Orange County Plastic Surgeon
3991 MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 320
Newport Beach, California 92660 US
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Wonderful Experience... - Huntington Beach, CA

From the very first phone call to schedule a consultation to my last post-op appointment, I have been extremely happy with this whole experience. Dr Nichter was very informative, answering all my questions and concerns about how I hoped to look in the end. I am so happy with the results!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Awesome! - Huntington Beach, CA

Dr. Nichter is amazing, I went to him for a breast augmentation. I love the way they turned out! Dr. Nichter made me feel so comfortable and safe. I'm so glad I found him!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Implants

I Couldn't Be More Pleased with my BA

See above review. Enough said :)

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Mini Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Blepheroplasty - Huntington Beach, CA

I have had 3 surgeries with Dr. Nichter over the last 10 years. He is THE BEST. Great surgeon, spends the time you need, and cares about what is best for you. He doesn't "sell" anything, in fact a few times he told me he didn't want to do a lipo surgery I wanted as there was so little to work with. I would never consider another surgeon and have been beyond pleased with everything

5 out of 5 stars Labiaplasty

Great Experience with Dr. Nichter - Orange County, CA

Dr. Nichter made me feel very comfortable undergoing this procedure. He is very precise, professional and understanding. I am very satisfied with the outcome of his work. He answered all my questions in a through manner and had the knowledge and expertise to translate my desired outcome. I would recommend Dr. Nichter to anyone looking to undergo cosmetic surgery.

5 out of 5 stars Cheek Lift

Cheek Lift and Eyelid Surgery Made Me Feel Younger! - Huntington Beach, CA

Dr. Nichter was recommended to me by a friend who had several procedures performed by him. My first impression of Dr. Nichter was that he was not just out to perform procedures, but rather concerned about the proper procedure needed. He spent time talking to me, discussing possible options. I felt that Dr. Nichter was very professional and knowledgeable. The office staff was very friendly and professional.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

My Breast Reduction 2012 - Orange County, CA

I was referred by a friend who had plastic surgery and was very happy with the results and the doctors. Dr. Larry is the most competent, skilled and wonderful surgeon in CA. The office staff and nurses are the loveliest people I have met. They are all very helpful, caring and intelligent. I just saw my photos posted to his website! OMG! You can look in the mirror every day and say,” Yes, I look and feel better,” however when I saw the photos I was blown away. What an amazing job!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

An Honor to Have Choosen Dr. Nichter As my PS! - Huntington Beach, CA

December 2010, I had a Breast Augmentation with an Areola Reduction w/ Dr. Nichter. As you probably may know by now, it is very nerve reckon and emotional when it comes to which surgeon is right for you and what size will be best fit for your physique or wants. Dr. Nichter has definitely been very informative with all my questions, even offered more, and took his time to listen to my needs and wants without making me feel rushed but at ease. He definitely listened rather than telling me, also recommended but made assured that it is my decision and what I know will be best for me. The day of Surgery, it was very pleasant from the nurses in the surgery room with outgoing and upbeat personalities, to the anesthesiologist who showed graciousness, to Dr. Nichter, who assured me of the procedures that will be performed. This definitely made my nerves calm and felt I was in the hands of a good Surgeon and his team. In addition, Dr. Nichter took additional time to assure that I will get the results I wanted, he could of just done what he can and leave it at that but as a very pleasing Surgeon he is, he wanted to make it possible. In which, he did and that was very gratifying. To know that a surgeon is willing to do what it takes to get the results of a patients wants is all that you can ask for. Never have expectations and when it happens, just be grateful. Thanks to Dr. Nichter, he has given me that extra boost of confidence and self esteem. I am now complete. I don't have any complaints or regrets. My husband loves it and I have gotten many compliments from my friends and family. I am currently 16 months Post-op and can say I am 100% satisfied with my results and experience. I have not encounter any terrible recovery, any complications, or complaints. But when I did have questions or concerns, Dr. Nichter and his nurses returned my calls the same day. If they were extremely busy, their staff would call to let me know that I will get a return call as soon as a nurse is available. They are very attentive to their patients. LOVE THAT! Dr. Nichter and his staff are very pleasant to work with. A great Surgeon needs an excellent staff and that equals Pacific Center For Plastic Surgery. Side note: I know many of us question about getting back to exercising after a Breast Augmentation. Yes, you will be able to get back into your daily exercise regimen, strength, and more. Check out my Athlete Page @

5 out of 5 stars Lower Face Lift

Lite Lift with Fat Transfer - Huntington Beach, CA

Dr. Larry Nichter is so good! An amazing surgeon! He listened completely, explained thoroughly, and delivered more than I thought possible. I felt completely comfortable with him in the beginning and cannot say enough about his ability as a surgeon!

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Breast Reduction and Mini Facelift Performed to Perfection - Orange County, CA

I interviewed 4 other plastic surgeons before choosing Dr. Nichter. He was the most thorough and spent the most time with me. I also researched his credentials and have never found a more qualified surgeon.

