Dr. Nikolas Chugay

Of Russian descent, Dr. Chugay was born in China, grew up in Brazil, and was formally educated in the United States. He spent his early years in San Francisco, California. After completing his training, he moved to Southern California to open his practice and currently resides in Newport Beach, California.

Dr. Chugay has over 40 years of experience in Facial Plastic, Aesthetic, and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. He has performed over 30,000 surgical procedures, published numerous articles in the medical press, designed many new procedures, and invented several new implants used for muscular augmentation.

Education &


  • 1963-1967 University of California Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967-1971 Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.)
  • 1971-1972 Rotating Internship: Osteopathic General Hospital of N. Miami Beach, FL
  • 1972-1974 Military service – Third Brigade Surgeon for the 101st Airborne Division Medical service involved General Medicine, General Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery.
  • 1974-1977 Residency in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1977 Began in practice in Southern California
  • 1979-1980 Elective fellowship with Ivo Pitanguy in aesthetic plastic surgery


  • Board-Certified in Facial Plastic Surgery (Osteopathic College of Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology)
  • Diplomate American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Diplomate American Board of Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine


  • Fellow of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • American Society of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • American Society of Liposuction Surgery
  • European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Sharing his technique and teaching

Up to date, Dr. Chugay has personally trained over 30 post-graduate physicians for a future in cosmetic plastic surgery.

Dr. Chugay has presented his innovative procedures at various medical congresses throughout the world. His most recent presentations:

  • Orbicularis Surgery (Crow’s Feet Surgery) in London for the European Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Breast Lift Advances in Newport Beach, California for the American Academy of Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • Biceps Augmentation in Phoenix, Arizona for the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery