About Lisa L. Sowder, MD
Lisa L. Sowder, MD practices in Seattle at Lisa Lynn Sowder MD, FACS Plastic Surgery as a Plastic Surgeon, board certified by American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Sowder was invited to join RealSelf in 2010, and has achieved "Distinguished Member" status. The doctor has 22 years of experience providing cosmetic and aesthetic medical services, and is a member of American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Sowder has hospital affiliations at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle and Seattle Surgery Center, Seattle.
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Posted by Deborah/amazed
Where do I begin??? Dr. S from the first phone call with her staff to meeting her and now on my own with absolutely perfect and beautiful results, what could be better! Professionally, I had interviewed Dr.s since I was about 37 yrs old. I actively started again at 55. I almost hesitated with Dr. S, because I kept reading conversative conservative and I worried what that might mean. I didn't want to look like something freaky either. First and foremost I wanted what I had before children. I just wanted it tucked and lifted and filled, if needed. Let me tell you, Dr. S is sensitive and very skilled. I tried different ways of asking her different questions to see if she would be able to give me what I wanted. She wouldn't do what she knew wouldn't work. But she found a way to give me more than I ever expected and beyond. I look amazing. 57 years old and in many ways I feel more beautiful than I ever did at 18 or 21. This is a Dr. I trust. She is personable and professional. She has walked me through this amazing experience and it has been well worth whatever my part was in it, physically, emotionally, and financially. I love to be active and she will tell you, that is important to our success. Get going and get it done, whatever your dream....
Posted by danl
Besides being a highly skilled surgeon, Dr. S is a very warm, caring person. I would recommend her to anyone - especially other men, like me.
Posted by jenn766
Dr. S is awesome! She did a tummy tuck on me a couple of years and I am thrilled with the results. I had two other surgeons to choose from but I chose Dr. S and I am so glad I did. I also go to her for fillers. The results are so natural. I wouldn't go to anyone else. She is the best!! Thanks Dr. S.
Posted by Silverdale5641
Dr. S came highly recommended by a my personal physician. I consulted with two surgeons prior to meeting Dr. S and felt immediately comfortable and confident with her. I knew I wanted her to preform my surgeries and was pleasantly surprised when her price came in thousands lower than the other doctors! I knew exactly what to expect during recovery and my results are fantastic! I would absolutely recommend Dr. S as well as recommend "mommy make-overs" after multiple childbirths!
Posted by Southworth9674
Dr. Sowder made me feel extremely comfortable with my desire to have a tummy tuck. She is professional, frank, and gives realistic expectations of the post surgical outcome. I have followed her pre & post operative directions to the letter and my experience has been exceptional! I am thrilled with my results thus far. The office staff is terrific too. They are professional, patient with questions, and always on time.
Posted by Seattle7574
I visited over 20 doctors over the past 5 years and most would say, "go bigger". That always rubbed me the wrong way. I was an A cup but I also have a small frame and love to be active, so it was important to still feel like "me" after the procedure. Dr. S understood that, even before I said anything. Above all, she strives for a natural look, and I really appreciated her approach. She was considerate, supportive, knowledgable and bottom line - VERY GOOD AT WHAT SHE DOES. I couldn't recommend her more highly. I only wish it hadn't taken me so long to decide to do it!
Posted by sds8507
I love Dr. Sowder. She will not do a procedure unless she feels comfortable doing it. I asked her for about a year to try and fill in the lines around my eyes and she said she did not feel comfortable with any of the fillers currently out on the market. When I saw her after Christmas she told me about Prevelle. She is very knowledgeable and always takes her time with me. I highly recommend her.
Posted by CLJ1
As explained above, Dr. Sowder is professional, thorough, accessible, and honest.
Posted by Nancy F.
Her patience in understanding and explaining was very appreciated by this newbie. I don't think I'll ever need her again, but if I did need a procedure for any reason, I would definitely go to her again.
