Dr. Craig Hobar was recently recognized by Big-hearted, for his work with LEAP Global Missions. Big-hearted is a blog dedicated to recognizing leaders in the community who have seen a need, and not just had a conversation about it, but actually did something about it. Big-hearted likes to find socially-conscious companies and nonprofits to interview in order to discover their motivations behind their work, how they got to where they are, the obstacles they run into, and what they have accomplished for the greater good of community.
The work that the LEAP foundation does is exactly the type of work that Big-hearted loves to find in the community, and it was an honor for Dr. Hobar to receive that recognition.
LEAP started 24 years ago in 1991 when Dr. Hobar and his wife recognized the overwhelming need for medical care in the Dominican Republic after their initial trip to the country. They had the realization that one trip would not suffice to meet the medical needs of the Dominican people. From here, the birth of LEAP Global Missions happened and since then has grown exponentially.
Doctors who have worked alongside Dr. Hobar have nothing but positive things to say to say about him. Dr. Grant Gilliland has known and worked with Dr. Hobar for 28 years and has also traveled on 17 mission trips with him.
“Grant would say Ephesians 4:2 – ‘Be completely humble and gentle, be patient, bearing one another in love’- would best describe Dr. Hobar. Dr. Grant Gilliland said, “For the last 5 years my family has witnessed the tremendous impact of hope, love, and new beginnings that these surgically teams have given to so many people. Dr. Hobar’s passion, has changed the lives of thousands of patients, but also the lives of hundreds of doctors, nurses, and volunteers that have served on the LEAP teams.”
LEAP now visits not only the Dominican Republic, but also several countries all over the world, including Belize, Haiti, India, and Zimbabwe. When visiting these countries, volunteer doctors and nurses perform elective surgeries that consist of cleft lip and palate and ocular plastics, among other surgical specialties. While in these countries, the teams seek to establish long-term relationships with the people of the community so that they are able to build trust, provide education, and continue to return and provide medical services for those who may need care long-term.
“Children with facial abnormalities like cleft palate are often shunned by their communities with no hope for a productive future. They have no access to quality medical care in their own countries and no resources to pay for the surgical procedures that are required to correct their deformities. LEAP provides free surgical services to restore their features and empower them to return to their communities as welcomed, participating members.”
Dr. Hobar has transformed, enriched, and enhanced lives through his programs, including the Landmark Program, Mission Program, and the International Disaster Relief Program. The services these programs provide, are ones that the people in these countries would never have access to due to lack of medical resources in their communities. It is a privilege for the LEAP foundation and Dr. Hobar to be noticed by different blogs and publications, like Big-hearted. It only continues to help grow the organization, and in turn, continues to help those who are less fortunate to have the medical care that we are provided in the United States.
To learn more about LEAP including how to get involved, how LEAP serves the community, and who LEAP truly is, please visit the LEAP website.
Springtime is here and many patients are beginning to think about the coming summer months and worrying about areas of their body that could be a little leaner or firmer. Liposuction is a surgery that many patients benefit from, but it is not for everyone. The ideal candidate has an area or pocket of fat that is out of proportion with their body. When your lifestyle includes regular exercise and following a healthy diet and you just cannot seem to reduce the size of your stomach, hips, thighs or any other isolated area, you are usually a good prospect for liposuction.
The goal of liposuction is to sculpt a particular area and reduce its size. This sounds simple, but it can be quite complex. It is very important to remove the right amount of fat – too much will tend to leave excess skin, too little will not cause enough of a difference, and it is important to blend the treated area into the surrounding areas.
For the right patient, one who is at a healthy weight and is not dealing with excess skin that is sometimes seen with changes such as pregnancy and dramatic weight loss, liposuction is a great procedure that can not only enhance your current figure, but cause enough change to motivate you to continue on the path of living a healthy life.
Learn more about Liposuction in Dallas, by Dr. Hobar.
Many of my patients find benefit from various products, commonly called “injectables” to create temporary and subtle changes to their appearance. Basically, these fall into two separate categories. The first is Botox. When used correctly, Botox works well to ease some of the wrinkles caused by facial muscles that we use hundreds of times a day. I am careful to use Botox in moderation so that the results are very natural and you still maintain your natural expressiveness. Depending on your individual needs, Botox needs to be done every three to six months for ideal results.
The other class of injectables fall into the category of “fillers”. Some examples of these include Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm. These products, while temporary, last many months and some as much as a year. They each have pretty specific uses that vary from person to person so rather than detail what each product can do, please review the list below which highlights some of benefits that fillers can provide.
- Improve appearance of “marionette” lines. These are the lines that run from the bottom of the nose and frame the mouth.
- Enhance the cheek areas
- Enhance your lip size
- Improve wrinkles that are too deep to be resolved with Botox alone
Patients frequently ask if they can “try on” breast implants to get a better feel for what different sizes will look like. After performing well over a thousand breast augmentation surgeries, I can assure you that the implants look and feel different once they are in the body. Inside the body, implants are affected by the pressure and support of the chest muscles as well as the other tissues – bone, fatty tissue and breast tissue that surround the implants. So while I encourage my patients to experiment with different implants during our consultation, keep in mind that for the majority of cases, it matters much more how the surgery is done than what type of implants are used. This is why it is my goal to ensure that we communicate well during your consult so that you can have a breast augmentation that enhances your figure.
Dr. Hobar is excited to announce the arrival of Zeltiq. This is a revolutionary new laser that provides conservative reduction of fatty tissue with no downtime. Each session takes about an hour and results are visible over the next month or two. The trunk of the body – the abdomen, back and love handle area – responds best to this treatment. And while your results will not be nearly as significant as liposuction surgery, it is a great alternative if you are unable to commit to surgery. Contact our skin care and laser clinic, EpiCentre Park Lane, for more information about this revolutionary new laser.