Dr. Jennifer Walden was brought up in Texas, where both of her parents were in the medical professions. She was told from a young age that she had “surgeon’s hands,” and she was always intrigued and moved by surgery “as an art,” she says. She soon went on to study biology in college and attend medical school in Galveston, Texas.
After earning the coveted honor of salutatorian at her medical school graduation, she had the chance to move to Manhattan, to become associate to Dr. Sherrell Aston, a famous plastic surgeon, and someone she would end up learning a lot from. She lived on New York’s Upper East Side for eight years, but eventually, her heart wanted home again.
She had chosen to become a single mother to twin sons, and she wanted them to be closer to her family in Texas. So, she packed up the boys, moved back to Austin, and hasn’t looked back. She has a thriving clinic in Austin, and a handful of satellite clinics in the area, also.
Dr. Walden says that she wants to help her patients become more realistic about their goals with surgery, and she can do this with plastic surgery techniques that are both innovative and occasionally non-invasive. She has pioneered her field by inventing surgical instruments for breast surgery, and she was among the first to use non-invasive procedures for vaginal rejuvenation.
She sees that plastic surgery is often needed, and it can change the relationship one has to one’s body. As an advocate of making patients feel better about themselves, she helps the best way she can, and she’s making waves in Austin. We know she’ll be in the spotlight for years—decades, even—to come.
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