Born and reared in Austin, Texas, Jennifer Walden was salutatorian of her graduating class at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, Texas. She completed an Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. She then opened a successful medical practice in New York City. Dr. Walden later returned to her hometown of Austin and built a flourishing practice in cosmetic surgery. Although cosmetic surgery is dominated by male doctors, Dr. Walden is one of the over eight hundred female cosmetic surgeons in the United States. Of the more than eight thousand predominately male cosmetic surgeons in America, only one hundred fifty of the females are members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This is a professional organization comprised of board certified cosmetic surgeons. She has been a practicing cosmetic surgeon for over eight. Her practice extends to facial plastic surgery, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction of the stomach, legs and arms, and eyelid lift.
Dr. Walden attributes her success to the fact that she is a woman, as most cosmetic surgery patients are women who feel more comfortable talking to another woman. They tend to feel that male plastic surgeons have a stigma about women wanting to look like a barbie doll. Many women only want to repair damage left by child birth, breast feeding and extensive weight loss, although breast augmentation is an elective chosen only for cosmetic reasons. Seeing a female surgeon gives women the confidence from knowing that the doctor will not be judgmental. Dr. Walden had a little reluctance to opening a practice in Austin because it is a green city. She thought women would want to keep that natural appearance. But since day one, it has been profitable. Dr. Walden chose this field because she wanted to help women improve on themselves.