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: My Plastic Surgery Philosophy

Full length mirrors in the plastic surgeon’s office.

July 1st, 2014 — 9:08am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and seamstress thinks of plastic surgery while shopping for fabric. In April I attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in San Francisco.  I sat in on many presentations, took a couple of workshops and spent lots of time comparing notes with colleagues.  As per usual,Continue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy

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. 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 fromContinue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Stuff I love, Wardrobe Observations

No need to be a nervous wreck the day of surgery.

March 24th, 2014 — 4:31pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon gets an inside view of the surgery check in process at a famous Seattle hospital. Recently I helped a much loved family member check into a famous hospital in Seattle for some orthopedic surgery.  He is by nature a pretty calm person and had great confidence in his surgeon and was really,Continue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Preoperative Care

Is it wrong to worship an operating room?

March 4th, 2014 — 10:53am

Seattle Plastic Surgeons does her first case in her new operating room.  It was a religious experience. Today I did three cases in our brand new operating room which is part of the brand new Madison Tower Surgery Center in Seattle.  And it was a great day.  Our new OR has plenty of space, naturalContinue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, New Technology, Patient Safety

Can I guarantee an all female surgical team? Sorry. No can do.

February 12th, 2014 — 4:52pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses why she cannot guarantee an all female surgical team. Recently a prospective patient contacted me and wanted to know if I could guarantee and all female surgical staff.  If I could not guarantee this, she would seek care with another doctor.  Well, that’s one I had to let go.  You see, IContinue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Plastic Surgery

Next step?

October 2nd, 2013 — 10:32am

Do you have lots of questions about plastic surgery?  Come on in for a consultation! I get about a bajillion emails every day from prospective patients and I try very hard to answer them the best I can but…………………………there is a limit to how much information I can provide without actual the laying on of eyes andContinue reading…

My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Plastic Surgery

“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

Let’s Make a Deal!

April 17th, 2013 — 12:40pm

Let’s Make a Deal is great entertainment but has no place in a doctor’s office. I used to love watching Let’s Make a Deal as a kid when I was home sick from school.  It was just so fun to see the contestants win something really cool like a car and so funny to seeContinue reading…

Facial Fillers, My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Uncategorized

I am such a Girl Scout!

April 12th, 2013 — 12:34pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses the difference between reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and what that has to do with April 15th and the Girl Scouts of America. This time of year I get numerous requests from patients who want to “write off” plastic surgical procedures for tax purposes.    I am always happy to provide my clinicContinue reading…

Financial Issues, My Plastic Surgery Philosophy

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

March 28th, 2013 — 9:47am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon explains why plastic surgery should be avoided in those who suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. I saw a young man recently who suffers from Body Dysmor-phic Disorder (BDD). Those who suffer from BDD become obsessed with a minor or imaginary physical flaw.  They may withdraw from society because of their perceived defect and spend hoursContinue reading…

General Health, My Plastic Surgery Philosophy, Plastic Surgery

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