Dr. Jennifer Walden knows she is a rarity. She is a Texas-based plastic surgeon and a woman. In 2016, there were roughly 8,100 board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. Of that number, only 851 were women. Walden likes her role, however. The statistics indicate that 92% of plastic surgery patients are women, which means Walden can identify and empathize with a lot of them. She is also proud of the fact that her staff consists of 16 women. “I have built my practice with an all-female team and my client base is mostly women,” she says.
Balancing work and family life can be a challenge for most women and Dr. Walden is no exception. She is a single mother raising twin boys, and she is fully aware that running a plastic surgery business and being a single parent is fraught with complications. To make things work, simplicity has become her goal.As a cosmetic plastic surgeon, she sets herself apart from other plastic surgeons with unique services. With 3D imaging technology, patients get to visualize what they would look like after augmentation surgeries. She uses SculpSure for laser fat reduction, the SmartGraft device for hair transplants, and the ThermiVa radiofrequency along with the diVa laser for vaginal rejuvenation.
Aside from the demands of plastic surgery, social engagements are high on her list. Dr. Walden serves on Austin’s Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign, she is a member of the Guardian Angel Society which helps and supports abused children, she supports the Junior League of Austin’s Food in Tummies program that provides food to elementary school children, and she helps fund teachers by sponsoring the Forest Trails Elementary School and the Eanes Education Foundation.Dr. Jennifer Walden was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She graduated with a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Austin. She later received her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Her residency in Integrated Plastic Surgery was completed there, too. In 2003, she was awarded an aesthetic surgery fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital.