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Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery

A good surgeon will know how to treat your body, but a truly excellent surgeon will also understand your concerns and desires. This is the philosophy of the plastic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio who practice at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery. They are dedicated to blending some of the most technologically-advanced surgical methods with a personally and aesthetically sensitive approach to patient care.

The practice offers a full array of procedures including breast enhancement, facial surgery, body contouring, and medical spa skin rejuvenation.

Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery

Upper Arlington Office

4971 Arlington Centre Blvd

Upper Arlington, OH 43220

Phone: (614) 246-6900

Easton Office

4030 Easton Station, Suite 260

Columbus, OH 43219

Phone: (614) 246-6900





Cheek Implants

Chemical Peels

Chin Augmentation

Collagen Injection


Ear Surgery

Eyelid Surgery

Facial Resurfacing

Face Lifts

Fat Injections

Forehead Lift

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Lip Augmentation




Breast Augmentation (Breast Implants)

Breast Reduction

Breast Lifts

Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Gynecomastia)


Breast Implant Removal

Breast Reconstruction



Arm Lift

Body-Contouring after Massive Weight Loss

Body Lift

Buttock Implants

Buttock Lift

Fat Injections



Spider-Vein Treatment

Thigh/Leg Lift

VASER® LipoSelection®

Medical Spa Services

Laser Treatments

- Laser Hair Removal

- Wrinkle Reduction

- Treating Vascular Lesions

Exfoliation & Peels

- Dermaplaning

- Chemical Peels

Botox® Cosmetic

Injectable Fillers

- Perlane®

- Restylane®

- Juvéderm

- Radiesse®

- Zyderm®

- Zyplast®

Meet the Surgeons
Timothy A. Treece, M.D., F.A.C.S. - “There is simply no cookie cutter technique; the surgeon must match the operation to the person, and every person is unique.”
Susan D. Vasko, M.D., F.A.C.S. - “Our group’s philosophy is to give advice on things that are truly beneficial to the patient.”
Robert T. Heck, M.D., F.A.C.S. - “We really are able to help our patient’s self-esteem enormously.”
John K. Wakelin III, M.D., F.A.C.S. - “I try to approach each patient as an individual.”

The Surgeons' Qualifications, Awards, and Experience

Few cosmetic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio have the qualifications and experience of the doctors at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery. All four surgeons are board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

  • Timothy A. Treece, M.D. received his Medical Doctorate degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He and Dr. Vasko founded Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery together to combine science and artistry for satisfying cosmetic enhancements. His achievements have earned him recognition as the region’s Best Surgeon, including being named a “Top Doc” in Columbus as voted on by his peers.
  • Susan D. Vasko, M.D. also earned her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She continues to involve herself in the world of surgical education because she believes that every patient deserves a unique approach that is clinically precise and aesthetically pleasing. Dr. Vasko’s surgical care and results have earned her peer awards as a Columbus “Top Doc.”
  • Robert T. Heck, M.D. earned his Medical Doctorate degree from the Medical College of Ohio. Both professional and academic organizations have recognized him with awards for surgical excellence and high standards for patient care. Dr. Heck’s research has been published by some of the top cosmetic and plastic surgery journals.
  • John K. Wakelin III, M.D. a board-certified plastic surgeon in Columbus, Ohio, has a tremendous passion for his work and the care of his patients. This is demonstrated by his constant focus on your safety and well-being. When you enter Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, every effort is made to make your experience a pleasant one. The welcoming staff constantly strives to maintain a welcoming and comfortable environment to help you plan and achieve excellent results.

Discovering More Beautiful Breasts

Every woman wants proportionate, attractive breasts. The surgeons at Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery understand how breast form impacts self image, so they take the time to understand your unique needs. Procedures they offer include:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast reduction
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reconstruction

Breast augmentation patients in Columbus, Ohio, enjoy having options regarding implant type, placement, size, and incision site. Your surgeon will adapt your procedure according to both your desires and your body type. Many women who have had children notice that their breasts undergo significant changes due to breastfeeding and hormone fluctuations during and after pregnancy. For breasts that have changed shape and size after childbearing, combination procedures can lift and either reduce or augment breasts for a naturally youthful contour.

