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: Wardrobe Observations

Dude, when you get off the bike, put on your fig leaf.

June 21st, 2015 — 11:23am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and mother of a 14 year old daughter implores the naked cyclist at the Fremont Summer Solstice Fair to put a fig leaf on it. 

blog fremont fairI have been attending the Fremont Summer Solstice Fair for many years.  I live just a few  blocks away from Fremont, the self designated “Center of the Universe”.  The fair is a fun and funky and freaky celebration of Seattle’s short but wonderful summer and just about anything goes.  But this year, either I’m getting old and cranky or maybe the anything goes has gone too far.

Saturday’s parade has for years included a posse of nude cyclists who seem to appear from nowhere, weave through the parade and crowds and then disappear.  And we all cheer for their naughtiness.   But this year, after the parade, many of the cyclists just hung out, really hung out with nary a loin cloth.  I felt like I was in a urology clinic.  My daughter was having a hard time knowing where to look because everywhere she looked, there was another one.

So dudes, next year make sure you look for me.  I will be the middle aged lady handing out free fig leaves for those of you who forgot yours.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder




Now That's a Little Weird, Wardrobe Observations

It’s open season for celebrities in swimsuits.

May 28th, 2015 — 12:49pm

Scans,   (20140304095238874) 20140722133849781Recently I found myself waiting in a long line at the grocery store so I reached for the National Enquirer to catch up on the latest case of Spontaneous Human Combustion and Lizard Boy but alas, about half of the issue was devoted to mostly unflattering photos of celebrities in swimsuits.  It was a potpourri of bulges, sags, bags, cellulite, stretch marks and other bodily imperfections.  After a few pages, I just had to put it down.  Maybe it’s the Catholic in me but I just felt kind of guilty looking.  But before putting in back in the rack, I did get a glimpse  of Bruce Springsteen frolicking in the surf.  He’s in his sixties and he is still The Boss.

I am so thankful that nobody follows me around with a camera!

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

General Health, Wardrobe Observations

Add a Rash Guard to your summer wardrobe. Your skin will thank you for it.

June 9th, 2014 — 12:06pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon loves her rash guard.  She also hopes you also have one to love.

cc rash guardI love this time of year in Seattle because the outdoor public swimming pools are open and the lakes are warm enough, barely, for a really quick dip.  And I loooove to swim, especially outdoors.  And I loooove my rash guard which not only protects me from the strong summer sun, it keeps me warm in the chilly waters of Lake Washington and Green Lake and when I am really, really brave, the frigid waters of Puget Sound.

I was a real water dog growing up, spending most of my summer days in Northern Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene or Spokane’s Comstock Pool.  My mother made me wear a t-shirt into to the water in the mid day sun.  As much as I used to gripe about it, I now appreciate her wisdom.  I do have sun damage on my chest and back but it would be much worse without my mom’s nagging.

I have my kids trained so they almost feel a little underdressed without their rash guards.  There’s no need for a baggy, soggy t-shirt to ruin your beach or pool style.  Rash guards come in colors and designs for just about any taste.

Oh, and the lady here is not actually me but I do own this rash guard!

Thanks for reading and happy, happy, happy summer!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

General Health, Skin Care, sun damage, Wardrobe Observations

Mother’s Day is almost here.

May 7th, 2014 — 3:59pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and mother of three teenagers (!) has a gift suggestion for Mother’s Day.  She hopes her husband and children read this blog.

This robe is as soft as a kitten.

This robe is as soft as a kitten.

I recently  had to spend the better part of a day at SeaTac, Seattle’s airport, while waiting for my delayed flight to San Franscisco to attend the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.   Fortunately, SeaTac has a really nice terminal with lots of shops and restaurants to while away the hours and whittle away your wallet while waiting.  I happened upon this wonderful robe at a gift shop called Fireworks Gallery.  It is as light and soft and cuddly as a kitten.  I almost expected it to start purring.  This robe is at the top of my list for this Mother’s Day.

If you are interested in this robe for a wonderful mom in your life, Seattle has several Firework Galleries and it’s also available online from the manufacturer’s website :   And if the mother on your list already has a nice collections of robes, Tourance also carries a Wild Hyena Faux Fur Throw with Chocolate Rosebuds.  Sounds fun, huh?

Happy Mother’s day to all.   I’m looking forward to breakfast in bed this Sunday.  Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


It's All About Me., Mommy Makeover, Stuff I love, Wardrobe Observations

Another reason why surgeons love the operating room.

April 8th, 2014 — 12:30pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon explains why one of many reasons why she just loves the operating room.

Scrubs. It’s a uniform we all love.

There are many reasons that surgeons love to spend the day in the operating room.

We consider the operating room our nest and those with whom we work in the operating room our tribe.  It really is our home away from home.  And it is kind of a sacred space.  Others are loath to interrupt an operation with trivial questions like “does anyone remember who the bass player for Herman’s Hermits was?”

