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!

Seattle Plastic Surgeon Falls Hard for a Tree

July 26th, 2011 — 6:23pm

Seattle Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder blogs about her newest obsession and Seattle’s lousy summer.

Last weekend my daughter and I went to Swanson’s, which is a lovely nursery in north Seattle.  We had a light lunch at the cafe and then went browsing.  (Now that I am most definitely a woman of a certain age, I would rather cruise a nursery than a boutique).

Marie and I saw it as the same instant, just sitting there like a beautiful young orphan, so tiny and out of place with the much taller quotidian deciduous ornamental trees.  And we fell hard for this Japanese Umbrella Pine.  I put it on our cart and found a staff member to ask about it.  He could have said you need to water it with sterile thrice deionized water 4 times a day and apply platypus feces as a side dressing in the spring and fall and I would have still purchased this beauty.  Actually all he said was that it will grow to 20 feet over 20 years and I can’t let it dry out.

And drying out won’t likely be a problem, at least this summer.  While the rest of the nation is sweltering and frying, Seattle is experiencing the coldest and wettest summer in any one’s memory.  But this is good for my sweet, beautiful Japanese Umbrella Pine.  It is native to the rain forests of Japan and I’m sure I can keep it happy in the rain forest of Seattle.

So what does this have to do with plastic surgery?  Okay, how’s this?

  • Just because it’s cloudy, you still need sunscreen!
  • And the real reason I do plastic surgery is to support my gardening habit.

Thanks for reading!  Seattle Plastic Surgeon and Plant Freak, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Gardening, I Love Seattle!, It's All About Me., Now That's Cool, Plastic Surgery, Skin Care, sun damage

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

Real women dance at the Moisture Festival

March 29th, 2011 — 10:19pm

Queen sized belly dancerSeattle Plastic Surgeon Highly Recommends the Moisture Festival.

Last night my husband took me a show at Seattle’s Moisture Festival for my birthday. The Moisture Festival ( is a series of zany stage productions that combine burlesque, comedy, music, acrobatics, and every kind of bizarre performance art you can think of. This aptly named festival occurs during our wet Seattle spring when we’ve all just had about enough of the rain, thank you very much. My spirits always soar at these shows and my sides ache from laughter. (My children will no longer attend with us because I laugh so loud, it embarrasses them).

This year, the second act was a dance troupe of ladies who ranged from skinny minnies to queen size and from twenty-something to AARP material and they were all totally fab. They were dressed in various fantasy garb which included the Star Trek Babe, the Mission Impossible Babe, the 007 Babe, the Swedish Housewife Babe, The Belly Dancer Babe, etc. The woman with the best moves reminded me of miniskirted Ricki Lake in the original “Hairspray” movie, only 20 years older. She had great timing and her body was in perfect sync with the music. She had this awesome hip rattle just in sych with the percussionist’s latino sounds.

I doubt if I’ll be seeing her for any liposuction anytime soon. She looks like she’s living the dream just the way she is! You go girl.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Body Contouring, General Health, I Love Seattle!

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