Dr. Andrew Cohen grew up in Southern California, completed his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and performed his plastic surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. A board-certified plastic surgeon, he has worked in health care for nearly two decades and opened his practice in 2001.
What inspired you to work in this industry?
“When I was 16 years old I watched my dad, who was a general surgeon, perform a mastectomy for a patient with breast cancer. I then watched the plastic surgeon come in and make new breasts. From that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up.”
Share some features of your center.
“Our office has an AAAASF-accredited, very private surgery center. We have an amazing physician assistant, Breana Wheeler, who does PRP and microneedling—great for revitalizing the skin and fading surgical scars. Another technological addition, which is so simple, is our HIPAA-compliant ability to text our patients; they can text us back when they need anything. It is one aspect of providing top-notch customer service to our patients.”
Share a simple fix for appearing more refreshed and relaxed.
“Taking care of your skin is the most important aspect of looking refreshed: sleep, lots of water, vitamins like C and D, and zinc. We stress nonchemical products in our office, and sunscreen is a must year-round!”
What has been the biggest challenge of working in the beauty and wellness industry during the COVID-19 pandemic?
“We had to stop all elective and nonemergency procedures for a few months at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Slowly the governor allowed us to return to doing surgery, and patients have been very eager. Many people are working from home or not currently working, so they have time and privacy to heal. We require all patients to get a COVID-19 test a few days prior to surgery. I think this will be a common practice until we have a safe vaccine and people are able to access it.”
Who or what are you most grateful for?
“I am most grateful for my health and the health of my family and friends. I am also grateful that I get to come to work every day and do what I love: work with patients to improve their lives. I couldn’t do what I do without my amazing staff and family. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world.”