect sensitivity of the nipples?

It is very common to have temporary changes in nipple sensation after breast augmentation, and this can vary somewhat depending on the technique used.... READ MORE

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John K. Wakelin III, MD, FACS has shared 118 before and after pictures with 302 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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