Achieving a Better Body Contour

When even diet and exercise fail to tighten excess skin and remove excess fat, Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery offers a number of surgical enhancements to address your concerns personally and explain each procedure in detail. For a smoother, slimmer profile, you may choose liposuction to target fat using advanced techniques for results that only highly experienced plastic surgeons can achieve. Columbus, Ohio patients often prefer the newer body contouring procedures such as Smartlipo™ and Vaser LipoSelection®, which offer attractive results with less downtime than traditional liposuction methods.

While liposuction is one of the most popular options at the practice, other cosmetic procedures can work wonders in shaping your body contour. A tummy tuck tightens lax abdominal muscles, and other contouring procedures can sculpt and smooth loose skin on the body, thighs, buttocks, and arms. Procedures for men also include cosmetic muscle enhancement and correction of gynecomastia.

Revitalizing Your Face and Skin

You may be healthy, but if your face looks worn out it can negatively reflect on your inner vibrancy. Plastic surgery can correct facial wear through a full or mini face lift. Other enhancements include eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, and nonsurgical procedures such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers.

Many men and women prefer Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery as their laser hair removal center of choice. Columbus, Ohio laser therapy also can revive skin and target other flaws such as wrinkles, overpigmentation, and spider veins. For busy women, the center provides the lasting look and time-saving effects of permanent makeup.

Dr. Timothy A. Treece

Dr. Timothy Treece was rated in the top 5 plastic surgeons in Columbus Ohio by the most recent 10TV & Columbus Dispatch Docs Rates Docs Survey. When looking for a Columbus Plastic Surgeon, you want someone who not only has the training, experience and certification required to safely create the results you desire, but you want someone who is respected and admired by his peers and patients alike. With a lifelong interest in both the sciences and visual arts, a career in plastic surgery seemed a natural fit for Dr. Treece. Named the top cosmetic surgeon in Central Ohio in the past two consecutive “Doc Rate Docs” surveys of physicians in Columbus, Dr. Timothy A. Treece is also one of the co-founding members of Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Voted “Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Central Ohio” by readers of Columbus C.E.O. Magazine in both 2009 and 2010
  • Recipient of the “Outstanding Teaching Award” from the plastic surgery residents at Ohio State
  • University, and recognized by The American Society of Plastic Surgeons for his work with The Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
  • Recipient of the “Consumer’s Choice Award” for America’s Best Plastic Surgeons
  • Distinguished by The Allergan Corporation as a member of The National Council of Leaders in Breast Aesthetics

Education & Experience

As a proud native of the Columbus area, Dr. Treece always knew that he wanted to attend The Ohio State University. After completing an honors undergraduate program, he continued on to The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Treece left Ohio in 1982 for a five-year residency program at The University of Texas in Houston, and during that time had the honor of being named Chief Surgical Resident. He has played an integral role in providing care to children in third world countries who were in need of facial cleft lip and palate repair. Over the course of his career, Dr. Treece has been active in the teaching community; as a faculty member at Ohio State, he shares his knowledge and experience with the newest generation of future surgeons, and actively assists in the development of new, more advanced surgical techniques. In addition, Dr. Treece is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons, certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and has served ten years as Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Susan D. Vasko

Dr. Susan Vasko was rated in the top 5 plastic surgeons in Columbus Ohio by the most recent 10TV & Columbus Dispatch Docs Rates Docs Survey. A founding member of Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, along with Dr. Treece, Dr. Vasko has been helping patients heal, restore, and rejuvenate to create the naturally beautiful results they desire, and has been doing so for over 18 years now. She was selected in the 2010 Consumers Checkbook Guide to Top Doctors in Columbus as one of the top 3 plastic surgeons. Dr. Susan Vasko is also among 5% of doctors in the nation to receive the Patients Choice Award in both 2010 and 2011 – an award voted by actual patients that reflects the difference a particular physician has made in their lives. Additionally, she was rated one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Columbus, Ohio in the past two consecutive “Docs Rate Docs” surveys conducted by The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV, proving that she is a doctor you can trust and count on to get the results you want.

