Female plastic surgeons aren’t completely unheard of in this day and age, but they are uncommon. That’s just one reason Dr. Jennifer Walden stands out among her peers, but it’s not the only reason. In addition to breaking the glass ceiling in this particular medical profession, Dr. Walden also stands out for her skill and passion.
Jennifer Walden Knows Why She’s Such a Curiosity
On the topic of becoming a plastic surgeon, Dr. Walden, who has been practicing for eight years and authored a book, discussed the reasons there are so few female plastic surgeons. In the U.S., there are over 8,100 board-certified plastic surgeons and, among that number, only 851 are female. Driving that number even lower, Dr. Walden revealed that only 180 of those 851 women are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Why such low numbers? Jennifer feels the time involved in becoming educated and trained scares off many women. The women who go into medicine are often the type who want it all: a career and a family with children. Committing to becoming a plastic surgeon means more years of school and training, which means putting off having children.
Being a Female Plastic Surgeon Has its Perks
As a woman and a plastic surgeon, Dr. Walden admits she has to keep proving her worth year after year, but she says so without any bitterness. That’s because many women prefer a female surgeon. Instead of pushing the male interpretation of female beauty, Jennifer is more open to what women want from cosmetic surgery. She says women aren’t trying to be perfect, but just want to correct sagging or stretch marks.
In addition to understanding the needs of her patients, Dr. Watson can sympathize more freely. A male surgeon may be perceived as being judgmental or critical of female patients, even when they don’t intend to do so. This is why women prefer talking to Jennifer Walden. She makes the women that come to her office feel comfortable and welcome. Later, Dr. Walden impresses them with her surgical skills.
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