Dr. Robert Cohen's well-planned path to becoming a respected Santa Monica plastic surgeon has required a tremendous amount of training, work, and continued refinement, but this effort has culminated in an extremely successful and rewarding career in aesthetic plastic surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon who draws patients from Los Angeles and beyond, Dr. Cohen considers the journey an ongoing one. He continues to pursue excellence in every aspect of plastic surgery, from patient care to industry leadership and technical innovation.
Dr. Cohen knew at an early age that he wanted to be a plastic surgeon. "I was around 16; I had seen plastic surgeons performing their work – in person and on TV – and I knew that it just fit with my personality and skill set. I was always artistically inclined and good with my hands, and I really loved the way surgery could instantly help people. Once I had a chance to spend time in the OR and really see what surgery was about, all of my plans from that point on were designed to achieve my goal of becoming a plastic surgeon."
After he graduated cum laude from the rigorous Phoenix Country Day School, Dr. Cohen selected prestigious Emory University in Atlanta for his pre-med studies. There, he double-majored in biology and philosophy, and graduated in the top 12% of his class.
He was accepted into several of the nation's top medical schools, and ultimately selected Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans for its intense hands-on training. In medical school, he earned top honors in surgery and published numerous research papers. One of these appeared in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Cohen was accepted into the exclusive Ivy League plastic and reconstructive surgery program at Dartmouth (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center). There he honed his skills under the instruction of some of the world's leading plastic surgeons and educators. During his residency, Dr. Cohen:
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While many plastic surgeons opt to start their careers after residency training, Dr. Cohen chose to pursue additional, advanced training in aesthetic surgery. He was selected over some of the world's most promising young plastic surgeons for a highly coveted aesthetic surgery and laser surgery fellowship with world-renowned Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. W. Grant Stevens. Additionally, he was the first-ever to be offered this fellowship for a full year. Under Dr. Stevens' guidance, Dr. Cohen further refined his skills in all facets of cosmetic and laser surgery.
In 2005, Dr. Cohen returned home to Scottsdale to establish what is now a thriving private practice. He earned board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2006, and continues to be an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Through his continuous research, publishing, and presenting, Dr. Cohen has emerged as a thought leader in aesthetic surgery. He is regularly invited to present and teach courses to his fellow plastic surgeons on topics such as optimal techniques in breast augmentation and complex breast revision surgery. Product manufacturers such as Mentor, LifeCell, Sientra and Pacira Pharmaceuticals routinely seek his services as an expert consultant.
Dr. Cohen has been a leading figure in Scottsdale’s plastic surgery circle, and has won numerous “Top Doc” awards from Phoenix Magazine as well as other peer-voted lists of the best plastic surgeons. Because of his particular skill set in complex aesthetic breast surgery, Dr. Cohen sees patients from all over the United States, and from places as far as Asia, South America, Europe the Middle East and Australia.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon and an unabashed perfectionist, Dr. Cohen is committed to providing the most natural-looking results possible. He understands that every surgical procedure calls for an individual approach that accounts for the patient's unique anatomy and cosmetic goals.
Dr. Cohen's innate eye for aesthetics helps him readily envision the possible outcomes of surgery. His rigorous training and years of experience as a plastic surgeon have equipped him with the knowledge and technical skills required to accomplish the desired results.
Dr. Cohen's patient photos are a testament to the results he provides: proportions that match the patient's figure but enhance it in a way that looks natural.
This woman, age 24, came to my practice to enhance the size of her breasts and balance her figure. I performed breast augmentation using incisions in each breast fold (inframammary) and placed Sientra "gummy bear" anatomical silicone implants under her chest muscles. Many wome...
This 23-year-old woman came to my practice because she felt that her breasts were too small for her body. She was interested in breast enhancement, but wanted to maintain a natural appearance.I performed breast augmentation during which I placed silicone implants under the chest muscles usin...
This 31-year-old woman wanted to improve her breast shape and increase their size. Her complaints included asymmetry in size, "pointy" shape, and size that was disproportionate to her body. I determined the patient had a mild form of tuberous breasts, so I recom...
This patient met with me for a consultation because she had always felt that her breasts were too small. She wanted fuller breasts, but as an athletic woman she wanted to make sure that her breast size didn't affect her physical activities. I performed breast augmentation using...
This young woman, age 19, wanted to have fuller breasts that looked very natural. I recommended breast augmentation using silicone breast implants placed beneath the chest muscle. In addition to increasing this patient's breast volume with smooth, round, moderate-plus profile, cohes...
In 2014, Dr. Cohen decided to expand his plastic surgery practice to include a Santa Monica office to serve the growing number of patients he sees from Southern California. With many friends and the majority of his wife’s family living in Los Angeles, and an affinity for the climate and outdoor lifestyle, the expansion was a natural process.
Despite his busy schedule, Dr. Cohen finds time to enjoy many personal pursuits, the most important of which is spending time with his family. He is a world-traveler, and has explored much of Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds, and is an avid skier, mountain biker, and scuba diver, making Southern California the perfect locale for him.