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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 or plastic 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 20,000 cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries of the body and face with greater than 99% satisfaction.

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 20,000 major cosmetic surgeries. 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 have performed or do 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 routinely performed 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 Brent D. Kennedy, M.D., D.M.D., F.A.A.C.S. 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 25 peer-reviewed publications and 9 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


"Dr. Nuveen performed both Rhinoplasty and Otoplasty on me. I am absolutely thrilled with the results. I would highly recommend him. Not only is he a wonderful surgeon, he is also very kind, considerate and caring !"



"I had implant exchange a month ago with Dr. Nuveen. It has been a great experience starting with the front desk girls, nurses and doctors. They had been there to answer every question, always willing to listen and ease my mind, Dr. Nuveen surgery exceeded my expectations. I recommend CSAOK 100%."



"I had a breast lift almost a year ago. Dr. Nuveen and his staff were amazing!! They were always there when i needed them regardless of the time of day. I recommend Dr. Nuveen for any cosmetic procedure you may want to have. He is a life changer!!! Thank you!!"



"From the moment I walked in and started my consultation, I felt so comfortable. Every single staff member I spoke to was kind and attentive. A breast augmentation consult has the potential to be a little awkward (so I experienced at a previous establishment), but not at CSA. I was able to comfortably discuss and show the surgeon and nurse what I wanted to achieve and ask all the questions. I schedule my surgery that day. Sarah, helped with the financing consult and was beyond supportive. Not only did she provide support before but evens two weeks post op she is answering all my questions. She is a truly wonderful person who was meant for that job and goes above and beyond. I chose Dr. kaplin to do my surgery and met with her right before because I had a change of mind and wanted to increase my implant size last minute. She was very open and helpful with this. I took in her advice and I was able to decide on what larger implant I wanted. She never made me feel like a pain and listened to what I wanted and gave me what I wanted. Looked through photos with me and discusses options. Post op, my results I am beyond happy with! It has been two weeks post op and I don’t have a single regret! There were so many Cheerful and great ladies, I can’t even name them all. Thank you so much CSA!"



"I was surprised how quickly they could take me on as a patient. Financing the operation was a simple process. The surgery went well and the result looks nice, even better than I had imagined. I have a lower than average tolerance for pain and ended up needing more pain medication than is normally given for this procedure. Dr. Naveen was able to relieve my pain without having prescribe narcotics. I can return to work soon and I'm feeling so much more comfortable in my own skin and I don't have to focus on my loose, flabby areas anymore. It's hard to describe what a relief having this surgery is. Eventhough there is some pain involved, it was well worth it. Can't thank Cosmetic Surgery Affiliates enough for putting up with me. thank you! I'm very grateful!"



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