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Steve Cohen MD

Plastic Surgeon
  •  M.D, George Washington School of Medicine, Washington DC, 1980
    M.D, George Washington School of Medicine, Washington DC, 1980
  • 34yrs of Experience
    34yrs of Experience
  • Average appointment wait:
    Average appointment wait: Couple of days
  • San Diego
    San Diego
  • English

More about Dr. Steve Cohen


From the years 1990 to 1993, Dr. Cohen established and managed the Craniofacial Anomalies Program at the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor. Subsequently, from 1993 to 1999, he was jointly responsible for the Center for Craniofacial Disorders at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In 1999, he became the Head of Craniofacial Surgery and the Surgical Director of the Craniofacial Center at the Children’s Hospital of San Diego and established FACES+TM. In addition, Dr. Cohen is a Clinical Professor for the Plastic Surgical Training course at the University of California, San Diego, where he also initiated and acquired funds for the UCSD/Rady Craniofacial Fellowship and the UCSD Aesthetic Fellowship. Furthermore, the UCSD plastic surgery trainees chose Dr. Cohen as Teacher of the Year in 2001, 2011, and 2014.

Over the last decade, Dr. Cohen has been a prominent figure in the fields of cosmetic and aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body, since he established FACES+, one of the original Plastic Surgery, Skin, and Laser Centers in the US. They were among the first to use fractional lasers, and continue to stay current in laser, minimally invasive, and non-surgical techniques. He is the creator of the FACES+ Continuum of Care system, which looks at the aging patterns that affect different parts of the face. Additionally, he is a pioneer of modern fat grafting and regenerative cells in fat. His skillful practice of facelift, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and fat grafting has earned an esteemed reputation in the country, and his talent has been recognized around the world by his peers and patients.


  • Undergraduate: B.A, English, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, 1976

  • Medical: M.D, George Washington School of Medicine, Washington DC, 1980

  • Internship: General Surgery, Columbia - Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, New York, 1981

  • Residency: General Surgery, Dartmouth - Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1987

  • Residency: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1989

  • Fellowship: Craniofacial and Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, University of California at Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1990

Board Certifications

  • Board-Certified, Plastic Surgery, The American Board of Plastic Surgery

Professional Societies

  • The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Featured Procedures by Steve Cohen

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Vaser Liposuction

Vaser High Def Liposuction is a revolutionary new procedure that can help you get the body of your dreams. This advanced technique uses ultrasound technology to target fat cells and dissolve them while leaving the surrounding tissue intact.
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Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that helps to flatten and improve the appearance of the abdomen. It can be used to remove excess skin and fat, improve abdominal muscle tone, and repair weakened or stretched abdominal muscles.
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Fat Transfer Breast Augmentation

Fat Transfer to Breast is an innovative procedure that can help women to achieve a more natural, fuller-looking bust. The procedure involves taking fat from parts of the body where it is unwanted, such as the thighs or abdomen, and transferring it to the breasts.
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Steven Cohen’s Journey

Dr. Cohen was raised in the D.C. area and got his college degree from Emory University, where he majored in English and achieved the highest honors. He was offered early admission to the George Washington University School of Medicine, from which he graduated in 1980. His General Surgery training took place at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City and he began with the goal of being a Cardiac Surgeon. After his second year at Columbia, he was accepted into Dr. Andrew Morrow’s Cardiac Surgery Fellowship and served as a Clinical Associate at the National Institutes of Health Cardiac Surgery Branch for two years.

During his time at the National Institute of Health, Dr. Cohen was inspired by a PBS program that focused on the emerging area of Craniofacial Surgery, causing him to adjust his career direction. He then finished his General Surgery residency at Dartmouth and acquired his Plastic Surgical training at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. After getting accepted into a fellowship with Dr. Henry Kawamoto at UCLA, specializing in Craniofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Cohen was certified in both General and Plastic Surgery. Currently, he specializes in craniofacial and cosmetic surgery, bringing immense knowledge and a trained artistic eye to his work.

Frequently asked questions

Faces+ 4510 Executive Drive, San Diego, CA 92121
Dr. Cohen is a celebrated plastic surgeon, innovator, writer, and artist across the globe. He has been identified by US News and World Report, Castle Connolly, and Best Doctors, Inc. as one of the leading Plastic Surgeons in the US.
Yes, Dr. Cohen is Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Yes, certain appointments can be made virtually. It is best to call to see if your particular concern can be addressed through a virtual consultation.
Dr. Cohen offers a wide variety of procedures including Vaser High Def Liposuction, Tummy Tuck, Fat Transfer to Breast, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, Craniofacial Surgery, Facelift, Cheek Augmentation, and much more.

Other procedures by Steve Cohen



Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available today. It's a surgical procedure that targets specific areas of fat on the body and removes them through suction. It can be used to slim down the waist, thighs, arms, neck, and other areas.
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Breast Augmentation

Breast Augmentation is a very popular cosmetic procedure for women who want to improve the size, shape, and symmetry of their breasts. During the procedure, implants are inserted beneath the chest muscles to enhance the size and shape of the breasts.
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Facelift surgery is becoming increasingly popular among patients looking to reduce the signs of aging. A facelift can reduce wrinkles, enhance the contours of the face, and lift sagging jowls and neck skin.
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Cheek Augmentation

Cheek augmentation is a cosmetic procedure performed to enhance facial appearance by changing the shape, size, and projection of the cheeks. This procedure can be done using injectable fillers, fat grafting, or implants.
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