Jennifer Walden, MD, LCC is a Texas-based aesthetic plastic surgeon who is nationally known for her expertise, skills and advice. She is one of only a handful of female board-certified plastic surgeons who is formally trained in plastic surgery in Texas. She is founder of the fully accredited MedSpa Walden Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center, where she performs surgeries of the face, breast, nose, genitals the entire body as well as improvement of previous work done. Dr. Walden is unique in her surgery approach whereby she is cognizant of a patient’s culture, race, ethnicity, and genes.
Being one of few female surgeons in a field that is male dominated is unique. “My patients often tell me that they appreciate that I help them look like they themselves want to look. I listen to them in the process so that they’re a partner in the decision-making,” Dr. Walden said in a statement. She believes that this validates her patients and empowers them as well as her. Dr. Walden’s staff is composed of 16 women, each of which strives to provide a comfortable, supportive, non-judgmental environment and years of experience as they help patients obtain the looks they desire. Kristin Gunn, MedSpa’s practice manager, described the team as “strong women supporting strong women.” Dr. Walden adds in her statement that “It was particularly gratifying for me, as I have built my practice with an all-female team and my client base is mostly women. I love running a company built on the passion and can-do attitude of women helping other women look and feel their best.”
When asked about her inspirations in her career as well as personal life, Dr. Walden mentions that she finds much of herself in Sheryl Sandberg’s 2013 book, “Lean in: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.” In particular, she believes that women should not take “no” for an answer. She believes that “Women can, and should, have everything they want in life – personally and professionally. They deserve a rewarding career and a loving family.” She further elaborates that women should assume they can balance both a career and a family, that they ought to “lean in,” which will lead them into a position from which they are more comfortable asking for what they need and making the appropriate changes.
While Walden’s private life can certainly serve as a powerful example of a successful businesswoman who can run a practice while leading a unique and fulfilling family life, Dr. Walden’s path to motherhood was not easy. She is a single mother of twin boys, Houston and Rex, who were conceived through IVF after an extensive search for an anonymous donor as well as failed attempts at conception through intrauterine inseminations. “They are my life’s greatest blessing,” Dr. Walden comments on her boys.
Dr. Walden’s strong commitment to technology has helped her grow her practice. One of the services she offers is based on an industry-leading 3D imaging technology that enables patients to visualize their appearance after augmentation surgeries. She is also among the first to use both the diVa laser and ThermiVa radiofrequency for noninvasive vaginal rejuvenation and the SmartGraft device for single follicular unit hair transplantation. She is also the first plastic surgeon to rely on SculpSure for laser fat reduction.
Dr. Walden is both a spokesperson as well as a key opinion leader to prominent medical aesthetic companies including Sciton Inc, Cynosure, Lumenis, SmartGraft and Thermi Aesthetics. She often speaks at national conferences about laser techniques with face lifting, breast implant and fat grafting surgery, vaginal rejuvenation and social media in the aesthetic industry on a regular basis. She also serves as the Commissioner of Communications as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the most respected group of board-certified aesthetic plastic surgeons in the world. Dr. Walden also frequently appears in the media, and she is a regular in television network lifestyle segments.
Furthermore, Dr. Walden has several civic engagements. These include having been named runner-up for Austin’s Woman of the Year by the Austin Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a campaign that has raised funds for blood cancer research. She is also a member of the Guardian Angel Society that provides support to abused children served by Austin’s Center for Child Protection. Dr. Walden also supports the Junior League of Austin’s Food in Tummies program that provides weekend nourishment to elementary school children that qualify. She has helped bring awareness to female heart disease by serving on the local Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign in Austin. Dr. Walden also sponsors the Forest Trails Elementary School and the Eanes Education Foundation to help fund teachers.
Born and raised an Austin native, Walden chose to remain in her city of origin to be close to her family but also to take in all that the city has to offer. She particularly enjoys its supportive and diverse community, a climate that enables all kinds of businesses to thrive. According to her, “It is also great to live and work in Austin since the city has traditionally been supportive of female-owned business. It is growing by leaps and bounds with active (and aging) people in the workforce who want cosmetic services, so the practice is economically sound as well.”