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

Time for a new bra. This one is 600 years old.

July 19th, 2012 — 5:26pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon comments on recent discovery of ancient bra.

I came across a tiny mention about the discovery of ancient bras (and undies) in today’s Seattle Times.   This bra, discovered in an Austrian castle, is about 600 years old.  I think it looks pretty good for its age, don’t you?  Check out this article in the Huffington Post for the full story.

Also is today’s Seattle Times was an advertisement for Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale.   What a coincidence!  I think this sale is the very best time to shop for new bras.  There are a jillion styles on sale and even when it’s crazy busy, the sales staff is great with helping a gal find just the right fit. 

Sooooo……if your bra is looking a little like this 600 year old model, get thee to Nordstrom’s and get a nice little something for yourself. 

 Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Breast Contouring, Now That's Cool, Wardrobe Observations

It summer! Time to review swim suit rules.

June 26th, 2012 — 2:39pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon reviews swimsuit rules.

 I came across this list of “Swimsuit Commandments” in O Magazine and thought I would share it with my readers.  I think Adam offers some pretty reasonable advice with his 10 Commandments.  But…

I do  have a beef with so many of the “Swimsuit Makeover” spreads that seem to populate every magazine targeting women over, say, age 15.  Because after 15, we all have swimsuit issues.  It seems that all of the after photos in these spreads show the makeover subject in 4 inch heels.  It is a rare woman who does not look better in a swimsuit, any swimsuit, with 4 inch heels.  But really, when was the last time you wore 4 inch heels to the beach?  I’m surprised that these spreads don’t show the women before their makeover wearing flippers.  Even Jennifer Lopez would look bad in flippers.

I also have a beef about the absence of these spreads in journals targeting men over, say, 20.  My husband writes for mens’ magazines and it seems we have a subscription to them all.  I’ve never seen a swimsuit makeover for dudes;  no Speedo recommendation for the “short torso with birdlegs” or the board shorts  for the “long torso with gynecomastiaor the boy short  for the “spare tire with nasty, fungus feet.”   Why can’t Adam be there for the dudes?   They need help too!

 My favorite bit of swimwear wisdom comes from writer Anne Lamott.  I cannot locate the exact quote so I am paraphrasing here.   Ms. Lamott, who apparently has some issues with her thighs (she has loveningly named them “the Aunties”), decided long ago that body issues will never, ever keep her from enjoying a swimming pool, a lake, a river, or an ocean.  I totally agree with that commandment:  “Thou shalt  exalt in the joy of swimming whenever and wherever possible.”  And I will also add to the venues to be enjoyed –  running through the sprinklers with one’s children on a hot summer day.  And make sure to follow with Snow Cones all around.

So, enjoy the summer.  Here in the Northwest, it’s short and sweet.  Last weekend I swam in a very brisk Lake Chelan in my very ragged,  very old Speedo and I enjoyed every second of it.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Uncategorized, Wardrobe Observations

A Valentine’s Day Gift that won’t end up on your hips.

February 7th, 2012 — 7:42pm

Put this on your list for Valentine’s Day.  It won’t end up on your hips and you can wear it in public!

Pink SmartWool Artisan Socks – Perfect for Valentines Day

I am totally smitten with SmartWool stockings, especially the Artisan variety.  They come in an array of very cool and funky designs and colors and they last and last and last.  There’s nothing like a new pair of snugly warm socks to warm my heart in winter.

Did ya know why SmartWool socks aren’t itchy?  It’s because the type of wool that is used is very, very fine and flexible compared to normal wool which is thick, stiff and poky.   I don’t itch at all in these sock and I am a very, very itchy gal by nature.   In fact, I am sitting here right now thinking how itchy my boiled wool jacket is.   And you know how that makes me feel?  Well, it rhymes with itchy.

So check out some pink SmartWool socks for Valentines Day.  And no, no, no, I do not get a dime or even a free pair of socks for this blog.

Thanks for reading.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Now That's Cool, Wardrobe Observations

Have a party to attend? Get thee a Tuzzie Muzzie.

January 11th, 2012 — 10:03pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon breaks the ice at a party with her Tuzzie Muzzie!

Seattle Plastic Surgeon's party hat.
There’s a Tuzzie Muzzie to complement any party frock.

Last Friday I attended my very first Twelfth Night Party.  It was a fancy affair with cocktails, dinner, dancing, and dessert buffet at Seattle’s Women’s University Club.

You readers of my blog may find this a little hard to believe, but I am quite shy and I was a little concerned that I only would know one person at this fancy affair.  I needed a little wardrobe courage  so I wore my playful Tuzzie Muzzie.  This little, whimsical party hat is a great ice breaker and conversation piece.  It has served me well over the years.

Shorty after walking in the door into a sea of strangers, I was approached by a lovely gentleman who knew a lot about this particular party accouterment.  I learned that the generic name for these fancy head pieces is “Facinator”  and they are all over the place in the British party scene and the Kentucky Derby.   I had no idea.  I guess this Seattle gal needs to get out more or at least pay more attention of Royal Weddings and horse races!

I had a lovely time at the party and I know that my Tuzzie Muzzie was a big help.

I now feel lucky that Seattle has it’s own Facinator milliner.  You can either shop online or go to Crackerjack in Seattle’s Wallingford Center and try one on.  And make sure to wear it to your next party, especially if you won’t know many people and are a little on the shy side.

Thanks for reading!  The rather shy Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool, Wardrobe Observations

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