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Meet Dr. Caplin

Plastic Surgeon in St. Louis, MO - Dr. Caplin

Dr. David Caplin, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is a native of New York City. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors from Kenyon College and his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Society. He completed his training in general surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and his residency in plastic surgery at Barnes Hospital. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Caplin has extensive experience in facial cosmetic surgery as well as all aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. His specific interest in breast surgery has led to his involvement in numerous national studies to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of new implants, particularly the Mentor MemoryShape (CPG). Patients commonly refer to these as Gummy Bear Implants and Dr. Caplin was one of the two highest volume users of these implants in the United States during the MemoryShape clinical trials.

Additionally, he specializes in liposuction and body contouring. He also performs a variety of other less invasive procedures including endoscopic carpal tunnel surgery, SmartLipo laser-assisted liposuction and fat grafting for facial rejuvenation and correction of breast deformities, Dr. Caplin’s practice attracts patients both nationally and internationally.



American Board of Plastic Surgery


Undergraduate: Honors from Kenyon College

Medical: University of Cincinnati


General Surgery: Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Plastic Surgery: Barnes-Jewish Hospital


2013 Gateway To Hope Visionary award

Missouri State Medical Association recipient of their 2010 Community Service Award

Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery

America’s Top Doctors, Top Surgeons and Best Doctors for several years

“Best Doctors of 2014”

Academic Appointments

Clinical Instructor of Surgery: Washington University School of Medicine


Alpha Omega Alpha

American College of Surgeons

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery



Dr. Caplin has been a principal clinical investigator for the MemoryShape (CPG) Cohesive Gel implant since 2002 and has one of the longest and largest clinical experiences with this procedure in North America.  Additionally, Dr. Caplin co-authored a paper defining the initial 6-year clinical experience with these implants in the United States, which documented the safety and effectiveness of these implants. He also has several more journal articles and textbook contributions pending publication.

Dr. Caplin has been chosen as a principal investigator for an upcoming clinical trial utilizing a size-adjustable silicone gel implant. The size of the implant can be increased or decreased simply by injecting small volumes of saline in the office. These implants have been used extensively in other countries with great success. For more information regarding this implant, or any of the other implant studies in which Dr. Caplin is an investigator, please contact the office.

At Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office, Dr. David A. Caplin, and Dr. Patricia McGuire offer plastic and reconstructive surgery to patients across Eastern Missouri including St. Charles, Chesterfield, O’Fallon, St. Peters, and Creve Coeur. Contact the Parkcrest Plastic Surgery office today to schedule your consultation!


"I could not be more happy with my results and have a better quality of life." N.H.

Plastic Surgery in St. Louis, MO