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

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Placebo: It’s not just pills.

January 27th, 2023 — 2:24pm

Everyone has heard of the placebo effect with medication but surgery can also involve a placebo effect.  Here is an article from several years ago about sham surgery.  I was reminded of this article recently while listening to the Hidden Brain podcast.  Take a read.  It is very interesting!  THE NEW HEALTH CARE The PlaceboContinue reading…


Lessons Learned (and Confirmed) on my Rim to Rim Grand Canyon Backpacking Adventure

November 21st, 2021 — 5:55pm

I am still basking in the afterglow of last month’s Grand Canyon adventure.  Early in the pandemic, I came across an article on backpacking in Grand Canyon in one of the travel magazines my husband, Nick O’Connell, occasionally writes for. This article planted a little seed, or maybe a wild hair, in my head toContinue reading…


Meet Dr. Hakim Said!

May 23rd, 2021 — 8:58am

My last day of surgery was last Friday (5/21/21) and my very last day of practice is June 1st.  My 30 years of private practice have been a pleasure and a privilege.  I thank all of my wonderful patients and my wonderful staff for a great run. I am very pleased that Dr. Hakim SaidContinue reading…


To everything there is a season………………………

December 1st, 2020 — 10:46am

It is with mixed feelings I am announcing my retirement this June, after 30 years of practice.  I know it’s cliche to say that time as flown but it really, really has.  Plastic surgery has offered me everything in a career that I could have asked for.  It allowed a biology geek like me toContinue reading…


Returning to Elective Surgery in the New World Order of COVID-19.

May 11th, 2020 — 12:41pm

 Washington State is starting to open up following our stay-at-home order.  I am really looking forward to getting back to what I love – taking care of patients.  We have worked very hard along with our national societies and governmental agencies to put in place procedures to keep ourpatients and ourselves as safe as possible.  IContinue reading…


A must read article about COVID-19

March 19th, 2020 — 1:52pm

Please read this article for some excellent information of COVID-19.   My office and ambulatory surgery center is shutting down for at least a month.  We will have a skeleton staff answering the phone and I will be available in person for only those who really need a face to face with me.  I am 63Continue reading…


Can Surgery Be A Placebo?????

February 21st, 2020 — 11:45am

A few weeks ago I listened to an excellent Hidden Brain Podcast about placebos and not just the sugar pill kind of placebo.  This podcast recounted an amazing clinical trial done way back in 2002 which put the very common procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery for osteoarthritis to the test.  I will summarize that studyContinue reading…


Some suggestions for New Year’s Resolutions

December 31st, 2019 — 12:30pm

  I cannot improve on this list of Woody Guthrie’s. Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! And I would be honored if you followed me on Instagram @sowdermd and @breastimplantsanity. Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder


Opioid Free Surgery

May 20th, 2019 — 9:08am

I am very pleased to introduce our new opioid free surgery protocol.  This has been in the works for several months and we launched it 3 weeks ago with very good feedback from our patients.  Here’s just about everything you need to know. Why?    The use and abuse of opioids cause a lot ofContinue reading…


Capsular Contracture 102: Treatment

April 19th, 2018 — 3:59pm

My last blog discussed the difficult and frustrating problem of capsular contracture of breast implants.  As with just about every problem known to mankind, prevention is the best approach. But despite doing everything correctly pre-operatively, intra-operatively and post-operatively, a small number of patients will experience capsular contracture. First a little history:  Way back when theContinue reading…

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