The stereotypical image of a woman seeking cosmetic surgery is that they are trying to conform to the culturally reinforced image of a Barbie-doll. According to one of the few women members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery that simply is not the case. Dr. Jennifer Walden was quoted in a recent interview that many of the women she sees in her practice come in to correct some asymmetry in their bodies, or to repair some damage caused by childbirth like sagging breasts or stretched abdominal muscles.
Dr. Walden is a native of Austin, Texas where she currently resides and holds her practice. She was an all-state soccer player in her high school years at Anderson High School. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Biology. After receiving her medical degree and completing her residency from University of Texas Medical Branch, she moved to New York to join the practice at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital in a fellowship under her mentor Dr. Sherrell Aston. Once her fellowship was over, Walden stayed with the practice for another seven and a half years before deciding to return to Austin so her children could grow up around family.
Dr. Walden had some initial reservations about relocating to Austin. At that time, there were no cosmetic surgeons in the area, the closest being in Dallas or Houston. However, her practice has flourished and she was named as one of the best 24 plastic surgeons in the United States by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. Of the 8,100 board certified cosmetic surgeons in the country, only 851 or women. When discussing why she was drawn to plastic surgery, Walden said that she felt her practice helped to empower women and help them become more confident about themselves.
Her frequent talks on mommy makeovers, new surgical techniques, plastic surgery for celebrities, teenagers, and others have put Dr. Walden in the media spotlight. She is a frequent guest on several morning news shows and cable serials. Articles about Dr. Walden have appeared in Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Self, Shape, Absolute Magazine, Bridal Guide, Health, New York Magazine, and Texas Monthly. In addition to her surgical practice, Dr. Walden has authored several peer-reviewed research papers and co-authored the 2010 textbook Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Walden is a single mother of twin boys, Houston and Rex. In her spare time she does pro-bono and charity work for a number of local organizations and travels on medical mission trips.