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

Can plastic surgery change your brain? You bettcha!

Seattle Plastic Surgeon removes one pound of breast and with it, a bucket load of obsessive thoughts.

Recently a breast reduction patient told me that she felt like a part of her brain had been removed along with some of her excess breast tissue.

As a young woman, she watched in horror as her breasts became larger and larger and then in middle age became saggier and saggier.  Her breasts tormented her every single day of her adult life.  They dictated the sports she played (or didn’t), the clothes she wore (or didn’t), and in some cases, how others (particularly dudes) percieved her.

Finally, she overcame her fear of surgery and came in for a breast reduction.  During her initial consultation I told her that a pair of smaller, shapelier  breasts (that would match her slender build) were lurking inside those big, saggy breasts and it was my job to liberate them.  And indeed, when her surgery day arrived, I did.  It took me three hours to fix something that had tormented her for thirty years.  Despite the usual early postoperative bruising, swelling and discomfort, I could not wipe the smile off her face from the minute she woke up from the anesthetic and took a peak into her postoperative bra.

All of that mental (and physical) effort she had been putting into her breasts was now freed up for something else.    This particular patient’s “something else” is  lessons in the aerial arts –  twisting, turning, and slinking up, on, in and around a large silky ribbon suspended from her ceiling.  Talk about a change and just not a change in her bra size.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


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