Over 90% of cosmetic surgery patients are women, yet only about 10% of cosmetic surgeons are female. In that cosmetic surgery is all about transforming ones’ body, it would seem a female surgeon may have an intuitive advantage for female patients over her male counterparts. Meet Dr. Jennifer Walden, a plastic surgeon who cut her teeth in New York before opening her own practice in Austin, TX.
Born and raised in Austin, Dr. Walden received her degree in Biology at the University of Texas-Austin and earned her residency at the University of Texas-Galveston Medical Branch. Moving to New York for a fellowship in aesthetic surgery at the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, Dr. Walden spent over seven years honing her craft. The birth of twins in 2011 prompted Dr. Walden to set up a new practice in her hometown.
Focusing her practice solely on cosmetic surgery, Dr. Walden performs breast augmentations, face-lifts, nose jobs, liposuctions and Botox injections. Her experience with female patients is that most are not looking to be turned into models, but rather are looking to correct body issues that have arisen over the years. As a woman in her forties and mother of twins, Dr. Walden can empathize with these patients and more easily identify problem areas. In that cosmetic surgery generally runs in the $7,000 – $10,000 range, it is important that a cosmetic surgeon seeks to get the patients’ desired results while minimizing the procedures involved.
Dr. Walden has made it a consistent goal that she wants to help women. Self-confidence is important for any person to succeed and have a happy life, and ones’ appearance is a foundation of this. In taking this approach, Dr. Walden avoids unnecessary expectations and surgery for her patients. By focusing on self-improvement and not on society’s expectations of beauty, Dr. Walden has proven to be unique in her field.
As a member of the Board of Directors for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, her influence in the field of cosmetic surgery has grown. Dr. Walden is a regular expert commentator on local news outlets and has been featured in national channels ABC, FOX and E!. In 2014, Dr. Walden was ranked one of the top 24 Beauty Surgeons by Harper’s Bazaar magazine.