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Dr. Phillip Nakano, Prima Center - Duluth

Meet Dr. Nakano

Dr. Phillip Nakano is a skillful and highly-experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon of the face, breast and body in Duluth, GA. As an Atlanta native, Dr. Nakano is thrilled to be able to help patients accomplish their aesthetic goals at the Prima Center, which is within close proximity to his hometown. Dr. Nakano’s main goal is to make sure that his patients are happy and receive the desired results. With his vast knowledge, friendly manner and excellent results, Dr. Nakano is known as one of the best plastic surgeons in Georgia and has consistently been honored throughout his career.

Scheduling with Dr. Nakano

Dr. Nakano is currently semi-retired. For the rest of 2022, he is only accepting patients for face and eye procedures. For more information, please call our office at 404-649-5257.

Specialties and Skills

Although well-versed in all aspects of plastic surgery, Dr. Nakano has several specialties that he focuses on. Face and body cosmetic surgery procedures, breast enlargement, breast reconstruction and post bariatric body contouring are of particular interest to Dr. Nakano. He received specialized instruction in craniofacial training, which allows Dr. Nakano to successfully repair a number of deformities. In addition, the surgeon is passionate about helping patients achieve a more proportionate, contoured body following weight loss surgery in order to accomplish all of their weight loss goals. 

Education and Training

Dr. Nakano completed his undergraduate studies at the prestigious Duke University. From there, he earned his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine. In addition, he completed his general surgery residency at Emory University. At Louisiana State University Medical Center, Dr. Nakano fulfilled his plastic surgery training as a resident. His plastic surgery fellowship was at the University of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. It was at this highly-esteemed hospital where Dr. Nakano received highly-specialized training in craniofacial surgery.

Special Achievements

As a trusted and highly-regarded plastic surgeon, Dr. Nakano has consistently been named and honored as one of the best plastic surgeons and top doctors by Atlanta Magazine’s highly-selective Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors” list from 2007-2015. Dr. Nakano was also honored by Vitals’ Patients’ Choice Award from 2008 to 2010. In addition, Dr. Nakano has been named a “Super Doctor” by The highly sought-after plastic surgeon has been selected for numerous speaking engagements to provide his expertise and knowledge in the world of plastic surgery.


Some of Dr. Nakano’s most notable achievements and milestones are highlighted below.


  • Prima Center for Plastic Surgery, Duluth, GA

1992 to Present

Hospital Affiliations

  • Northside Gwinnett Medical Center

Board Certification

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery

Other Certifications

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS)


  • University of Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
    Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Craniofacial Training, 1989
  • Louisiana State University, Medical Center, New Orleans, LA
    Residency, Plastic Surgery, 1986-1988
  • Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Residency, General Surgery, 1981-1986
  • Emory University, School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA

      M.D. conferred, 1981

  • Duke University, Durham, NC

Undergraduate Studies, 1974-1977

Society Affiliations

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.
  • The Georgia Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Gwinnett-Forsyth Medical Society
  • The Medical Association of Georgia

Academic Teaching Appointments

  • Eastern Virginia Medical School, Department of Plastic Surgery, Norfolk, VA

Clinical Assistant Professor, 1990 – 1992

Honors & Awards

  • “Top Doc Award,” Atlanta Magazine, 2007-2019
  • Vitals’ Patients’ Choice Award, 2008-2010
  • “Super Doctor” by

Publications and Presentations

Medical Privileges


"Dr. Philip Nakano has a genuine personality! Excellent bedside manners and cares a great deal about his patients. His facial procedures are beautiful! I trust him."



"Dr. Nakano and nurse Lisa were amazing. Dr. Nakanos artistic skill and patience alongside Lisas great attention to detail and bedside care made me feel comfortable and at home. ☺️"



"Words cannot express just how much this office means to me. After a weight loss journey and finally getting tired of not loving myself in the mirror, I made the plunge. Dr. Nakano did two procedures on my body. One in December 2020 and one, just now, in August 2021. When I look in the mirror, I love myself and my body. It's the first time, and I am 34, that I absolutely LOVE who I am. I have never had more confidence in a surgeon and his staff. I have never felt more appreciated and cared for in a way that only family usually does. I have the utmost respect and love for Dr. Nakano. He is one of a kind. His compassion for people and results is more than above and beyond. Lisa and Adrianna were my angels with my first surgery and with my second, everyone in the front office made this one as seamless as possible. Anyone on the fence, go see the staff at Prima Center and the fence will come falling down faster than you walking in the front door."



"I love Prima Center and I love the staff! Dr Nakano is amazing... I had a cyst on my neck and he took it out and made it cosmetically acceptable."



"Fantastic place and excellent doctors ! Everyone was very caring ant attentive . I felt comfortable and safe .Very happy and satisfied with dr.Nakano work .Professionalism and brilliance . Highly recommend to everyone ."



*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.