Larry S. Nichter, MD, FACS


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Read about Dr. Nichter in The Beauty Book
Read about Dr. Nichter in The Beauty Book

Dr. Larry Nichter has been performing Plastic Surgery in Southern California since 1985. His outstanding surgical skills, compassion, and warm way with patients continue to bring him recognition locally and nationally among patients and physicians alike. He has served for eight years as Chairman/Vice Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, one of the largest Plastic Surgical Departments in the world. His outstanding surgical skills, compassion, and warm way with patients continue to bring him recognition locally and nationally among patients and physicians alike. He has been featured in publications, TV and radio around the world including locally in U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, and Orange County Register. Time Magazine’s June 2015 cover story spotlighted Dr. Nichter’s practice. He is one of the few acknowledged Plastic Surgeons as without peer by being named by all three peer review Publications: Best Doctors, Top Doctors, and Super Doctors. Local honors include being named a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Society, and selected in Orange Coast Magazine’s “The Best Plastic Surgeons in Orange County” each year since 1996 when the survey began. This listing was adapted from The Best Doctors in America, Pacific Region published by Woodward/White. This survey is based on interviews with Plastic Surgeons in the Pacific Region and across the United States selecting the top 5% of Plastic Surgeons those surveyed feel most comfortable sending a friend, loved one or themselves for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Nichter has also been named as one of America’s Top Doctors based on the annual physician survey publication Castle and Connolly Guide to America’s Top Doctors. He has been selected by his patients to receive the Most Compassionate Doctor Recognition Award since 2010 by American Registry, an honor accorded to less than 3% of physicians. He serves on national committees of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and has served as a Board Examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is the President and Founder of Plasticos Foundation (, a non-profit foundation training surgeons around the world on complex plastic and reconstructive surgery on indigent surgery where he has completed 70 missions. A film, The Story of Healing, documenting his mission to Vietnam earned an Oscar Academy Award.

An honors graduate of Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Nichter went on to complete his internship and residency in general surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Subsequently, he completed his Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Virginia. In addition, Dr. Nichter completed several advanced Plastic Surgical Fellowships at the University of Virginia as well as completing a Masters of Science degree in Surgery. His training included extensive exposure to advanced Aesthetic Surgical Techniques. Following his formal training he has taught the art and science of Plastic Surgery as a Tenured Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgical Research at the University of Southern California. Dr Nichter has written more than 130 peer review journal articles, book chapters and a book on Plastic Surgery He has trained and served as mentor to scores of plastic surgical residents and fellows prior to relocating to Orange County in 1993 to concentrate on his true love: providing exceptional personalized and compassionate care to his patients while enabling them to achieve their goals.

Dr. Nichter has vast experience and training in Cosmetic Surgery. He has performed thousands of aesthetic surgeries for the face, eyes and body including: Lite Lift facial rejuvenation, upper and lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), face, cheek and forehead lifts, minimal scar breast augmentation, lift and reduction, liposuction, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), body contouring including mommy make over procedures, rhinoplasty, skin resurfacing, scar revision and secondary procedures. He specializes in minimal and hidden scar techniques for the majority of these procedures.  Advanced techniques are commonly incorporated to minimize scars, operative and recovery times, and maximize aesthetic results. The special techniques and challenges of reconstructive surgery have enhanced his skills and brought added dimension to his approach of the intricacies in cosmetic surgery.

Dr. Nichter is skilled in the latest advances in Breast Enhancement Surgery including Minimal scar Breast Lifts with or without Breast Augmentation. Breast Augmentation can be performed through the belly button and armpit as well as the more traditional approaches. Non breast implant augmentation, utilizing patient’s own fat from other areas is also available for suitable patients. Addtional breast surgeries performed include minimal scar Breast Reduction and reconstruction after lumpectomy or mastectomy. Other common surgeries performed are facial rejeuvenation specializing in the Lite Lift procedure, a minimally invasive short scar technique that can be performed without general anesthesia in the office with long lasting results. Body countouring such as tummy tucks (abdominoplasty), “mommy make-over” and liposuction using the latest techniques. Many other plastic surgical procedures also offered.

Please call  (949) 270-5152 for a private consultation with Dr. Nichter to be evaluated for the procedure you are interested in. 

Certifications & Professional Recognition

American Board of Plastic Surgery 1986
American Board of Surgery 1984
Academic Background


Boston University: BA (honors) 1973


University of Virginia: MS (Surgery) 1985
Harvard Medical School/MIT
Neuroscience, Non Matric 1973


Boston University School of Medicine 1978 (AOA Honor Medical Society)


University of Virginia Department of Plastic Surgery:
Plastic Surgery Residency 1984-1985
Hand/Microsurgery fellowship 1982
Maxillofacial/Craniofacial fellowship 1983

Societies, Memberships, and Affiliations

American Society of Plastic Surgery
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
California Society of Plastic Surgery
American Association of Plastic Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Laser Medical Society
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Academic/ Hospital Positions
Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hoag Memorial Hospital, Newport Beach, CA
Clinical Professor, USC Division of Plastic Surgery
Clinical Professor (Vol.), University of California, Irvine, Division of Plastic Surgery

Honors/Awards (Partial List)

Outstanding resident award UCLA
American College of Surgeons research award
Orange County Medical Society Physician of Excellence
Best Doctors of America (peer review award)
Super Doctors (peer review award )
Top Doctors (peer review award)
Most Compassionate Doctor (less than 3% MD’s awarded)
Friend of Children award – ChildHelp Philanthropic Group

See Curriculum Vitæ for all awards