Education & Experience

Perhaps like you, and many of our patients, Dr. Susan Dietrich Vasko is a Ohio native. She received her medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine, completed four years of general surgery residency and two additional years of plastic surgery residency at the Ohio State University Hospitals. Dr. Vasko was an engineering undergrad which she says has even helped in her work today. As a natural problem solver, she approaches each case with fresh eyes and an open mind. Her ability to use her critical thinking to find the best treatment for each individual patient is perhaps part of what sets her apart from the rest.

Dedicated to Research and Innovation

A member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Vasko is dedicated to staying at the top of her field so she can bring you the best treatment possible. As the program director at Riverside Methodist Hospital for the plastic surgery residency program, she is committed to teaching our next generation of plastic surgeons. As a leader in her field, Dr. Vasko pioneered two advanced studies: a study evaluating liposuction methods as well as research focused on infection prevention protocol utilizing tissue expanders during breast reconstruction. She presented the results to her peers at the 2012 ASAPS meeting (the premier aesthetic meeting in the world), as well as the 2012 Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting.

Dr. Robert T. Heck

Dr. Robert Heck was rated in the top 5 plastic surgeons in Columbus Ohio by the most recent 10TV & Columbus Dispatch Docs Rates Docs Survey. You may have read his work as Dr. Heck has authored several cosmetic and breast surgery articles in most of the recognized journals on plastic surgery. In 2004, two years after joining Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, Dr. Heck was awarded The Prism Award for his outstanding work in breast surgery.

Named Top Surgeon

Named one of America’s top plastic surgeons by The Strathmore Group, Dr. Heck’s patients rest easy knowing they are in the best of hands.

Dr. Heck says that one of the most gratifying aspects of his work is watching the change in his patient’s self-esteem and confidence following surgery and he invites you to schedule a confidential consultation with him to discover your options for creating the changes you wish to see turned into reality.

  • Board Certified plastic surgeon with over 10 years of experience specializing in advanced cosmetic surgery of the Breast, Face & Body.
  • One of a very select few surgeons to have completed an Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship in Los Angeles
  • Trained to perform the Laser Bra by the creator & renowned California surgeon, Dr. Grant Stevens
  • Named one of the Top Plastic Surgeons in America by The Strathmore Group
  • Voted by other physicians as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Central Ohio, in the 2010 “Docs Rate Docs” Survey
  • Awarded membership into the exclusive “American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery” for his skill in cosmetic surgery
  • Awarded the Patients Choice Award in the field of plastic surgery in 2008, 2009 and 2010
  • Performs the most up to date & advanced techniques learned through his extensive training on both the East and West coasts
  • Winner of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in Surgical Education.

Education & Experience

Dr. Robert T. Heck is a board-certified diplomat of The American Board of Plastic Surgery and joined Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in 2002. Graduating from The Medical College of Ohio in 1995 with honors, Dr. Heck earned the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society Membership. During his medical school career, Dr. Heck also was awarded numerous other awards such as the Marion C. Anderson and Toledo Surgery Society Awards for his academic achievement in surgery. From early on, his commitment to excellence was evident and continues to be one of the reasons patients like you seek him out.

Residency & Fellowships

Following medical school, Dr. Heck completed four years of general surgery residency training at The Medical College of Ohio, where he was awarded The Outstanding Surgery Resident Award, and The Golden Apple Resident Award for excellence in surgical teaching. During his two years of plastic surgery residency at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Dr. Heck was granted a highly competitive Aesthetic and Breast fellowship in Los Angeles where he trained under the renowned surgeon Dr. W. Grant Stevens, M.D., F.A.C.S. It was there that Dr. Heck perfected his skills in aesthetic surgery and learned many of the cutting-edge procedures he can now offer you today, such as the Laser Bra technique.

