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: Scar

Breast lift: Fear not the scars!

January 23rd, 2018 — 9:57am

I see many, many women for implant removal after years of being unhappy with their breast implants.  Many of these ladies consulted a plastic surgeon for sagging of the breasts and instead of ending up with a breast lift, ended up with breast implants.  Often the explanation for this is that the patient did notContinue reading…

Breast Contouring, Breast Implant Removal, Breast Implants, Breast Lift, Scar

Self Harm Scars

August 28th, 2017 — 2:57pm

There is no easy treatment for self harm scars. I get a lot of questions about “scar removal” and sometimes these scars are self inflicted.  Cutting, as it is called, occurs most commonly in the young and is associated with a myriad of mental health problems.  Often the turmoil that characterizes these challenging years dissipatesContinue reading…

Scar, Skin Care

Agressive treatment for acne

January 22nd, 2015 — 1:44pm

Treat acne now to avoid scars later. If, like me, you are a fan of the cable T.V. show “Justified” you recognize this man as Johnny Crowder.   I find him very attractive despite his really severe acne scarring.  Maybe it’s because he is the quintessential bad boy or maybe it’s because he has such a softContinue reading…

Acne, Scar, Skin Care

A really, really excellent scar.

October 22nd, 2014 — 12:51pm

Any incision that goes all the way through the skin will leave a scar.  That the way higher organisms like you and me heal.  Scarless surgery is just not possible. Patients are always concerned about scarring and so are plastic surgeons.  Plastic surgeons are good about hiding scars in wrinkles or skin creases or along naturalContinue reading…

Now That's Cool, Plastic Surgery, Scar

The difference between a complication and a trade off.

October 29th, 2013 — 2:41pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon clears up some confusion about postoperative “issues.” I recently did a pre-operative visit on a lady who will be having a face lift next month.  We have patients read an extensive informed consent document and discuss any issues that arise from that document.  She was most concerned about nerve damage that mayContinue reading…

Postoperative Care, Scar, Surgical Eductaion

Keep those fresh scars out of the sun!

September 5th, 2012 — 11:30am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon discusses the importance of keeping fresh scars out of the sun. This ankle scar would have turned out much better had it been protected from the sun. Seattle is enjoying a beautiful late summer with warm, sunny days and crisp and cool nights.  There’s lots of skin showing out on Seattle streetsContinue reading…

Plastic Surgery, Postoperative Care, Scar, Skin Care, sun damage


March 14th, 2012 — 11:36pm

Do you have a child with severe acne???  An ounce of treatment now is worth a ton of scar revisions later. Left: Before a bazillion procedures. Right: After a bazillion procedures. I have two children in high school and I often am asked for advice regarding acne.  I am not a dermatologist nor do IContinue reading…

Acne, Children, Facial Fillers, Fat Injection, Plastic Surgery, Scar, Skin Care

Would someone please lend me their crystal ball?

March 1st, 2012 — 12:45am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about needing a crystal ball to answer many of her patients’ questions. I had one of those days today where every patient asked me to predict the future.   Will I be able to drive a week after a tummy tuck?  Will these implants look okay after I have children?   Will I getContinue reading…

Postoperative Care, Scar

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