Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS
Megan J. Goff, PA-C
Rachel M. Duke, NP, CANS
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11934 W Broad Street, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23233

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Richmond Physician Named “Best Plastic Surgeon” by Local Community

Dr. Zemmel Named Best Plastic Surgeon in Richmond

Dr. Neil J. Zemmel has been honored by publications like the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Vitals, RateMDs, and Richmond Magazine for his dedication to providing high quality care in plastic surgery.

Richmond, VA — Since opening Richmond Aesthetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS has witnessed the positive impact cosmetic enhancement can have on a person’s life. He says that his passion for helping people look and feel their best translates into every aspect of his practice. With a commitment to providing excellent patient care, Dr. Zemmel feels honored to have been recognized by various publications in his mission to be the best plastic surgeon in Richmond, Virginia and beyond.

One of the most recent awards Dr. Zemmel received was being named a “Best Plastic Surgeon” in 2017 by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of Virginia’s premier daily newspapers. He was also ranked number one on the list of “Best Plastic/Cosmetic Surgeons, Physicians in Richmond, VA” by RateMDs, a leading online source for doctor ratings and reviews from patients. This distinction highlights Dr. Zemmel as being exceptionally helpful, knowledgeable, and punctual, as well as having an outstanding staff. In addition to receiving votes from his patients, Dr. Zemmel has been nominated by fellow physicians in the area for Richmond Magazine’s yearly “Top Doc” issue. He received the 2018 title for both Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Surgeon categories.

Another publication that has recognized Dr. Zemmel’s dedication to patient care is Vitals®, an online resource designed to educate the public on health care decisions. This site has highlighted Dr. Zemmel several years in a row. His most notable awards include receiving the “Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award”—an honor only 1% of doctors in the U.S. receive—as well as the ”Compassionate Doctor Award – 5 Year Honoree,” which is given to the doctors with the highest bedside manner ratings for five consecutive years.

Widely recognized for his surgical expertise, Dr. Zemmel is often interviewed for his professional opinion and knowledge regarding various procedures. This has included being on The Doctors daytime television show for his work with a young man’s post-major weight loss contouring. Dr. Zemmel has also been quoted in an article by The New York Times regarding the virtual consultation platform Zwivel™, and interviewed by a reporter from CNN London.

Dr. Zemmel is pleased to regularly be featured in such esteemed publications, and attributes his high patient satisfaction to his practice’s focus on patients’ well-being. By prioritizing patients’ health and happiness, he believes he is able to create the most beneficial treatment plans that align with their goals. In response to his recent honors, Dr. Zemmel says he is proud to be recognized by his patients and peers for the high level of care his team strives to provide.

About Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS

After earning his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Dr. Zemmel continued to the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center to train in his general and plastic surgery residency. He then entered private practice in Florida before returning to Virginia to found Richmond Aesthetic Surgery. Dr. Zemmel offers a comprehensive array of plastic surgery procedures at his practice—from surgical procedures like breast augmentation and tummy tuck surgery, to non-surgical treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic. He is also involved with several medical associations, including being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Plastic Surgery, and Medical Society of Virginia. Dr. Zemmel is available for interview upon request.

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NBC 12 Features Dr. Zemmel for Patient’s Gender Reassignment Surgery

In a recent segment on NBC 12 News, Dr. Zemmel was featured for his work with a married couple on their journey through gender reassignment surgery. Beginning at a young age, Nic and Ryan felt out of place in their female bodies. They first met in high school and have since been transitioning together into their true gender identities. Dr. Zemmel had the privilege of performing Ryan’s female to male top surgery.

In the news segment, Dr. Zemmel discusses Ryan’s procedure, detailing the process of creating a more masculine chest by reducing and repositioning the breast tissue. Although Ryan is still recovering from his FTM top surgery, he reports that his new body allows him to be his true self for the first time, no longer having to “be an actor all the time.” Both Nic and Ryan say they feel happier and more confident as they continue to transition.

To view the NBC 12 News segment, “Trapped in the wrong body: How gender reassignment surgery helped a Richmond couple,” watch the video below:

If you have any questions about FTM top surgery and how Dr. Zemmel can help you on your journey, please contact us to schedule your consultation.

Watch Us This Thursday on NBC 12 – 11PM

Dr. Zemmel and Richmond Aesthetic Surgery will be featured on NBC 12 News at 11PM on Thursday, October 26th. News anchor Curt Autry is detailing Nic and Ryan’s journey through gender reassignment surgery and how Dr. Zemmel played a part in their journey.

We hope you can tune in to watch! A link to the segment will be available shortly after the airing.

Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and Dermlounge featured on CBS 6 Virginia This Morning

We are excited to be featured on CBS 6 ‘Virginia This Morning’. Below you will find 3 episodes that highlight the individualized care that Dr. Zemmel, Megan Goff, Rachel Duke and our entire staff offer to each and every patient.

Segment 1 – Dr. Zemmel and Megan Goff discuss the new Short Pump office and the consultation process.

Segment 2 – Rachel Duke NP, CANS discusses injectable filler treatments including BOTOX®

Segment 3 – Dr. Zemmel and Rachel Duke discuss the new location and treatments offered at both Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and Dermlounge

Dr. Zemmel Discusses Transgender Surgery with Newsradio 1140 WRVA

In an interview with Newsradio 1140 WRVA, Dr. Zemmel discusses the increase in demand for transgender surgeries and why Richmond, VA is a destination to have these procedures done. Dr Zemmel explains, “My job as a physician is to assist these patients in becoming the people that they want to be” and “to give them safe, reliable operations.” Listen to the full interview below.

Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to Help Domestic Violence Survivor

After hearing the touching story of Amanda*—a victim of domestic violence who had been brutally beaten —Dr. Neil Zemmel wanted to help her recover from some of the aftermath of her past. Dr. Zemmel will be working with Amanda to perform breast revision surgery at no cost to replace the implant that had ruptured as a result of her attack. They look forward to helping her restore her appearance to resemble what it once was before her life-threatening encounter.

Amanda’s story will be shared by WWBT/NBC 12 Richmond on Thursday, February 2nd at 5pm for those who would like to learn more about her incredible journey. Throughout the day, NBC 12 will be offering a domestic violence hotline, as well as have counselors available on-site.

*Name of patient has been changed to protect her identity.Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to Help Domestic Violence Survivor

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.
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.
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:

Richmond Aesthetic Surgery Recently Featured on NBC12

We are excited to be a part of Austin’s weight loss transformation and the feedback from our local community has been tremendous since Austin first appeared on the ‘The Doctors’ earlier this year. Our local NBC affiliate recently interviewed Austin and Dr. Zemmel to learn how Dr. Zemmel and Megan helped change Austin’s life for the better. Click here to watch the story.NBC News Story

How Zwivel™ Is Changing Cosmetic Surgery: NYT Article

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As one of the first practices to incorporate Zwivel™ in 2015, Richmond Aesthetic Surgery has helped numerous patients learn if a procedure is right for them before ever having to step inside a plastic surgery office. This virtual consultation app has become an “invaluable tool,” says Dr. Zemmel in a recent article by The New York Times. Read more about Zwivel™ and what our plastic surgeon had to say in “Cosmetic Surgery That’s Just a Click Away.”

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