With a reputation as one of the top cosmetic plastic surgeons in Alberta, Dr. Paul Whidden is widely recognized for his particular expertise in the areas of breast augmentations, tummy tucks and rhinoplasties. He is a certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and is the co-owner of the Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery which is a fully licensed, private surgical centre where he performs cosmetic procedures for both men and women from Calgary and throughout Alberta.
Dr. Whidden earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1990 from the prestigious Queen's University of Ontario. He then went on to earn his medical degree in 1995, graduating with distinction from the University of Alberta where he subsequently completed his plastic surgery residency training. Following residency, Dr. Whidden furthered his training and education at the University of British Columbia where he received advanced fellowship training in the areas of breast surgery, microvascular surgery, and hand surgery in 2001.
A second-generation plastic surgeon, Dr. Whidden then returned to his hometown of Calgary where he worked alongside his father, Dr. Peter Whidden, for the next 10 years before co-founding Macleod Trail Plastic Surgery.
Professional Memberships & Appointments
Dr. Whidden's memberships and appointments include:
- Member of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
- Member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
- Member of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member of the Alberta Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Member of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Clinical Professor for the University of Calgary
- Allergan Plastic Surgery Advisor
- Breast Consultant for Allergan Canada
A Brief Q&A With Dr. Whidden
What made you decide to go into plastic surgery:My father, Dr. Peter Whidden was a plastic surgeon and for as long as I can remember I wanted to follow in his footsteps. I was always interested in his cases and he would sometimes take me to the hospital to do rounds with him. I never felt pressured to become a surgeon, I just never questioned that I would want to be anything else. I suppose it’s in my blood.
What do you enjoy about plastic surgery?Of all the surgical specialties, plastic surgery is the most creative. I enjoy the challenge of restoring function while at the same time giving the most aesthetically pleasing result possible. It is intricate and detailed work that requires both a scientific and artistic approach.
What is the procedure you enjoy performing the most?I started my career off as most plastic surgeons, performing reconstructive surgery. As my career evolved, it was clear that my natural skill set was in cosmetic surgery. I am particularly recognized for my expertise in breast augmentation surgery and have subsequently performed thousands of these operations. I enjoy the scientific approach to sizing and working with women to find an aesthetic that makes them feel beautiful and matches their expectations.
What is the most significant change you've seen in the aesthetics field during your career?Breast implant devices have probably changed the most significantly. There were very few options when I first started out. I now have many more options that I can customize to my patient's unique needs. The devices themselves are much more natural looking and feeling as well.
What other career would you be doing if you weren’t a plastic surgeon?I would probably be an architect. I love the process of designing something from scratch and watching it materialize. I have been in the process of building or renovating properties for as long as I’ve been a surgeon. Much like plastic surgery, it’s a blending of both artistic vision and scientific precision.
Tell us a bit about your family.I am a proud dad of two terrific kids and I’ve been happily married to my wife since 2002. We have the unique opportunity of working together as she is a trainer in the building so we get to catch up between clients throughout the day, which is really nice.
What are you doing when you're not in consultations or surgery?I am a firm believer in staying fit, healthy and active. Whenever possible, I am outdoors mountain biking, skiing, backcountry camping or hiking. We spend a lot of time together as a family and love to do these activities together when possible. Our family cabin is also a very special place for us and we like to spend as much time as possible there during the summer months.