Dr. John K. Wakelin, III

Dr. John K. Wakelin III was rated in the top 5 plastic surgeons in Columbus Ohio by the most recent 10TV & Columbus Dispatch Docs Rates Docs Survey. 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, “I strongly believe that carefully listening to each patient enables me to formulate a comprehensive surgery and treatment plan tailored to meet each individual’s needs.” Most patients are looking for a plastic surgeon who they connect with and feel truly understands the results they want. Dr. Wakelin goes above and beyond to make sure he understands your goals and concerns, and to make sure you understand your options- the risks and the benefits.

Dedicated to Patient Care

Dr. Wakelin understands that getting plastic surgery can sometimes be scary or stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. He and the rest of the staff at Columbus Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery make every effort to ensure your experience is as comfortable, relaxing and positive as possible.

Widely recognized as a talented and caring plastic surgeon, Dr Wakelin was selected as one of the top 5 plastic surgeons in the 2010 Consumers’ Checkbook Guide to Top Doctors in Columbus. He was voted by his fellow physicians as one of the top cosmetic surgeons in Columbus in the 2010 “Docs Rate Docs” Survey and in both 2009 and 2010, he was recognized as a Patients’ Choice Doctor as one of the physicians most highly regarded by their patients.

Additionally, Dr. Wakelin has received the prestigious Compassionate Doctor certification through the Patients’ Choice recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors. Of the nation’s 720,000 active physicians, only 3% were accorded this honor in 2011. The recognition is both an honor for Dr. Wakelin and a result of the importance he places upon listening to, understanding and interacting personally with each patient.

Dr. Wakelin Named a “Top Doctor”

Dr. Wakelin was recently named one of the Best Plastic Surgeons in America by Consumer’s Checkbook, an independent, non-profit consumer organization founded with the purpose of providing consumers information when seeking the highest quality services.

Each doctor has been peer-nominated and selected by the nation’s leading providers of information on top doctors. All doctors are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).

One of America’s Top Surgeons

Dr. Wakelin was selected as one of America’s Top Surgeons by the Consumer’s Research Council of America.

Who’s Who

Dr. Wakelin was selected by The Global Directory of Who’s Who as a Top Doctor in Columbus, OH for Plastic Surgery.

Charitable Work

Committed to maintaining and staying up to date on the latest and greatest advancements in plastic surgery, Dr. Wakelin continually attends and teaches at conferences. He is also strongly and enthusiastically involved in several charitable organizations and has completed missions through Operation Smile in several developing countries such as Honduras, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Peru, Egypt and China, where he performed reconstructive surgery on children and adults with cleft lips and palates.

Columbus Ohio Plastic Surgeon Dr. Wakelin is a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Treece is very kind and professional”

“Very pleased with the results of my surgery…the staff worked very hard to please me.”

“I wish I was referred to your office before my previous surgery. Dr. Treece has been wonderful!”

“I truly appreciate how nice everyone is at the office. It has made my cancer experience much easier”

“Dr. Vasko was fantastic. I felt like she gave me all the time in the world and answered all my questions. I would absolutely go back to her.”

“I was pleased with the whole experience and the procedure.”

“Dr. Vasko and Megan are wonderful. The breast reconstruction I am going through is not the easiest. However they are both so helpful and supportive.”

“Dr. Vasko is a wonderful person and doctor. Happy to have her as my doctor.”

“thank you so much for my breast reduction surgery done by Dr. Vasko. It has changed my life. I love it!”

“Dr. Heck and his staff are phenomenal - kind, caring, friendly and funny. I’ve never had a more positive experience in a physician’s office.”

“after cancer, the reconstruction process has been long. The staff at Columbus Aesthetics have made the experience very positive.”

“the facility is very clean, friendly, and courteous.”

“very happy with the overall care and experience”

“I would recommend Dr. Wakelin to friends and family”

“Everybody in the office was very professional and Dr. Wakelin has been very pleasant and professional.”

“outstanding service”

Consumers' Choice Award

Columbus Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery was recently selected to receive a 2011 Consumers’ Choice Award, receiving top marks for a plastic surgery practice for “excellence in customer service.”

As Dr. Treece puts it, the way our patients feel about the service we provide matters more to us than anything else. Therefore, our surgeons and staff consider it especially gratifying to be singled out for great work by Columbus area consumers.