Posted by msjeng
Dr. Sowder is THE BEST! She's an amazing surgeon and her attention to detail is exactly what you want when it comes to cosmetic surgery. She's a perfectionist....an artist. Her follow up appointments were great, she really took the time to make sure I was healing exactly as I should be. Top rate doctor, top rate service and care. Thank you Dr. Sowder!
Posted by VeryHappy1
I felt comfortable choosing Dr. Sowder because she specializes in correcting the condition I had, tuberous breasts. Due to the difficulty in correcting tuberous breasts, I did not expect perfection. However, Dr Sowder exceeded my expectations and I am very pleased with my new breasts. As previous reviewer said, she is an artist. She was able to give sculpt me the body I always desired.
Posted by nwelf
Dr. Lisa Sowder is the ideal plastic surgeon: highly skilled, straightforward, genuinely compassionate, and innovative. She was interested in finding a "custom-fit" approach for a case like mine, which was not typical. She also is one of a small number of surgeons that do fat grafting to the breasts, which is the procedure most ideal for my situation, since I don't want new implants. I'm fortunate that I live in proximity to Seattle, where Dr. Sowder is located. Overall, my experience with Dr. Sowder could not have been better! I'm looking forward to having the fat-graft procedure with her next year. I would recommend her to anyone considering breast implant removal, or any other procedure she offers.
Posted by Exdancer
10 years ago at 40, Dr. Sowder carved down my love handles. Now at 50, it was time for a little tuneup. We settled on a set of procedures that would be subtle, but make me look more refreshed. We also agreed to address the gyno I had had since adolescence, and which had always bothered me. She talked me out of a few other things, saying that they weren't needed and wouldn't look balanced. Dr. Sowder's team is a hoot to work with, friendly, upbeat, and positive. On the day of surgery, things went extremely well, even with the amount of things we tackled all at once. I'm about 18 months post surgery and cannot be more thrilled with the results. No one can tell I've had work done, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I look refreshed, rested, and the little tweaks we made really gave my middle aged self confidence a boost. I especially like the gyno results - that's a tricky procedure, and can leave you with "caved in nipples" if not done right - Dr. Sowder nailed it. I should have done that 20 years ago!
Posted by reneeangela
Real Self I began my journey by researching ad nauseum the procedures and local surgeons. I selected 3 surgeons to interview and Dr. Sowder blew the other 2 out of the water. Dr. Sowder is the consumate professional, and she had the ability to put me at ease immediately. She has an amazing portfolio of before and after photos of explanted / lifted breasts. I left her office feeling fairly confident that she was the one. I scheduled my pre-op with her office the following week. I am so grateful for Dr. Sowder's expertise and kindness.
Posted by Laura76992
Realself - I found the names of three doctors in my area who do fat transfers to breasts, and had consultations with them all. The first dr. said I didn't have enough fat (ha! Look at those before pictures!) but he didn't look at my lower body - I was wearing jeans. The second dr. gave me an estimate for fat transfer and augmentation, as well as the third dr. I went with Dr. Sowder because I thought her fat transfer results looked better. Now, 3 months later, I really love Dr. Sowder's technique - my breasts look great - the cleavage and upper pole fullness are nice. I love her bedside manner, as well. She's friendly and spends enough time during appointments that you don't feel rushed.
Posted by greeneyes048
I have gone to Dr. Lisa several times over the last several years. I highly recommend Dr. Lisa for any cosmetic surgery. She listens to your concerns and you become a "team" with her! Her staff is wonderful too.
Posted by Marian in SE WA
Initially I chose Dr. Sowder because she is a woman and would understand my womanly concerns, she is an artist [really truly--she paints!--and she sews!] and would more likely share my vision and be able to craft the look I want, and she is within reasonable driving distance. In every category of care, Dr. Sowder is excellent. I was pleased with the process, now am pleased with the result. Dr. Sowder did a beautiful job on my breasts--she is truly an artist. As an artist myself, I wanted not just to make art, but to *be* art...not have to cringe when I look at the mirror. I wanted not to be voluptuous, but a "shapely small" and Dr. Sowder achieved the look I asked for. I'm so pleased! My only regret would be that I didn't do it sooner.