And surgeons like to operate.  That is why we spend the better part of our young adulthood in training so we can learn our craft.  As one of my co-residents used to say when we were weary from working such long hours, “Lisa, you gotta love it!”

Another  reason we love the OR is the operating room uniform – scrubs.  Ah, scrubs.  They are as comfortable as pajamas and we get to work in them!  And we get to wear a surgical cap which comes in very, very handy on a bad hair day.  And we get to wear really comfortable operating room clogs.  No high heals allowed in the operating room.

And here is the best part about scrubs.  At the end of the day, we take them off and put them in a magic laundry hamper.  A few days later, they appear all clean and folded in the scrub cabinet.  I sure I wish I had a magic laundry hamper at home.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder



My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Stuff I love, Wardrobe Observations

Spring cleaning – why not get a head start?

March 17th, 2014 — 10:28am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares a clothes closet de-cluttering algorithm.

I have set aside  this coming weekend to de-clutter my clothing closet.  Since I did not spring clean last year or the year before,  this is going to be rather challenging.  Fortunately, I came across this algorithm which will help me with the process.   I will try to be strong.  Wish me luck or better yet, why don’t you de-clutter your clothes closet and we can compare notes!

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

This is from O: The Oprah Magazine, De-Clutter Your Life, March, 2014.

This is from O: The Oprah Magazine, De-Clutter Your Life, March, 2014.


It's All About Me., Wardrobe Observations

No fez for me.

April 30th, 2013 — 10:37am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon is soooooo disappointed to learn about Turkey’s ban on the fez.

Plastic surgery Seattle

That fez will get you in trouble with the Turkish authorities.

Just today I had a friend return from a trip to Turkey.  I had asked her to buy an authentic fez for me just for fun.  Well, there was no fez for me in her bag of gifts.  She learned, while she was there, that the fez was banned in the 1920″s as part of Turkey’s push towards secularization and modernization.

Now I am all for separation of church and state and for modernization but at such a price?   I think the fez is just one of the coolest head adornments out there – and they add a good six inches to one’s height. So my pal goes to Turkey and all I get is a lousy belly dancing scarf.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Stuff I love, Wardrobe Observations

Downton Abbey – those corsets remind me of tummy tuck surgery

March 11th, 2013 — 11:16am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon riffs on how those Downton Abbey women stay so slim and what it all has to do with the modern day tummy tuck.

A tummy tuck is a little like having an internal corset.

A tummy tuck is a little like having an internal corset.

The ladies of Downton Abbey spend a lot of time having their corsets laced up by their maids – and it’s always right before they go down for dinner.  No wonder they all stay so slim.  Who can overeat when laced up tight?

And this brings me to a recent study about weight loss in ladies who have had a tummy tuck.  This is a common observation in my practice but I had never before seen it reported in the plastic surgery literature.  It seems that the internal corset that is part of most tummy tuck operations results in automatic portion control just like an old fashioned corset does.

Just another great thing about tummy tuck.  You get to wear your corset 24/7 and you don’t even need a maid!

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Body Contouring, Now That's Cool, Obesity, Tummy Tuck, Wardrobe Observations

A perfect Christmas gift for that special man in your life.

December 19th, 2012 — 11:41am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about a perfect Christmas gift for that special dude.

 One thing I love about my job is that I get to chat with my patients and more often than not, I learn something. Recently I learned about a great gift for guys, especially the hard-to-buy-for guys.  Who would have thought of Lululemon???

This mommy makeover patient told me about these  Chillstopper pants,  that are made of a very soft and light fleece and are perfect for winter running and perfect for indoor lounging.  She said her husband just loves them and she was finally able to toss his old nasty sweatpants with his blessings. 

I think these may have just appeared at the top of my husband’s Christmas list.   These are pricey (hey, they are Lululemon) but if they can get a guy out of his sweats, they are golden.   Also, these will make your dudes back side look great and if they are like my one pair of Lululemon pants, they will last through about a bajillion workouts. 

Thanks for reading!  If you have any Christmas suggestions, let me know!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Uncategorized, Wardrobe Observations

Sports bra recommendation by an athlete patient.

September 28th, 2012 — 3:56pm

Seattle plastic surgeon’s patient shares her BREST BRA EVER.

I hope she is wearing a good sports bra.

Yesterday I saw one of my patients who had undergone a breast augmentation and was now training for the Seattle Marathon which (what were they thinking?) is held the Saturday after Thanksgiving.   She was in the process of ramping up her mileage but was being careful not to ramp down her chest. 

She had gone from not needing a bra to needing a really good sports bra.  She discovered a great bra at Lululemon.  It’s called the Ta Ta Tamer II and it looks like it would do the trick on the bounciest of bossoms and it’s even nice looking.   No Brunhilda styling with this bra.

I tell all of my breast surgery patients to wear a really good bra when exercising.  It’s all about protecting that investment against the ravages of gravity.  So unless you live in the International Space Station, make sure you’ve got some great support. 

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Breast Contouring, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Wardrobe Observations

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