Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Seattle, Washington 98104-3508 US
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"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...." "She was able to give sculpt me the body I always desired." "Dr. Sowder did a beautiful job on my breasts--she is truly an artist."

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5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Lift, then Breast Implant - Seattle, WA

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....

5 out of 5 stars Panniculectomy

Worth It in Every Respect - Seattle, WA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Thrilled with my Results! - Seattle, WA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Mommy Makeover

Worth It! - Seattle, WA

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!

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

I am athletic but the loose skin and excess belly - Best Decision Ever! - Seattle, WA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

I'm Still Me, Just a Happier Me - Seattle, WA

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!

5 out of 5 stars Prevelle

Prevelle Works

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.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

I'm so happy!

My experience with Dr. Sowder and her staff was absolutely wonderful. From first inquiry to follow ups I have received only top notch treatment. I really appreciate her forthrightness, which is backed up by decades of experience and education. I inquired about a second time breast reduction; she personally responded to my very first email inquiry, explaining the difficulty and possibilities....

5 out of 5 stars Nipple Surgery

Best Decision for my Inverted Nipples - Seattle, WA

Dr. Sowder was knowledgeable. She explained everything that she was going to do and why. She was very friendly, we talked throughout the procedure and before I know it, it was over. Her, and her staff, were very accommodating with all my questions prior to my trip to WA.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

38 Yrs Extended and fleur de lis TT and Muscle Repair

I had the most amazing experience so far. I would recommend her to anyone looking to have the same procedure as I did. Can't wait to see my final results! From the moment I met her I felt at ease with her overall great personality, experience and knowledge.

*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.

Personal Statement

"We restore and make whole those parts which nature or ill fortune have taken away, not so much to delight the eye but to buoy the spirit..." Gaspare Tagilicozzi, 1597. "Couldn't have said it better myself." Lisa Lynn Sowder

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

Memberships

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)

Consultation Fee

$100. I am fully aware that some physicians offer free consults. By charging for my time, I am able to provide a thorough and honest evaluation of your problem and if and what procedure(s) would likely be effective.

Awards & Recognition

Awards:
Best Paper, Senior Plastic Surgery Residents’ Conference, 1991
Golden Hands Award for the best cosmetic surgery case, Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2005
“The Dom”. a.k.a. best presentation, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2009
Professional Recognition:
Phi Beta Kappa- University of Washington, 1978
Alpha Omega Alpha – University of Washington School of Medicine, 1983
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Sowder has hospital affiliations at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle and Seattle Surgery Center, .

Education

  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate B.S. Biology, University of Washington, 1978
    Medical: MD, University of Washington, 1983
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residencies:
    General Surgery, University of Utah
    Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati
    Fellowship: Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Associates of Miami

Treatments offered at Lisa Lynn Sowder MD, FACS Plastic Surgery

Blog Posts and Articles

Our of town patients: it can be a real challenge for both patient and surgeon.

Last week I received a fat snail mail envelope from a young lady requesting a constitution for breast implant removal and replacement and breast lift. She had had previous surgery with implants too large for her build. She sent some pretty good photos of her current appearance but no photos of her pre implant self. She send voluminous dramatic handwritten prose about her experience and what she didn't like and why and how she would like the next implant experience to...

Scars 101

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...

The importance of maintaining a stable weight with breast and body contouring.

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...

So You Want to Look Natural. Really?

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...

Why Fat Transfer to the Breasts Takes Time and Patience.

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...

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Will Sleeping Upright Help my Breasts Drop?

I doubt is sleeping upright will help much. You may consider wearing a strap across the upper pole of your breast to provide some constant pressure to... READ MORE

Anchor Breast Lift Incision Separation. What To Expect After Debridement? (photo)

Repeat after me: "This too shall pass. This too shall heal." This problem of spitting stiches and wound separtion can happen after just... READ MORE

Can You Recommend a Good Scar Treatment/Cream for Post Op Breast Augmentation?

I have all my breast and body surgery patients tape their incisions for about 3 months, then do a scar check and if the scars are flat and white, the... READ MORE

Skinny Women Who Get Liposuction

The best candidates for liposuction are women who are on the thin side and have genetically and gender determined areas excess fat. Think of a long... READ MORE

I Read That Fat Cells Come Back After Liposuction and Tummy Tuck. Is Weight Loss Harder?

This is an FAQ. Here's my spiel: The stuff removed with TT and lipo is mostly fat. Find out the weight of the stuff removed from your... READ MORE

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck? (Photos)

You may be a good candidate for tummy tuck or even just liposuction. Here's how I would evaluate you: I would have you lie down on the exam table.... READ MORE

How Long Should Chin Strap Be Worn After Chin Liposuction?

My patients are instructed to wear a chin strap day and night for one week and then just at night if it provides them comfort. It's really... READ MORE

Will I Have Problems Again if Implants Put Back In? (photo)

I think the best predictor of implant problems is a history of implant problems and that would be you. I think a breast reshaping with a lift and... READ MORE

Why Do Some Doctors Say to Expect Feeling Depressed After a Full Face and Brow Lift?

There are some procedures that are very close to immediate gratification. Breast lift comes to mind but facelift does not. With facial surgery,... READ MORE

Breast Implants: Large Pocket vs. Small Pocket?

