Dr. Jennifer Walden: Liberal, Feminist Plastic Surgeon?

A Liberal feminist female plastic surgeon in Texas’s green city of Austin? If she sounds like a unicorn it’s because she is. Jennifer Walden is a rarity among her peers. She is one of only 851 female board certified plastic surgeons. Many people consider plastic surgery to be an anti-feminist endeavour but Walden, who took women’s classes in college, disagrees. “I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I thought that I wasn’t helping people,” she tells Texas Monthly. She feels that because she is a woman she is able to be sympathetic to her clients in a way that male doctors can’t. She’s passionate about what she does and believes that she is successful in part because many women would rather talk about their body with another woman. Jennifer speaks a lot about women’s bodies and pregnancies saying that she’s not interested in conforming them to a patriarchal fantasy. She wants to make women feel comfortable in their own skin again. She’s a woman who knows from which she speaks. Jennifer is unashamed to admit that she has had some botox and one day might undergo diastasis, a procedure which tightens the abdominal wall stretched during pregnancy.

Jennifer is articulate, and engaging and understands the uniqueness of whom she is juxtaposed to her line of work. Not only is she a minority in her field which she likens to “being a woman on wall street”, but in her city also. When she moved her practice from Manhattan to Austin to be closer to family, she worried her expertise might not be appreciated in such a “green” city. She was pleasantly surprised to find the women of Austin were more receptive than she’d thought.

Walden is a single mother, and the act of balancing a career and children is something she knows personally. It’s this situation that she thinks is one of the reason there are so few women in the field of cosmetic surgery. She admits the seven or so years of schooling required means many women will be forced to delay having children. Jennifer Walden is a professional woman who brings a strong female presence to a male dominated industry. She’s adding to the conversation about what it means to be a woman in the 21st century.

Dr. Jennifer Walden’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PlasticSurgeryNYC/