Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS * †
Kasandra R. Dassoulas, MD
Megan J. Goff, PA-C
Rachel M. Duke, NP, CANS
Caitlin M. Roop, LME
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Richmond, VA 23233
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Austin's Journey

Richmond Aesthetic Surgery Featured on The Doctors

Over the past six months, our team has proudly discussed the details of our patient Austin—a young man who our surgeons performed extensive body contouring after weight loss pro bono. Today, we are excited to announce that our entire team was able to travel to Los Angeles for Austin’s final reveal on the medical-themed talk show “The Doctors,” which aired on November 11th.
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In the show’s segment, Austin shared that he had lost almost 170 pounds from diet and exercise, but he still suffered from nearly 10 pounds of excess skin covering his new body. To help the inspiring teenager, our board-certified plastic surgeons volunteered to perform his procedures free of charge. During the episode, Dr. Neil Zemmel, and Megan Goff, PA-C were featured to share the details of his procedures.

Austin underwent two skin removal surgeries. The first was a belt lipectomy, which involved the removal of skin from his lower abdomen around to his flanks and lower back (similar to a tummy tuck). The second surgery was an upper body lift that entailed skin removal and tightening from the chest, around his pectoral areas, and extending to the back area.

Dr. Zemmel described this surgical process as more than just cosmetic—it was a reconstruction to restore function to his body that had been covered with a significant amount of excess skin. Austin and his mother had nothing but rave reviews about their experience at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, and we are proud to have helped such an inspiring young man in his journey to be his healthiest self.
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In the words of Austin’s mother: “He’s there, after lots of hard work and thanks to the entire team at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery—that whole staff from beginning to end has been fabulous. We couldn’t have asked for a better surgeon team at all.”

To view Austin’s and our surgical team’s feature on “The Doctors,” feel free to watch the video below:

Dr. Zemmel Removes Extra Skin For Man After Weight Loss

Austin, a teenager from Virginia, appeared on a recent episode of “The Doctors” and told his major weight loss story. According to Austin, after trading sports for video games and fast food, he began to gain a significant amount of weight. This change led to bullying by his classmates, nicknames, and the feeling that his weight was becoming his whole identity. At his peak weight, he reached 324 pounds.

Fortunately, Austin found the inspiration to change his diet and begin a fitness and exercise routine, which caused him to lose half his body weight. The after-effects that many people may not realize, however, is that dramatic weight loss often leaves the person with a significant amount of excess skin, even after all of these lifestyle changes. To help achieve a more tightened and toned appearance, body contouring after major weight loss can be the final step to transforming the body and boosting self-confidence.

After all of his hard work, Austin still carried about ten pounds of excess skin, and the surgery to remove this skin is not covered by health insurance companies. Dr. Neil J. Zemmel was so impressed by Austin’s resolve to live a healthier lifestyle that he offered free body contouring for this special teen who was dedicated to improving his life. Dr. Zemmel will be documenting the surgery, allowing details about the process to be shared for Austin’s big reveal during his segment on the show!

If you are interested in learning how body contouring after weight loss could help you achieve your goals, please contact our office today.