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Erik J. Nuveen, MD, DMD

Meet Dr. Nuveen

Dr. Nuveen and Dr. Caplin are Oklahoma City's only triple board-certified cosmetic surgeons, having achieved diplomate status with The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Erik Nuveen performs numerous surgeries of the face, body, breast, and skin. Dr. Nuveen stands apart from other cosmetic surgeons due to his tireless dedication to patient care. His impeccable training includes both medical and dental graduate degrees, as well as immense knowledge and skill that have allowed him to complete more than 17,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the body and face.

Our goals are quite clear — to lead the nation in safety and satisfaction in cosmetic surgery. We do so through the performance of surgery and our dedicated contribution to science and research by publication and presentation, nationally and internationally. Although we do enjoy our jobs and do have fun while doing it, Dr. Nuveen takes his role very seriously. He makes it abundantly clear that his career is his life, and he is proud and grateful for this gift. Dr. Nuveen has been consistently honored and rewarded throughout his career with awards and honors. Truly dedicated to the art and science of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Nuveen never hesitates to provide his direct cell phone number should any questions or concerns arise at any hour. He also is proud to refer to colleagues of equal qualification without hesitation when appropriate.

Specialties and Skills

Throughout his expansive career, Dr. Nuveen has performed more than 17,000 surgeries exclusively in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Nuveen’s specialties include breast, body, and facial cosmetic surgery, all with formal fellowship training. Statistically, there are very few physicians in the world who perform as much cosmetic surgery as Dr. Nuveen. Annually, breast surgery is performed by Dr. Nuveen more than 500 times and includes breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast lifts with implants, breast reductions, as well as male chest reductions. Other areas of focus include more than 100 tummy tucks, 200 facial rejuvenation treatments (including the patented SmartLift facial procedure), and nose reshaping procedures. Facial rejuvenation continues its evolution and growth with a fat transfer to the cheeks and face, rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and chin enhancement and reduction. Major body procedures are often associated with massive weight loss or post-childbearing and include full body lifts, buttocks lifts, thigh lifts, buttock implants with fat transfer (Brazilian butt lift), liposuction, and arm lifts. Dr. Nuveen has dedicated a major portion of his life to his obsession with rhinoplasty where he continues to pursue mastery of the greatest of all surgical challenges. Dr. Nuveen is also very accomplished in revisions where he is often requested to repair complications of rhinoplasty performed elsewhere.

Education and Training

While achieving his B. A. in Biology from Lafayette College in 1989, Dr. Nuveen was proud of his student-athlete status and competed in Div. I college wrestling. The son of an orthodontist, Dr. Nuveen then earned a Doctorate in Dentistry (D.M.D.) from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine in 1994. He then completed a one-year transitional/rotational year at Sepulveda VAMC/UCLA Medical Center focused on surgery and anesthesia. This was immediately followed by the first year of his five years devoted to maxillofacial surgery at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, CA. Dr. Nuveen was then fortunate to transfer to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland under the supervision of Dr. R. Haug, a world-famous facial reconstructive surgeon, author, and mentor. Dr. Nuveen then completed his residency in oral/maxillofacial surgery in Cleveland and its associated hospital system. Dr. Nuveen then earned his medical degree (M.D.) at the prestigious Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

Due in part to the nature of his extensive surgical and medical training prior to his medical degree, Dr. Nuveen was accepted for an additional year of rotations in sub-specialized areas of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery for the completion of his medical school rotations (13 months). Pediatric craniofacial surgery, plastic surgery, microvascular surgery, and cosmetic surgery at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, Loma Linda University, the Institute of Facial and Cosmetic Surgery, Utah, and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto diversified his medical and surgical exposure beyond comparison. Dr. Nuveen then completed an additional year of residency in general surgery at Pennsylvania State University/Hershey Medical Center. The final year of Dr. Nuveen's 9 years of surgical training was under the supervision of Dr. Brent D. Kennedy and Lane F. Smith, M.D., F.A.C.S. at the highly esteemed A.A.C.S.-accredited fellowship in facial and general cosmetic surgery in Murray, Utah.

Special Achievements

Holding special distinction, Dr. Nuveen is triple board-certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery, and the American Board of Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Nuveen has and continues to present at various national and international professional meetings and has been involved in and written more than 14 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and a member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. Nuveen has been an invited board examiner on the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery since 2008.

In 2015, Dr. Nuveen was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Science in Original Publication Award by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. In 2005, he received the Sunshine Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department at OU Medical Center. In 2001, Dr. Nuveen received an Acknowledgement Award for the presentation of his research. Further, Dr. Nuveen earned a Scientific Achievement Award for biomedical research at Case Western Reserve in 1998.

Personal Interests

Dr. Nuveen received certification as an instrument-rated private pilot in 2007. When he’s on the ground, Dr. Nuveen enjoys spending time with his sons, Cooper and Diederik. Dr. Nuveen also enjoys hard work on his property and home restoration projects, as well as automobile restoration and modification. At the forefront of his career and personal life is helping others through education, research, and publication of other physicians, dentists, nurses, and students of all ages.

Medical Privileges


"southfork73 - Was refered to Dr. Nuveen by a co worker in 2004. Very satisfied! People are always asking if my boobs are real? I just tell them that there really mine. And well they really are...LOL. He did a great job."



"I love CSA! My first surgery was something I had wanted for a long time, a breast augmentation. I was extremely nervous because I had never had any type of surgery before, but Dr. Nuveen and his staff were right there to help every step of the way! Most recently, I have gotten laser hair removal with Melissa and even though I have only went through two sessions with her so far, I can already see results! Melissa is very easy to talk to and is very concerned about how my body is doing with the procedure; I could not be any happier with her and this company as a whole!"



"Great experience! Dr.Nuveen and the staff exceeded my expectations, and would reccomend them to anyone!"



"Melissa is the absolute best!!! If you are in need of laser hair removal she is the only person I would trust. She makes me feel so comfortable and she is very informative. I was skeptical if this would actually work, but I have already seen great results and I have only had 3 treatments. I really appreciate that she makes sure you are doing okay while the treatment is being done. Thank you Melissa!!"



"Jessica has been working with my wife on all her procedures and has always maintained a professional attitude. Her attention to detail is very comforting and definitely makes every visit a pleasant one. She was most helpful in my wife deciding which size implant was appropriate. I would recommend Dr. Nuveen and his staff to anyone who is considering a procedure."



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