The size of pocket is based on the size of the implant, the type of the implant and the experience of the surgeon. Long term follow-up is so important... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Sowder

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Videos by Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD

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Picking a Breast Implant Size — The Doctor Explains Chest Measurements

Using a special guest star, Dr. Lisa L. Sowder demonstrates how she helps women pick the right size breast implant. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Implant Sizing: Remember To Think 10 Years Ahead

Dr. Lisa Sowder reminds patients to think down the road when considering breast augmentation. The decision you make today will affect more than just the fit of your clothing 10 years from now. WATCH VIDEO

Mommy Makeover Patient Advice: Give Yourself Time to Heal

The best advice Dr. Lisa Sowder can offer a consumer considering a Mommy Makeover? Give yourself time to relax and recover. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Implant Removal Post-Menopause

When women reach menopause, Dr. Lisa Sowder says they often come back in asking to remove their implants. WATCH VIDEO

Teenage Breast Augmentations Are a Judgement Call

When it comes to breast augmentations in teenagers, Dr. Lisa Sowder says she has performed surgery on a girl as young as 14, but it was a case of severe asymmetry. It comes down to a judgement call for parents and the doctor. WATCH VIDEO

Qualifications
Experience
Practicing for 26 year.
Personal Statement

"We restore and make whole those parts which nature or ill fortune have taken away, not so much to delight the eye but to buoy the spirit..." Gaspare Tagilicozzi, 1597. "Couldn't have said it better myself." Lisa Lynn Sowder

Board Certifications
Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Memberships
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Consultation Fee

$100. I am fully aware that some physicians offer free consults. By charging for my time, I am able to provide a thorough and honest evaluation of your problem and if and what procedure(s) would likely be effective.

Awards & Recognition
Awards:
Best Paper, Senior Plastic Surgery Residents’ Conference, 1991
Golden Hands Award for the best cosmetic surgery case, Washington Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2005
“The Dom”. a.k.a. best presentation, Northwest Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2009
Professional Recognition:
Phi Beta Kappa- University of Washington, 1978
Alpha Omega Alpha – University of Washington School of Medicine, 1983
RealSelf Top Doctor
Hospital Privileges
Dr. Sowder has hospital affiliations at Swedish Medical Center, Seattle and Seattle Surgery Center, .
Education
  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate B.S. Biology, University of Washington, 1978
    Medical: MD, University of Washington, 1983
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residencies:
    General Surgery, University of Utah
    Plastic Surgery, University of Cincinnati
    Fellowship: Cosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Associates of Miami

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5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Breast Lift, then Breast Implant - Seattle, WA

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....

5 out of 5 stars Panniculectomy

Worth It in Every Respect - Seattle, WA

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.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

Thrilled with my Results! - Seattle, WA

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.


Before and After Photos




Will Sleeping Upright Help my Breasts Drop?

I doubt is sleeping upright will help much. You may consider wearing a strap across the upper pole of your breast to provide some constant pressure to... READ MORE

Anchor Breast Lift Incision Separation. What To Expect After Debridement? (photo)

Repeat after me: "This too shall pass. This too shall heal." This problem of spitting stiches and wound separtion can happen after just... READ MORE

Can You Recommend a Good Scar Treatment/Cream for Post Op Breast Augmentation?

I have all my breast and body surgery patients tape their incisions for about 3 months, then do a scar check and if the scars are flat and white, the... READ MORE

Skinny Women Who Get Liposuction

The best candidates for liposuction are women who are on the thin side and have genetically and gender determined areas excess fat. Think of a long... READ MORE

I Read That Fat Cells Come Back After Liposuction and Tummy Tuck. Is Weight Loss Harder?

This is an FAQ. Here's my spiel: The stuff removed with TT and lipo is mostly fat. Find out the weight of the stuff removed from your... READ MORE

Am I a Candidate for Tummy Tuck? (Photos)

You may be a good candidate for tummy tuck or even just liposuction. Here's how I would evaluate you: I would have you lie down on the exam table.... READ MORE

How Long Should Chin Strap Be Worn After Chin Liposuction?

My patients are instructed to wear a chin strap day and night for one week and then just at night if it provides them comfort. It's really... READ MORE

Will I Have Problems Again if Implants Put Back In? (photo)

I think the best predictor of implant problems is a history of implant problems and that would be you. I think a breast reshaping with a lift and... READ MORE

Why Do Some Doctors Say to Expect Feeling Depressed After a Full Face and Brow Lift?

There are some procedures that are very close to immediate gratification. Breast lift comes to mind but facelift does not. With facial surgery,... READ MORE

Breast Implants: Large Pocket vs. Small Pocket?

The size of pocket is based on the size of the implant, the type of the implant and the experience of the surgeon. Long term follow-up is so important... READ MORE

Videos by Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD

Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD has shared 5 videos.

Narrow by:

Picking a Breast Implant Size — The Doctor Explains Chest Measurements

Using a special guest star, Dr. Lisa L. Sowder demonstrates how she helps women pick the right size breast implant. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Implant Sizing: Remember To Think 10 Years Ahead

Dr. Lisa Sowder reminds patients to think down the road when considering breast augmentation. The decision you make today will affect more than just the fit of your clothing 10 years from now. WATCH VIDEO

Mommy Makeover Patient Advice: Give Yourself Time to Heal

The best advice Dr. Lisa Sowder can offer a consumer considering a Mommy Makeover? Give yourself time to relax and recover. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Implant Removal Post-Menopause

When women reach menopause, Dr. Lisa Sowder says they often come back in asking to remove their implants. WATCH VIDEO

Teenage Breast Augmentations Are a Judgement Call

When it comes to breast augmentations in teenagers, Dr. Lisa Sowder says she has performed surgery on a girl as young as 14, but it was a case of severe asymmetry. It comes down to a judgement call for parents and the doctor. WATCH VIDEO

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