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

“I want to look natural.” Really?

Seattle Plastic Surgeon riffs on the “natural look”.

Natural look

This is a really, really natural look (except for the tats).

I practice in Seattle and many if not most of my patients come in saying they want a “natural look”.

Simply by making an appointment  with a plastic surgeon tells me that their idea of a natural look and my idea of a natural look may differ a bit.  To me, the lady on the left has a really, really natural look, except for her tats.  And if my patients looked like this lady after surgery, I would not be very busy.  I am not, in any way, dissing this lady.  I rather admire her chutzpah in letting it all hang out.

I try very, very hard to understand exactly what my patients mean by “looking natural” and in most cases what they really mean is that they want it to look like it “could have, just maybe, just possibly, on a really, really good day, occurred in nature”.  Another term I like is “as good for my age as possible”.

So ………… “like it could have occured in nature” and “as good for your age as possible” are two looks that are in my realm of reality and two looks that I strive for in my plastic surgery practice.

Thanks for reading!  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


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