In her Texas Monthly article, Dr. Jennifer Walden rightly calls herself a rarity. She is one of only 851 board certified female cosmetic surgeons in the United States, of whom only serve as members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. On top of that, only a dozen of these surgeons live in Texas, where Dr. Walden grew up and currently lives. She is also, in her own words, “a liberal and a feminist,” whose career in cosmetic surgery is clearly influenced by both of these traits.
In the aforementioned article, Dr. Walden explains that it’s easier for women to discuss their issues with their bodies to her. They know she won’t judge them, and they know she understands exactly how they feel about their appearances. She rightly points out that women aren’t trying to “replicate the male ideal archetype” of an impossible standard–these women have their own desires for their bodies, and she can help them achieve that desire through her work.
Dr. Jennifer Walden also states in the article that, as a single mother of twins, she knows exactly how her female patients feel when they find themselves unhappy with their post-pregnancy bodies. She even says she’ll one day go under the knife herself for a touch-up after carrying her twins to full term. This rare empathy is what makes Dr. Walden not only proud of her job, but confidant in how it can improve women’s lives. Self-confidence is inextricably linked to appearance for many women, who are constantly bombarded with images about how their bodies should look. By performing liposuction, face-lifts, Botox, Juvéderm, or diastasis repair, Dr. Walden is not only improving the health of her patients, but their quality of life and their happiness.
Dr. Walden is listed as one of the Top 24 Beauty Surgeons in America by Harper’s Bazaar. She lived and worked in the Upper East Side of Manhattan for seven-and-a-half years, after completing her aesthetic surgery fellowship at Manhattan Ear, Eye, and Throat Hospital. She has also co-authored the textbook Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Walden currently lives and works in Austin, TX.
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