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: Trauma

4th of July Buzzkill

July 3rd, 2018 — 4:00pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon and mother of two young adult men is a total buzzkill on the 4th of July. For most people, the 4th of July is a nice holiday filled with family, friends, good food and maybe some good fireworks.  But……..for the plastic surgeon on call for the emergency room, the 4th of JulyContinue reading…

Children, Hand Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Trauma

Lawn Mower Safety

July 18th, 2017 — 11:42am

Seattle Plastic Surgeon (and mother of three) Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder you about lawn mower safety. It was such a wonderful thing to get some yard work out of my offspring once that they were old enough to mow, rake, sweep, weed, water, trim, edge, poop scoop, etc.  As much as I loved the smellContinue reading…

Gardening, General Health, Trauma

Tatty – my favorite new word

July 10th, 2012 — 4:35pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon shares a fun word – “tatty”. I came upon a fun word last weekend while visiting my mother.  I was out for an early morning walk and stopped to check out the beautiful display gardens in Spokane’s wonderful Manito Park.   I was admiring a lovely stand of Cone Flowers and noted instructions onContinue reading…

Gardening, Now That's Cool, Trauma

Meet the Tooth Fairy’s cousin – the Scab Fairy

December 20th, 2011 — 6:09pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon tells the story of the Scab Fairy, a story that every parent needs to know. This is the Scab Fairy. She’ll leave you a little something if you put that scabby Band-aid under you pillow. Last week I had the opportunity to take care of a delightful little boy in the emergencyContinue reading…

Children, General Health, Now That's a Little Weird, Plastic Surgery, Postoperative Care, Trauma

Plastic Surgeons in the Emergency Room?

June 1st, 2011 — 11:42pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon is proud of fellow plastic surgeon, Dr. Ross Bunch Last month I attended the annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Boston. I was lucky to attend a special presentation by Dr. Ross Bunch of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on the emergency medical response to the carnage left by the EF-5 tornadoContinue reading…

Plastic Surgery, Trauma


January 3rd, 2011 — 9:54am

I spent New Year’s weekend with my family in a rustic ski hut. When we weren’t skiing or eating or sleeping (three of my very favorite activities) we worked a little on a gazillion piece communal puzzle. Finding that just right piece and having it fall into place is such a great feeling. It isContinue reading…

It's All About Me., Plastic Surgery, Trauma, Uncategorized

Man’s Best Friend???

September 27th, 2010 — 3:42pm

Seattle Plastic Surgeon Introduces Her New Puppy! Meet Stella. She’s 3/4 Australian Shepard and 1/4 Border Collie with a little bit of Snapping Turtle thrown in. Because of her breeding and puppy hood, she is very nippy. I’m taking her to obedience school and she is slowly learning to control her “snippy, snappy snarly snout”Continue reading…

General Health, Plastic Surgery, Trauma

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