A ^Retired Plastic Surgeon's Notebook

Welcome to my blog. I am a retired plastic surgeon in Seattle and was 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: Aging Issues

Got Sunscreen?

June 12th, 2018 — 9:47am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon comments on the results of a long running sunscreen use study from Austrailia.  It’s that time of year when I must nag about tanning.  In rainy Seattle it is so tempting to soak up the sun once summer arrives (that is usually about July 5th).  But please, think before you rip offContinue reading…

Aging Issues, General Health, Skin Cancer, Skin Care, sun damage

Driver’s side skin damage. Check this out!

June 8th, 2017 — 8:12am

Got sunscreen in your glove box?  You should!  This is an ABC news report written by Serena Marsh and edited for length by me.  This was originally posted in 2012. Sunny Side Old: Pic Reveals Sun’s Aging Effects William (Bill) Edward McElligott is two different ages, 66 and 86 yeaars old.  If you look atContinue reading…

Aging Issues, General Health, Now That's a Little Weird, Skin Care, sun damage

F.D.A. Announces Stricter Rules on Tanning Beds

June 3rd, 2014 — 4:19pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon is delighted with the new rules regarding the use of tanning beds.   She just wonders what took so long????????   Check out this article in the New York Times.   Thanks for reading and don’t forget your sunscreen this summer.  Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder  

Aging Issues, General Health, Government and Politics, Skin Cancer, sun damage

Statistics on “throwing in the towel.”

October 23rd, 2013 — 10:49am

Seattle Plastic Surgeons shares the latest depressing news about “throwing in the towel”.  I was paging through one of the many infomercial type “journals” I recieve and came across an interesting statistic from Benenden Health, a healthcare company in the U.K. They interviewed 2000 men and women and found that, on average, men give upContinue reading…

Aging Issues

This treatment for thinning hair really works.

August 27th, 2013 — 11:23am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon recommends Rogaine for thinning middle age hair. About a year ago, I saw a patient about my age (50 something) with really, really gorgeous hair.  And it was all hers – no extentions or weaves.  I commented on her good fortune and she told me that she had been using Rogaine for aboutContinue reading…

Aging Issues

Fertility reality check in the Wall Street Journal

June 5th, 2013 — 2:35pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon comments on Wall Street Journal article about the realities of fertility. This morning there was an article in the Wall Street Journal about the realities of female fertility and the conflicts that reality can create for the modern woman.  I hope this article gets into circulation among the young and fabulous and indecisive.Continue reading…

Aging Issues

“I want to look natural.” Really?

April 25th, 2013 — 11:54am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon riffs on the “natural look”. 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. Continue reading…

Aging Issues, My Plastic Surgery Philosophy

I’m off to the annual meeting of the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons

February 15th, 2013 — 4:14pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon will present “Breast Implant Removal and Breast Lift in the Middle Aged Patient” at the annual meeting of the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons. Tomorrow I am heading off to my favorite meeting to give a talk on the surgical treatment of women who have either physically or mentally “outgrown” their breast implants. Continue reading…

Aging Issues, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Lift

Fillers may reverse skin aging????? WOW.

December 27th, 2012 — 12:17pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares some very interesting research on fillers and skin aging.  Check it out. I read with interest today an article from Dermatology Times e news.  To my knowledge, this is the first study looking at the anti-aging effects of off the shelf fillers.  Here it is: Ann Arbor, Mich. — It mayContinue reading…

Aging Issues, Facial Fillers, Now That's Cool, Skin Care

Happy Belated Birthday to the Rolling Stones

July 13th, 2012 — 11:29am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon wishes Happy B-Day to those ageless boys of the Rolling Stones. It’s hard to believe that the orginal Bad Boys of Rock ‘n’ Roll first went  had their first gig fifty years and one day ago.  Several years ago, Marianne Faithful wrote Memories, Dreams and Reflections about her high times with the band andContinue reading…

Aging Issues, Facial Fillers, Obesity

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