Laura Cooper, MD joined the Center for Aesthetics in 2016 after six years at The Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis. She is double-board certified by the American Board of Surgery (2007) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (2012) and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2012).
Undergraduate Training, Medical School and Residency
A native of Northwest Tennessee, Dr. Cooper graduated as valedictorian of her high school class. She completed her undergraduate studies in Memphis, Tennessee, graduating with honors from The University of Memphis. She then attended medical school and subsequently completed her general surgery residency at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Dr. Cooper then pursued an additional three years of fellowship training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, a highly respected and world-renowned plastic surgery program. While at Emory, Dr. Cooper further refined her interests in the latest advancements in reconstructive, craniofacial, and cosmetic techniques.
As a female plastic surgeon, Dr. Cooper brings a fresh, new perspective, that when combined with an exceptional level of training, offers a personalized treatment approach with the latest advancements in plastic surgery care.
Dr. Cooper enjoys all aspects of plastic surgery. She has a special interest in women’s health and wellness, particularly in the care and treatment of women who face the challenges of breast cancer reconstruction. One of the most rewarding aspects of her practice has been working with breast cancer patients, supporting them through a life-altering experience, and replacing that which has been lost by creating beautiful, natural-appearing reconstructions.
Dr. Cooper also has a keen interest in complex facial reconstruction for various types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
Reconstructing facial defects that result from cutaneous malignancies requires a high level of skill, as well as an intimate knowledge and understanding of the anatomy. Although challenging, Dr. Cooper finds these types of procedures especially rewarding. Her goal is not only to restore form and function and prevent permanent disfiguration, but also to go above and beyond expectations to give her patients excellent reconstructive results.
Aesthetic medicine and surgery of the face and body requires surgical finesse, technical precision, and a personalized focus, all of which are qualities inherent to Dr. Cooper’s practice. She believes that a personalized approach utilizing the patient’s own natural beauty is paramount to helping patients achieve their cosmetic goals. She strives to establish a personal relationship with each individual patient built on realistic expectations and trust.
Whether rejuvenating the face and body from years that have been lost, rediscovering or improving a patient’s ideal self-image, Dr. Cooper’s focus is to help patients reach their personal goals in a caring, professional, and comfortable environment.
When not at work, Dr. Cooper enjoys reading, running, biking, gardening, traveling and photography.