Blog — Notes of a Plastic Surgeon

Welcome to my blog. I am a plastic surgeon in Seattle and have been in private practice since 1991. I've seen more than a few interesting faces and cases through my years spent in the exam room, the operating room and the emergency room. And I have an opinion on just about everything relating to plastic surgery (and a lot of unrelated stuff). If you like my blog, let me know. Thanks for reading! Lisa

Category: I Love Seattle!

The picture of successful surgery.

August 22nd, 2013 — 12:49pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares a patient’s picture of successful surgery. 

blog sherilynnOne of my many, many wonderful patients shared her Instagram photo with me today.   She’s had a little – er – work done by me.   I thought she looked great the first time she walked into my office a couple of years ago.  But now – WOW.

She just radiates confidence and comfort in her own new and improved skin.  And she has kissed her shapewear goodby!  Sweet.

And here is the part I really love.  She has become a Thrift Shop Genius.  She spent the big bucks on surgery to treat areas that she didn’t like and is now rocking outfits like the one here that she put together for a few dollars.

Have I told you lately that I just looooooove my job?

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool

A few of my favorite things.

June 19th, 2013 — 2:30pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon hits a triple on her morning walk.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon's all time favorite creature.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon’s all time favorite creature -       the kingfisher.

This morning I took a nice, brisk walk along Seattle’s Fremont Ship Canal.  It is wonderful place to start the day, especially in the summer.  Today I saw the usual early morning suspects:  dogs with their humans, middle aged rowers gliding across the water in their shells and skulls, the morning shift workers at Foss Maritime.

And I was treated to some of Seattle’s  urban wildlife.  First up was a Great Blue Heron, standing as still as a statue waiting patiently for it’s breakfast to swim by.  Next I saw the sleek brown head of a muskrat leaving a little wake behind it in the dark morning water.  She was likely headed home to little muskrat pups after a night of foraging.

Just when I thought my morning couldn’t get any better, I heard the distinctive rattle cry of a kingfisher.  I followed the sound with my eyes and spotted my all time favorite creature on a branch of a nearby poplar tree, just as he helicoptered down and then dove  into the smooth surface of the ship canal and emerged moments later with a small fish in his mouth.

This juxtaposition of the great outdoors with great city life is one of the many things I love about Seattle.  I just need to remind myself of this sometimes in the winter months when it’s so wet, I have moss growing on my north side.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool

Happy Spring!

March 20th, 2013 — 1:07pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon wishes everyone a Happy First Day of Spring.

Hellebores, a.k.a. Lenten Roses love Seattle's wet winter and early spring.

Hellebores, a.k.a. Lenten Roses love Seattle’s wet winter and early spring.

Today is the first day of spring and a storm is heading Seattle’s way.  It is supposed to hit mid-afternoon and bring wind up to 50 m.p.h., rain, sleet and/or snow and even a little thunder.

I made it a point to get out for a first day of Spring walk early this morning before all heaven broke loose.  I took my dog, Stella, to Seattle’s Parson’s Garden which is a teeny, tiny pocket park about a mile from my home.

I was delighted to see so many Hellebores in bloom.  They are my favorite winter perennial.    They bloom during Lent hence their common name Lenten Rose.    They are truly a 3 or even 4 season attraction to a mixed border garden.  Their blooms look great even months after Easter and most varieties have lovely foliage.  They look very delicate but are very hardy.  I’m quite confident that they will survive whatever the storm brings us today.

Thanks for reading.   Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Gardening, I Love Seattle!

Let’s hear it for Seattle’s MOISTURE FESTIVAL

March 19th, 2013 — 10:37am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon loves the Moisture Festival. 

blog moisture 5

You never know who is going to show up on stage at the moisture festival but you know it’s going to be good.

Seattle’s Moisture Festival comes at just the right time of year when we citizens are weary of the long, dark and, yes, moist winter.   The Moisture Festival is the best way to shake off the moss and jump head first into spring.

If you have not had the pleasure of attending one of these most amazing shows, I highly recommend you do.  You will be entertained by some of the best comedy, burlesque, circus arts, and music all done with a quirky and joyful style.  You just may leave the show wanting to take your job and shove it and run away to join this happy, happy band of entertainers.

There are two types of shows – one for adults and one for kids of all ages (that would be me).    The shows start this week and run through mid-April.  Check out their website for more information and tickets and if you attend, spread the word.

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

I Love Seattle!

I have the coolest patients!

October 12th, 2012 — 3:50pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon thinks her patients are the best.

Earlier this week one of my patients had bruises all over her body and I was a little worried about her until she told me that she and a bunch of friends had competed recently in a Muddy Buddy Race.  I knew what she was talking about because the Seattle Times had covered this race and after reading the article and seeing the photos, I thought,  “I bet that is a lot of fun!” 

But now after seeing those bruising and hearing a first person account of the obstacles (an ice water “hot tub”, being hoisted up many climbing walls, and electrical shocks) and a waiver that is called the DEATH WAIVER, I think I will leave that sort of fun for others.  But I am so proud that one of my patients was a finisher. 

Do my patients rock or what? 

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool

Get out of the rain and into the Moisture Festival!

March 19th, 2012 — 4:48pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon is a big fan of this very Seattle-ish tradition.

Every late winter/early spring, when the city of Seattle is just about ready to move to Phoenix the Moisture Festival saves the day.

This quirky vaudevillian celebration of human weirdness runs for several weeks at various venues in Seattle.  It showcases jugglers, comedians, contortionists (my husband’s favorites), aerialists, musicians, unicyclists, bubble masters and even a guy who makes sandwiches with his feet and then gets members of the audience to eat them.   What is not to loooooove?   All of this for $20!!!

