About Our Tummy Tuck Surgeon and Team

Whether you are interested in body contouring or a different type of surgery, our team at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery is here to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Our highly sought-after plastic surgeon, Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, along with our knowledgeable physician assistants, strives to provide the highest quality of care throughout your plastic surgery journey.

From the moment you enter our practice to your post-operative follow-up visits, you will be cared for by a team of friendly, experienced professionals—all of whom are committed to your safety, satisfaction, and overall wellbeing. To learn about our team’s background and credentials, please read their details below. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule your consultation with our team, please feel free to give us a call!

Dr. Zemmel and staff were so welcoming and helpful from the time I first walked in the door. They listened to me and understood exactly what I wanted and answered all my questions (without making me feel dumb for asking!) Great throughout the entire process. I never had to wait and they made me feel like I was their only patient. I would recommend Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to anyone considering cosmetic surgery for a world class experience and more importantly world class results!

Stacey H

April 07, 2013


Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS

Dr. Zemmel is a board-certified plastic surgeon who opened Richmond Aesthetic Surgery in 2007. As the practice’s Medical Director, he is considered an authority on a wide range of surgical procedures—from facial rejuvenation to breast enhancement to body contouring. Dr. Zemmel completed his undergraduate education from the College of William and Mary and then continued to the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After earning his medical degree, Dr. Zemmel completed a residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, during which he was Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery in his final year.

In his mission to be the best plastic surgeon possible, Dr. Zemmel strives to continuously hone his surgical skills to offer his patients a superior level of care. As part of this goal, he was selected by Allergan for an exclusive preceptorship in 2016 under the direction of Dr. Charles Randquist. Dr. Zemmel was one of only five plastic surgeons to be invited to this training in Stockholm, Sweden to learn the cosmetic breast surgery techniques for which Dr. Randquist has become internationally known.

Dr. Zemmel’s advanced expertise in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery has led to him being recognized by multiple media outlets. This includes receiving the “Top Doctor” award by Richmond Magazine, “Best of Richmond – Reader’s Choice” by Style Weekly, and “Top Ten Doctor” and Patients’ Choice Award by Vitals. In addition, Dr. Zemmel was also awarded “Compassionate Doctor” by Vitals, which is only awarded to 3% of active physicians and is voted on by patients.

To stay involved within the medical community, Dr. Zemmel holds positions in multiple organizations. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Zemmel is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Medical Society of Virginia.

How to Find the Best Tummy Tuck Surgeon for You

As you look for the right tummy tuck surgeon for your needs, there are specific criteria you should seek. Perhaps the most important credential you should look for is that your plastic surgeon is board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

It can help to meet with multiple surgeons to compare which professional you feel more comfortable with. During the consultation process, you should ask questions and request to see before and after photos of past tummy tuck results they have helped patients achieve. The best tummy tuck surgeon for your procedure will help you feel at-ease and confident in their skills, as well as be transparent with you about the pros and cons of your surgery.

Questions to Ask Your Tummy Tuck Surgeon

During your tummy tuck consultation, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. To guide you through this appointment, and help ensure you get a thorough understanding of what to expect from your tummy tuck surgeon, make sure to ask questions similar to the following:

If you are ready to get started on your tummy tuck journey, please contact us to schedule your consultation.