• Maternal Restoration (aka Mommy Makeover)
    Are you a mother? Have you ever wondered if there is any way to restore some of your pre-motherhood babe-hood? Well, I'm a plastic surgeon and a mother of three and I'm here to help!
  • Body Contouring
    Have you done your best? Let me do the rest! Those stubborn bulges are often not responsive to diet and exercise. Plastic surgery can help you achieve your personal best.
  • For Men Only
    Do real men have plastic surgery? Oh, yeah. And I'm very comfortable with the male plastic surgery patient. My dad, my husband, all my siblings, two thirds of my offspring and my cat are dudes.
  • Considering Breast Implants
    Only you can decide is breast implant surgery is right for you. Consultation with me includes "trying on" implants to see what size will enhance your overall figure. Bring a snug t-shirt or borrow one of ours!
  • How Do You Find the Right Plastic Surgeon?
    Start by looking for a surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This assures your surgeon has trained fully and formally in an accredited plastic surgery residency program.
  • What Procedure is Right For Me?
    Take a long look at my web site. By the time you are done, I think you will have a good idea about my approach to plastic surgery. If you think we might be a good fit, call to set up a consultation.
  • Surgery After Massive Weight Loss
    Have you finally made friends with your scale? Congratulations! If you have been left with sagging skin or a few areas recalcitrant to your weight loss, body contouring can help.
  • For Women of a Certain Age
    Think you are "too old" to benefit from breast or body contouring? If you are in good health, think again!

Dr. Lisa Sowder, Plastic Surgeon in Seattle
Lisa Sowder, MD, FACS

Welcome to my web site.

Seattle Plastic Surgeon – Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Please see this blog for my retirement announcement!

And now back to COVID-19: Update, 03/01/2021.

Dear patients and prospective patients,

When I last updated this page last December, things were looking pretty grim with case counts way up and vaccine distribution very disorganized.  I’m happy to report that the situation is much better now with case counts and deaths going down and vaccination going up.  But we are still a long way to normal and it just may be that normal is a new normal if this virus becomes endemic like the influenza virus.

Our office is up and running and we are hoping that another shutdown is not in our future.  We have all been vaccinated and many of our patients, especially those over 65 and those in health care, are also joining the ranks of the fully vaccinated.  But……………….that doesn’t mean everything is back to normal.  This disease and the vaccines against it are all new and whether or not those vaccinated can still contract the virus, remain asymptomatic and spread it remains unknown.

We continue to work very hard with our staff and anesthesiologists to maintain procedures and protocols to make our operating room and clinic as safe as possible during this pandemic. These new procedures have become routine and I hardly think twice about them.  We continue to practice social distancing when we can by encouraging new consultations, some pre-op visits and follow-up visits via phone and, when appropriate, photos.  Don’t take it personally if we encourage you not to come into the office for routine care.

We have made many changes to our routine and we ask everyone to cooperate.  We are screening everyone for COVID-19 symptoms and elevated temperature.  We will allow no crowding in our waiting rooms and don’t take it personally if we ask you to wait in your car until we are ready to see you.   We ask that patients come to their office appointments alone if at all possible. Children, usually more than welcome, are not welcome during this time.  And masks?  Oh, yes, lots of masks!  Handwashing?  Oh, yes.  And I have to mention that I usually get 2 -3 significant colds per year.  I have not had so much of a sniffle the past year.  This mask and handwashing stuff really works!


Testing is up to speed and we are requiring pre-operative testing for all of our surgery patients, even those who have been vaccinated.  This may change depending on advice from our Department of Health.    Information about how, when and where to get tested is provided at the pre-operative appointment.


I am retiring in June and would love to have the last few months of my 30 years as a plastic surgeon be “normal” but I know that will not be the case.  I’ll be going out with the knowledge that we really rose to the occasion and were able to stay safe while staying in business.  It’s hard to believe that it was just a year ago when chaos reigned.  I’m really proud of what we have accomplished in the past year.  Kudos galore to my awesome partner, Dr. Shahram Salemy, our awesome anesthesia staff and our nursing and front office staff.  It was a team effort.

In closing, I would like to share a quote from Winston Churchill in 1941 shared with me by my wonderful Canadian colleague, Dr. Earl Campbell.  “We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will.  You do your worst – and we will do our best.”  I highly recommend reading Erik Larson’s latest book, The Splendid and the Vile which is an account of Churchill’s leadership during the London Blitz of 1940-1941.  It really puts our current situation into perspective.  I highly recommend it.  Also, another recommended read is Lawrence Wright’s account of “The Plague Year” in last month’s New Yorker Magazine.  It is absolutely masterful and a prelude to his forthcoming book.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay sane and stay in touch.  Once I retire, most of my website will retire with me but I’ll keep blogging in this space!

Lisa Lynn Sowder, M.D., F.A.C.S.



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