Dr. Walden is a plastic surgeon and author who has spent years working in both New York City and Austin, Texas. Dr. Walden attended the University of Texas were she graduated as a salutatorian. She then went onto attend a fellowship program at the Manhattan Ear, Nose, and Throat hospital. Dr. Walden worked for eight years in New York City as a plastic surgeon before moving back to Austin, Texas to live in her hometown.
Dr. Walden distinguishes herself by being a female plastic surgeon in a field that is male dominated. Plastic surgeons are only about ten percent female with there being only 851 board certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Dr. Walden credits this disparity to the amount of time required to become a plastic surgeon. A plastic surgeon has to attend five years of training following medical school. This can require a surgeon to put off having children. In addition, the culture of surgery is geared towards men. Dr. Walden believes that female plastic surgeons are needed in this role as ninety-one percent of all plastic surgeries are performed on women.
Dr. Jenifer Walden explores this topic more in her book “Aesthetic Plastic Surgery”. One major advantage of having female plastic surgeons is that most female patients are not trying to achieve male-centered ideas of beauty. Most female plastic surgery patients want to correct small imperfections, sagging, or the effects of aging. Dr. Walden was surprised by this issue when she moved back to her hometown to raise her sons as a single parent. She was quickly swarmed by a class of customers who wanted to work with a female surgeon to correct small issues rather than major breast augmentations or nose jobs. Dr. Walden hopes this experience will encourage a new trend in plastic surgery.