Dr. Charles Nathan, MD, FACS, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Known for his attention to detail and precise surgical techniques, Dr. Charles Nathan is an accomplished board-certified plastic surgeon in St. Louis, MO. His passion for figuring out how things work and then improving upon them makes him ideally suited to cosmetic medicine.

“Plastic surgery allows a surgeon to be very innovative and develop new techniques that can significantly impact the outcome of a procedure. A meticulous nature is very important for plastic surgeons as every step and stitch may affect the aesthetic results.”

Credentials At a Glance


  • Plastic Surgery Fellowship – Lahey Clinic Medical Center
  • General Surgery Residency – Ochsner Medical Center
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD) – University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
  • Undergraduate – Indiana University


  • Board Certification – American Board of Plastic Surgery; American Board of Surgery (1995-2006)
  • Fellow – American College of Surgeons
  • Licensure – Missouri, Medical Physician & Surgeon

Awards & Honors

Along with his colleagues, Dr. Nathan holds the distinction of being a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, a prestigious, peer-nominated honor that recognizes the top 7% of medical professionals nationwide. He has been featured in St. Louis Magazine and consistently named as one of their Top Doctors each year since the early 2000s.

Dr. Nathan has also been recognized with a Black Diamond Certificate from Allergan®, an award given to the top 1% of BOTOX and dermal filler injectors nationwide. He also holds the distinction of being a RealSelf Top Doctor.

He was named one of America’s Best Plastic Surgeons 2024 for Breast Augmentation by Newsweek.

Dr. Charles Nathan Awards and Honors
Newsweek - America's Best Plastic Surgeons 2024 - Best Breast Augmentation Surgeon Award

Select Society Memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • St. Louis Area Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society
Dr. Charles Nathan credentials: American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Board of Surgery, St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society
Dr. Charles Nathan credentials: American Board of Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The American Board of Surgery, St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society

Training & Education

Dr. Nathan’s road to becoming a plastic surgeon began when he was in college. As the son of a general surgeon, he wanted to gain experience in an operating room. Fortunately, his father was able to put him in touch with a colleague in plastic surgery.

As Dr. Nathan puts it, “I was immediately hooked! I loved the variety of cases and the ability to truly change someone’s life.”

Dr. Nathan earned his BA in biology from Indiana University and his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Following a 5-year general surgery residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Dr. Nathan became certified by the American Board of Surgery. Having gained the technical skill and versatility of a general surgeon, Dr. Nathan decided to specialize further in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed a plastic surgery fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in Boston, which included rotations at the esteemed Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Special Clinical Interests

Dr. Nathan has great depth and breadth of talent as a surgeon. He is known for his expertise in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body and in injectable treatments. Some of his most popular procedures include:

In particular, Dr. Nathan finds mommy makeover surgeries to be particularly rewarding to perform. In his words, “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.”

Professional Activities

Dr. Nathan is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He holds memberships in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the St. Louis Area Plastic Surgery Society, and the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society.

In addition, Dr. Nathan is committed to ongoing education. He regularly attends conferences and keeps current on the latest trends and scientific developments in his industry.

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.”

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Patient Philosophy

Dr. Nathan is well regarded for his personable, caring demeanor and ability to listen and advise without forcing an opinion on the patient. He is a true collaborator and cares deeply about helping patients make informed, confident decisions about their treatment.

Dr. Nathan describes his ideal patient review:

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.”

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