Soooo, if you need a few laughs, check out a show.  The Comedy/Variety shows are PG rated and fine for the kids.   (My daughter loves the Moisture Festival and wants to be an contortionist when she grows up).  The over 18 shows are for adults only and showcase Seattle healthy burlesque scene and, although I do not have proof, probably some nice plastic surgery work!

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


I Love Seattle!, Now That's A Little Weird, Now That's Cool


March 2nd, 2012 — 6:35pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about the lessons learned in the play, Pygmalion, now playing at Seattle’s Intiman Theater.

Mark Anders as linguist Henry Higgins and Jennifer Lee Taylor as Eliza Doolittle. Her décolleté is so lovely, he dare not look!

Last night I soooo enjoyed attending Pygmalion at Seattle’s Intiman Theater.  There is something about live human beings on stage telling a story through words and action that just touch my soul so much more than film or television ever does. 

 Pygmalion, as most of you probably know, refers to the story of the artist who fell in love with his own sculpture of the “perfect woman”. 

The play, written by George Bernard Shaw and made into the musical My Fair Lady, tells the story of Linguist Henry Higgins turning the gutter snipe Eliza Doolittle into a Duchess.  In the end of course, he learns as much from her as she does from him.  It’s a great story of class and money and manners and empathy and for the plastic surgeon in the audience, the importance of sun protection on the ever important  décolleté .  

The  décolleté  is so often exposed to the sun and, unlike the face, is not amenable to deep chemical peels or laser treatments to treat the sun damage.  Therefore, prevention is paramount.  I recommend adding quick spray of Neutrogena spray-on sun block every morning to the décolleté  to every woman’s morning skin care routine.  It takes but a second or two and helps maintain skin health in this most important female landscape. 

I also highly recommend seeing this delightful play!

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

General Health, I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool, Skin Care, Sun Damage

Have a party to attend? Get thee a Tuzzie Muzzie.

January 11th, 2012 — 10:03pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon breaks the ice at a party with her Tuzzie Muzzie!

Seattle Plastic Surgeon's party hat.
There’s a Tuzzie Muzzie to complement any party frock.

Last Friday I attended my very first Twelfth Night Party.  It was a fancy affair with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and dessert buffet at Seattle’s Women’s University Club.

You readers of my blog may find this a little hard to believe, but I am quite shy and I was a little concerned that I only would know one person at this fancy affair.  I needed a little wardrobe courage  so I wore my playful Tuzzie Muzzie.  This little, whimsical party hat is a great ice breaker and conversation piece.  It has served me well over the years.

Shorty after walking in the door into a sea of strangers, I was approached by a lovely gentleman who knew a lot about this particular party accouterment.  I learned that the generic name for these fancy head pieces is “Facinator”  and they are all over the place in the British party scene and the Kentucky Derby.   I had no idea.  I guess this Seattle gal needs to get out more or at least pay more attention of Royal Weddings and horse races!

I had a lovely time at the party and I know that my Tuzzie Muzzie was a big help.

I now feel lucky that Seattle has it’s own Facinator milliner.  You can either shop online or go to Crackerjack in Seattle’s Wallingford Center and try one on.  And make sure to wear it to your next party, especially if you won’t know many people and are a little on the shy side.

Thanks for reading!  The rather shy Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool, Wardrobe observations

I love practicing in Seattle!

May 13th, 2011 — 11:37pm

Another lovely day in Seattle

Plastic Surgeon just loves practicing in Seattle.

An article in the Seattle Times today confirmed that Seattle has had one of the wettest, coldest springs in recorded history. My Vitamin D level is probably undetectable. But……..

I still love it here and here is why. Earlier this week I was at the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery ( and got a little taste of what patients in some other parts of the country want in the way of plastic surgery. When it comes to breast implants, it’s “go big or go home”. Ditto for buttocks. Ditto for lips. With liposuction, it is the six pack look for women. Some of these patients after surgery reminded me of some comic book heroines.

I love having patients who have a healthy and realistic idea of what the beautiful human form ought to look like. Almost all my patients share my idea that it would be nice to come out of surgery looking like it could have – on a very good day – occurred in nature.

Maybe my low Vitamin D is just making me cranky, but I just don’t like that totally fake look and (as further proof of an ever loving God), neither to 99% of my patients.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Body Contouring, Breast Contouring, Breast Implants, General Health, I Love Seattle!, Plastic Surgery

Seattle weather – great for moss and nice skin

April 19th, 2011 — 4:50pm
Beautiful moss weather we're having

Beautiful moss weather we’re having

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses the joys of a soggy climate.

The front page of the Seattle Times today featured a great story on moss. We’ve had one of the wettest and coldest springs in recent memory and the moss is just loving it. I must admit, when I was in college and taking botony, I had a great admiration for moss, especially when I got down to moss level and really looked at it. And under the microscope – wow.

Everyone with a moss garden is estatic about this weather and I also think anyone who cares about their skin should be estatic too. I spend the winter months slathering on skin cream because I get so dried out and the summer months I slather on sun block, but the last two months I’ve headed out the door with just a dollop of sun screen on my face and that’s it. It’s so moist here, my dry skin just soaks up the ambient humidity and with this cloud cover, I can be a little lax about endless my battle with the UV. Let’s here it for Seattle’s moisture festival!

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Aging Issues, I Love Seattle!, Skin Care, Sun Damage

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