Charles Nathan, MD, FACS
Meticulous by nature, St. Louis plastic surgeon Dr. Charles Nathan has always enjoyed figuring out how things work and learning how to improve them. Cosmetic medicine is an ideal fit for him.
"Plastic surgery allows a surgeon to be very innovative and develop new techniques that can significantly impact the outcome of a procedure," says Dr. Nathan, a board-certified plastic surgeon and St. Louis native. "A meticulous nature is very important for plastic surgeons as every step and stitch may affect the aesthetic results."
Dr. Nathan returned to the area to practice after completing extensive training and joined Parkcrest Surgical. In 2014, he joined St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery, where patients value his versatility and talent. You can meet Dr. Nathan personally by requesting a consultationrequesting a consultation using our online form, or give our office a call at (636) 530-6161 to schedule an appointment.
“Dr. Nathan did my augmentation in 2004 and I didn't want anyone else doing my procedure in 2015. He is approachable, he is realistic and he gives great care. He never tried to convince me one way or the other, just wanted to make sure I had all my options before proceeding.”
Education & Training
Dr. Nathan earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. After completing 5 years of general surgery training at The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, Dr. Nathan became a board-certified general surgeon. He then completed plastic surgery training at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, which included rotations at the esteemed Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.
In His Own Words
What led you to pursue a career in plastic surgery?
When I was in college, I wanted to get some experience in an operating room. My father, who was a general surgeon, set me up with a colleague who was a plastic surgeon. I was hooked! I loved the variety of cases and the ability to truly change someone's life.
What do you enjoy most about working at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery?
Working with a staff that is happy and motivated in a beautiful environment. Also, I enjoy having partners with varied experience, which allows us to discuss difficult cases and improve our outcomes.
Describe a case that left a lasting impression on you.
Early in my practice, a shy 12-year-old girl came to my office for a breast reduction. She wore shirts untucked to hide the size of her breasts but was still ridiculed at school. She could barely look me in the eye. During the breast reduction, I removed 10 pounds of breast tissue (it was 10% of her body weight). When she came back to my office 3 months later, she was a beaming, confident young woman. During the exam, I saw she had bikini tan lines and she said she felt like a middle schooler again. I continued to remain in touch with her through the years, and she became a very successful young lady, and she always thanked me for helping restore her confidence.
Is there a procedure that you find the most satisfying?
I really enjoy doing mommy makeover surgeries, which is really a combination of procedures. They can be challenging and quite encompassing. To hear a patient say that you gave them back their confidence and pre-baby body is quite satisfying.
What would the ideal patient review say about the experience at St. Louis Cosmetic Surgery?
I would want someone to say, "From the second I walked into the office until I finished my postoperative recovery, the entire process was unbelievable. The office and the staff were nicer and more informative than I ever anticipated, and my surgeon was patient answering all of my questions and made me feel comfortable about the procedure I wanted. My results were outstanding, and I could not be happier."
Dr. Nathan frequently continues his education through attending conferences and staying abreast of the latest trends and scientific developments in the industry.
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society
- St. Louis Area Plastic Surgery Society
- Allergan Black Diamond Certificate (awarded to only the top 1% of aesthetic practices nationwide)
- St. Louis Magazine Top Doctors Award, 2005-15