We’ve interviewed some of our favorite top medical experts and moms on RealSelf to get their beauty and life advice — and celebrate all they do. Happy Mother’s Day!
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a plastic surgeon with a practice in Austin, Texas. In addition to her surgical practice, she has two medical spas — one opening this summer — for non-surgical procedures, and she is often cited as a cosmetic and elective treatment expert in the press.
A busy mom of 7-year-old twin boys, Dr. Walden took time to tell us about her typical day, and why coffee, Botox and a good blow dry are essential to looking and feeling great.
What is your biggest challenge getting out the door in the a.m. beauty-wise?
I never have the time to blow dry or style my hair fully. This works out well since heating it like that every day can damage it more than it already is with highlights.
I have a routine I follow. Surgeons are very routine-oriented to the point of being ritualistic. I go in my office backdoor in the morning, look at the chart and photos for the patient I will be performing surgery on that morning, and then blow dry my hair briefly in my office bathroom. Then it’s time to mark the patient and go to the operating room.
My OR staff knows something is up if they don’t hear the blow dryer going right before surgery.
What does your skincare routine include?
What else do you do to take care of you and stay healthy?
I go to bed when my sons do most every night and keep their sleep schedule for the most part. I have been doing this since they were born since twins need to maintain the same schedule so that we are not up at all hours with one or the other. A good night’s rest is key! Very rarely do I socially have a glass of wine, and I never, ever smoke.
What are the three biggest concerns most moms who visit you have?
Moms, as well as most aging woman, are concerned with the fine lines and wrinkles that seem to appear overnight! There are many options for fines lines and wrinkles. Whether it is Botox or fillers for deeper rhytides [wrinkles or folds of skin], or with a laser resurfacing treatment for etched-in lines and creases.
And, of course, most moms want to have their “pre-baby body” back. Some moms want a simple, non-invasive body contouring procedure, while others want a more permanent result with surgery like abdominoplasty [tummy tuck]. BodyTite and FaceTite are minimally invasive, radiofrequency-assisted liposuction and skin-tightening procedures that are a nice go-between for patients who want more permanent results than the noninvasive modalities can offer, yet don’t want to go under the knife and have the associated downtime.
What’s your favorite OTC product for busy moms?
Coffee! No seriously, it’s the Olay Regenerist Micro-Exfoliating Wet Cleansing Cloths. I take them everywhere!
What’s your favorite quick in-office treatment for busy moms?
There are many different treatments for our varying needs. If I have a little time I will get a HydraFacial and dermaplaning on my face, or ThermiSmooth procedure to tighten the skin of the lower face and neck. Microneedling is amazing as well with minimal, if any, downtime.
What in-office treatments do you get yourself? What do you love?
I’ve had a little of nearly everything in my medical spa. I joke with my staff that I am like a kid in a candy store! I like to get the treatments done to share my experience and results with my patients, as they often ask if I have had something done myself.
See above, plus Botox every three to four months, and Vollure lip filler every eight months to a year.
What’s the best beauty advice your mom shared with you?
Moisturize and sunblock! No matter how tired I am, I always get up to wash my face and moisturize.
What makes moms beautiful?
Our kiddos! Even though we as moms run off of very little sleep and loads of coffee, at the end of the day our kids are what make us happy and keep us fit and young, in my opinion.
We as moms do indeed have to make a choice to maintain ourselves, and it gets harder with more boxes to check off as the years go by! But with the medspa procedures and products we now have at our fingertips, this is quite possible. I have friends and acquaintances who have commented recently that I am aging in reverse, and that’s a testament to my talented aestheticians … and Botox!
Dr. Jennifer Walden is a plastic surgeon in Austin, Texas.