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Personal Statement

Dr. Nichter has an exceptional ability to understand his patients’ needs and goals for self-improvement through the art of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Nichter began his career as a professor of plastic surgery at USC. He is triple board certified including by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

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Awards & Recognition

Top Doctors Peer Review Award, multiple yrs
Castle Connolly America Top Doctors®, 2009 - present
Leading Physicians of the World
The Best Doctors in America
The Best Doctors in Pacific, 1996 - present
Super Doctors Award, 2008 - present
Compassionate Doctor Recognition, 2010 - present
Most Compassionate Physician Award, American Registry Inc, 2011- present
Patients Choice Award, 2010 - present
RealSelf Top100 Most Influential Surgeons 2013 - present
HealthTap Top MD
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Nichter has hospital affiliations at Department of Plastic Surgery, Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA 92660.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Boston University, 1973
    Graduate: MS, University of Virginia
    Medical: MD, Boston University School of Medicine, 1978
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Internship: General Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, UCLA Medical Center, 1979
    General Surgery, University of California Los Angeles, UCLA Medical Center, 1982
    Plastic & Reconstructive & Maxillofacial Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 1985
    Microvascular and Hand Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 1983
    Craniofacial Surgery, University of Virginia Medical Center, 1983
    Burn Fellowship, Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Virginia Regional Burn Center, 1984

Treatments offered at Pacific Center for Plastic Surgery

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MiraDry Sweat Reduction

MiraDry Sweat Reduction is a non-invasive, FDA approved technology which reduces underarm sweat through the use of an electromagnetic energy source to target the sweat glands. During the procedure, the doctor uses local anesthesia to numb the area to be treated and then places a temporary tattoo with square diagrams on the skin to mark the area. The doctor places the treatment device on each of the treatment squares so the energy waves move through the skin and dermis to hit the fat and...

Attaining the Best Possible Neck Lift Result

Neck Lift is a general term relating to procedures that will improve your neckline. There are many possibilities so picking the best neck lift treatment(s) for optimal improvement is most important. A board certified plastic surgeon with a special interest and substantial experience in neck lift and lower face lift surgery is the place to start. The reason for a plastic surgeon is that he/she can offer all possible options and tell you specifically which ones are best for you...

Best Scar Management Practices

Best Scar Management is important to minimize or completely hide from view, the telltale signs of your surgery—namely, scars. Both you and your surgeon want you to have the most minimal scarring possible. There are many possible causes for scars that are enlarged or not healing well. Unsightly scars are most commonly due to genetics, underlying medical conditions, or improper scar/wound care. The last part is very important and patients can make a noticeable difference in their scars’...

Minimally Invasive Facelifts - The LiteLift™

The LiteLift™ is modified SMAS facelift technique that employs a short scar, natural appearance and great longevitiy. A SMAS lift in general refers to any facelift technique that tightens the SMAS layer along with the overlying skin in a more youthful position making you look younger. Specifically, the SMAS face lift does its magic by lifting and tightening the jowls, neck, and cheeks to a more youthful position. These techniques generally produce more natural and long-lasting...

Facelift History and Evolution of the Lite Lift™

The history of the facelift can be viewed as possibly the epicenter and roots of cosmetic surgery. This article is my understanding of the history of popular face lifting methods. It is not meant to be completely inclusive; it reflects what I feel are some of the most important historical developments.Early Twentieth CenturyThe facelift surgical history began by removing a strip of skin in front of the ear, then stitching the skin together with minimal undermining if needed for closure. The...

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Recommended Time Before Having Intercourse After Tummy Tuck?

Your plastic surgeon will give you the best answer in your specific case about this and sex. For most of my patients I allow sex to begin at 6 weeks... READ MORE

How Long is the Recovery Period for Full Tummy Tuck?

Although many patients feel some tightness most of my patients stand comfortably upright within a few weeks at most. Recovery times of course vary... READ MORE

How Long Do You Recommend Wearing the Compression Garment After Liposuction?

It is my standard practice for liposuction patients to wear compression garments 24 hours a day (except when bathing, etc.) for about the first 3... READ MORE

Will a Compression Garment Covering the Butt After Bbl Kill the New Fat?

Your Butt-Covered Compression Garment is Best following Fat transfer to the buttocks, but it is important that it is fitting properly. If in doubt go... READ MORE

How Early Can Capsular Contraction Start and What Are the Symptoms?

Your plastic surgeon is probably right. Although capsular contractures following breast augmentation can occur just about anytime, most women start... READ MORE

Best Scar Treatment After Full Tummy Tuck?

Your scar can be lowered so it is hidden beneath your panty- line and also at the junction of your pubic hair bearing area. Regarding the potential... READ MORE

How Long Do You Have to Wear the Garment After a Bbl?

Most important is to follow your surgeon's advise. He/She has specific reasons for their recommendations. In general this is what I recommend to... READ MORE

How Long Do I Have to Wait to Exercise Again After Lipo?

Exercise Guidelines after Liposuction Information about Liposuction Recovery Here is the information I give my patients regarding the recovery... READ MORE

One Breast Fuller and Bigger Than the Other After Augmentation

Two things happen and seem paradoxical. As as the swelling goes down there will be some shrinkage but at the same time as the muscle relaxes your... READ MORE

What Does "Drop and Fluff" Refer to in a Breast Augmentation? Will They Get Larger?

Two things happen and seem paradoxical. As as the swelling goes down there will be some shrinkage but at the same time as the muscle relaxes your... READ MORE

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Smoking and Plastic Surgery: Here's What You Need to Know

Dr. Larry S. Nichter discusses the benefits of quitting smoking before undergoing plastic surgery. WATCH VIDEO

Male Breast Reduction: Who's a Good Candidate?

Learn what to expect from male breast reduction and who makes a good candidate for the procedure. WATCH VIDEO

Your Options For Male Breast Reduction Explained in Under 3 Minutes

What can you do about male breasts? Here are your options, as explained by Dr. Larry S. Nichter. WATCH VIDEO

Saline vs. Silicone: The Doctor Explains the Differences

Learn the differences between saline and silicone breast implants. WATCH VIDEO

Not Interested in Breast Implants But Still Want a Lift? Here's 1 Option

Dr. Larry S. Nichter explains how he uses fat transfer to give the breasts a lift. WATCH VIDEO

What's a California Breast Lift? Your Answer in 72 Seconds

Ever heard of a California breast lift? Dr. Larry S. Nichter explains the pros of this procedure. WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.