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: sun damage

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

Chemical peels can help undo sun damage. But first you have to be a pepperoni pizza.

June 21st, 2016 — 12:44pm

It’s summer and time for me to start ragging and nagging about sun protection.  Well, today it’s gonna be a little different.  I am going to talk about what can be done after the sun damage is done. Many years ago, I spent 6 weeks training with Tom Baker, Howard Gordon and Jim Stuzin in Miami. Continue reading…

Skin Care, sun damage

Fifty Shades of Sun Damage

February 24th, 2015 — 8:50pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon spends a week in Hawaii and returns with no tan lines! Last week I attended the annual meeting of the Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons on the Big Island of Hawaii.  And contrary to popular belief, I actually sat in a conference room for about 5 hours a day and actually learnedContinue reading…

Skin Cancer, Skin Care, sun damage

Add a Rash Guard to your summer wardrobe. Your skin will thank you for it.

June 9th, 2014 — 12:06pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon loves her rash guard.  She also hopes you also have one to love. I love this time of year in Seattle because the outdoor public swimming pools are open and the lakes are warm enough, barely, for a really quick dip.  And I loooove to swim, especially outdoors.  And I loooove my rash guardContinue reading…

General Health, Skin Care, sun damage, Wardrobe Observations

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

Do you or someone you love rock the Kojak look? Don’t forget a hat!

May 13th, 2014 — 9:09am

Seattle Plastic surgeon beseeches all young Kojaks to wear a hat this summer. We all owe a lot to Telly Savalas, a.k.a. Kojack.  He was man enough to embrace his male pattern baldness and opt for the clean shave rather than a nasty comb-over or a nastier toupee.  And that was way back in theContinue reading…

Skin Cancer, Skin Care, sun damage

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

Ban the Tan?

July 23rd, 2012 — 11:57am

  Pasty white Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares her view on tanning bed restrictions. What’s wrong with this picture??? My daughter is a competative Irish step dancer and if you don’t what that involves, you must rent the documentary “Jig”.  The Irish dancing subculture is an interesting mix of athletic, artisitic and beauty competition.   I haveContinue reading…

General Health, Government and Politics, Irish Step Dancing, Skin Cancer, Skin Care, sun damage


March 2nd, 2012 — 6:35pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon blogs about the lessons learned in the play, Pygmalion, now playing at Seattle’s Intiman Theater. Last night I soooo enjoyed attending Pygmalion at Seattle’s Intiman Theater.  There is something about live human beings on stage telling a story through words and action that just touch my soul so much more than film orContinue reading…

General Health, I Love Seattle!, Now That's Cool, Skin Care, sun damage

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