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: Irish Step Dancing

Oh my aching back.

October 5th, 2012 — 2:50pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon on the perils of sewing day and night for several weeks.

I’ve had a several busy in surgery which means I’ve been hunching over the operating table and putting in stitch after stitch after stitch.  Then I’ve been going home and hunching over my sewing machine hour after hour after hour.  And my back is killing me.

I’ve been working like a maniac on my daughter’s Irish Step Dancing Solo Dress.  It’s her very first Solo Dress and in state of temporary insanity, I decided to design and make it myself. 

I’ve been sewing since grade school and there was a time when I made most of my clothing.  But this dress is the most challenging project I have ever taken on.  Solo Dresses are designed to make a dancer stand out on stage.  They need to be fitted to flatter the dancer but also move a certain way with the various jumps and leaps and twirls that make up Irish Step Dancing.     And they need to sparkle and shine. 

My daughter’s dress has a midnight teal velvet bodice and a drop waist with a three layer ruffled white satin skirt with a matching cape.  Did I mention about a billion metalic seed beads and rhinestones.  Oh, and there is the lining and the underlining.  And I think I need counseling after struggling with horrors of the “invisible”  zipper. 

Mu daughter and I are traveling to Portland, Oregon tomorrow for her first competition in her new Solo Dress.  I know exactly where I will be until the wee hours tonight.  I’ll be hunched over this dress, putting on the final touches of this magnificent garment which I expect my daughter to outgrow within 3 or 4 months.   Then……I get to start making the next one!

Thanks for reading and wish my daughter (and her dress) lots of luck.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Irish Step Dancing, It's All About Me.

Ban the Tan?

July 23rd, 2012 — 11:57am

Pasty white Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares her view on tanning bed restrictions.

What’s wrong with this picture???

My daughter is a competative Irish step dancer and if you don’t what that involves, you must rent the documentary “Jig”.  The Irish dancing subculture is an interesting mix of athletic, artisitic and beauty competition.   I have attended many a competition and have seen that part of the “look”, for some of the girls, includes deeply  tanned legs. 

Some of the girls have spray on tanned legs but some of them have obviously been spending time in an indoor tanning salon and, as a physician, it drives me nuts. 

 The incidence of Malignant Melanoma has been going up, up, up in the past couple of decades and it’s rising the fastest in the same group that spends the most time in indoor tanning salons – young women. 

 Many countries and some states have placed age restrictions on indoor tanning.  Brazil has an outright ban on indoor tanning.  I’m not one to advocate a nanny state, but I do think that we need to protect children from their own bad choices when the stakes are very, very high.  Isn’t that why we don’t sell children cigarettes and alcohol? 

 What do you think?  Should a 12 year old be able to waltz into a tanning salon to spend her allowance on a tanning session?  Should I say something to the parents of these tanned girls?   Should I spray paint my daughter’s legs?????

 Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder





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