Raised in Austin, Texas, plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Walden recently returned to her hometown after years of living and practicing her trade in Manhattan. After giving birth to twin boys, Walden wanted to raise them in Texas.
Because there is such a demand for plastic surgeons in Manhattan, Walden was a bit wary of setting up shop in Austin. However, she discovered that plenty of people in Austin, especially women, wanted cosmetic surgery. Walden performs breast augmentation, rhinoplasties, face-lifts and many other procedures.
Walden has a long history of success in her field. At the University of Texas, Galveston, she was the salutatorian of her class, and she went on to do a surgery fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Subsequently, she set up her own thriving practice.
Walden is often asked why there are so few female cosmetic surgeons. She explains that this is in part because becoming a cosmetic surgeon requires years of residencies and advanced training sessions, and many young women do not wish to put off having children to complete them.
Despite the shortage of women in the field, however, she feels that her gender is an advantage when it comes to being a cosmetic surgeon because the majority of patients who choose to have cosmetic surgery done are female and are often more comfortable discussing their bodies with a female doctor.
Furthermore, as a woman herself who has experienced what childbirth does to the female body, Walden can emphasize with her patients. Walden believes that many male cosmetic surgeons believe that women are looking for “barbie doll” type of idealized appearance when they turn to cosmetic surgery when the reality is that most simply want to restore the appearance of areas of their bodies that are showing the effects of childbirth or aging.