Needed to Find a Meticulous Plastic Surgeon Who Actually Cares and Empathizes with Her Implanted Patients - Seattle, WA
Posted by mrngdv
I looked for someone who actually addressed explant as an important qualification
Posted by mountsenai
Posted by muchhappiernow
Dr. Lisa Sowder has the perfect blend of professionalism, competence and caring that one finds only in the very best doctors. I can't imagine making a different choice or being any happier with the experience and outcome of my procedure. If I had any criticism at all, it would only be that the pain after the procedure was more than I anticipated, but it may very possibly be the case that I didn't fully absorb information about augmentation recovery that I was given, due to instantly being so comfortable with Dr. Sowder and immediately feeling ready to complete the procedure upon having my consultation with her. That said, I would absolutely choose Dr. Sowder again and again, and I'm sure my recovery is exactly what it should have been, and while harder the first few days that what I'd expected, ABSOLUTELY worth it!! :)
Posted by lesleybh
Very professional team, and never felt embarrassed about having plastic surgery
Posted by Cfromtacoma
After two children and some weight gain my breast's were super large and heavy. I could never loose the weight I gained there. Plus I was tired of my nipples pointing down and almost to my belly button (yikes) From my first appointment I felt super comfortable with Dr. S. She was nothing but helpful, supportive and had all the right answers. Her staff was also just as friendly and helpful. I had been to two other offices and felt nothing like this. I knew even though I would drive from Tacoma it was worth it. A+++Pre to post same wonderful care and service! Now I feel and look so much better.
Posted by Happy53
I really liked my doctor because she was easy to talk to,but very professional also. So therefore I felt perfectly comfortable with her. Also I had researched her work and her patients were all satisfied and looked very good. I also am very pleased with the surgery, the care, and the results.
Posted by Boeboe
Posted by pharmarep
Dr. S is knowledgeale, caring and an exdcellent communicator. She is a GREAT surgeon. I felt completely at ease in her care. Everything went exactly as she described - amazing. I am thrilld with the results of my breast lift! Thank You Dr. S! My experience from start to finish has been fantastic. Dr. S is an excellent surgeon who is so kind and helpful. She explainedeverything to me and the whole process was smooth - start to finish! Also, the office staff are all so helpful. If you need to have work done GO to Dr.S - you'll be glad you did!
Treatments offered at Lisa Lynn Sowder MD, FACS Plastic Surgery
Blog Posts and Articles
Scars 101- read this before you email me about removing your scar. It is a common misperception that scars can be removed. They cannot. Scars can only be revised and scar revision only makes sense if it is likely that the revised scar will look better than the scar it replaces. A "good" scar that resulted from a well repaired surgical incision and healed without complications probably won't look much different after a revision. "Bad" scars, however, may benefit...
I often see patients requesting breast or body contouring who are either going up or down on the scale. Operating on someone with an unstable weight is sort of like trying to hit a moving target. Should I use larger implants if she's going to lose weight or smaller ones if she's going to gain weight? Should I liposuction a little more or a little less? When I operate, I want my patient to be at a healthy and...
Seattle Plastic Surgeon riffs on the "natural look". This is a really, really natural look (except for the tats). I practice in Seattle and many if not most of my patients come in saying they want a "natural look". Simply by making an appointment with a plastic surgeon tells me that their idea of a natural look and my idea of a natural look may differ a bit. I try very, very hard to understand exactly what my patients mean by "looking...
Fat transfer to the breast by Seattle Plastic Surgeon takes time and patience. Fat transfer to the breast doesn't seem like it would be a time consuming procedure but it is if done properly. Here is what's important and why fat transfer takes time and patience: The fat must be harvested very gently at a low vacuum. This is a much slower process than regular liposuction. The fat is often harvested from the posterior hip and buttock and lateral thigh area with the patient...
Education / Training
Medical: University of Washington
General Surgery, University of Utah
Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati
Fellowship: Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Associates of Miami