Facelift Surgeon

About Neil J. Zemmel, MD, FACS

Zemmel-Neil-139RAS-7-12_MG_2425-214x300Dr. Neil J. Zemmel is a board-certified plastic surgeon and was selected as a “Top Doc” by Richmond Magazine in 2014. Dr. Zemmel graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he focused his studies on both science and fine arts. He then attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he concentrated his studies in surgery and participated in medical research, resulting in the publication of several papers in peer-reviewed medical journals. Afterward, he continued to advance his education in Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program. During Dr. Zemmel’s last year of training, he served as Chief Resident of Plastic Surgery, and ultimately joined the academic faculty. Dr. Zemmel’s training included a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive techniques, such as:

  • Head and neck reconstruction
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Burn reconstruction
  • Cosmetic surgery

Dr. Zemmel has published scientific research papers, delivered lectures, and made media appearances covering topics including liposuction techniques, artificial skin technology, breast reconstruction, and facial plastic surgery. He is also committed to giving back to the community and frequently travels to Guatemala for mission trips where he performs cleft lip, cleft palate, and burn reconstructions.

I had the best experience with Dr. Zemmel and his staff. They are friendly, knowledgeable and comforting with anything you might need. I had 3 other consultations scheduled but after I met with him, I canceled them and booked my next appointment. My recovery has been great with very minimal pain. All my follow up appointments were already scheduled and they made sure I had everything I needed. If I need to talk to anyone before that then they’re easy to get into contact with. It is really important to have a doctor you can trust and you know has your best interest at heart. Dr. Zemmel and his team are just that!


March 03, 2023


Dr. Zemmel takes pride in helping patients in need, which is apparent as he takes on pro bono cases when possible. Two of his patients were featured in television segments for their particularly inspiring transformations. On the daytime talk show The Doctors, Dr. Zemmel was interviewed for a complex body contouring case that he performed following a young man’s major weight loss. In another media story, which aired on NBC 12, Dr. Zemmel was featured as part of a woman’s story about the domestic violence attack that left her with a ruptured implant, which is being replaced by Dr. Zemmel.

Dr. Zemmel is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Medical Society of Virginia. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Zemmel currently serves as the Medical Director of Plastic Surgery Services at St. Francis Hospital.


How to Find the Best Facelift Surgeon for You

Choosing the best plastic surgeon for your facial procedure is essential for achieving the outcome you desire. Since a person’s facial appearance is a significant part of their identity, patients should do their research and make sure they are selecting a surgeon they feel comfortable and confident with. Some general rules to follow when looking for the right surgeon include:

  • Make sure they are experienced in facelift surgery or the specific facial procedure you are seeking.
  • Read online reviews of the surgeon to confirm they are trusted and have provided others with a positive surgical experience.
  • View before-and-after photos of their patients to determine if you like the results they have helped others achieve.

In addition to getting the above information, you will want to find a surgeon who is honest with you and makes you feel at-ease. Undergoing a procedure like facelift surgery will require several appointments, from the consultation and surgery to the follow-up appointments for monitoring your recovery. You should be confident in their abilities and feel comfortable with asking any questions throughout the process.

If you are questioning whether to choose a surgeon, it is always better to consult with another surgeon to help you make a more informed decision.

Questions to Ask Your Facelift Surgeon

To help prepare you for your consultation, Dr. Zemmel recommends men and women ask their prospective surgeon the following questions to gain a better understanding of what the physician can offer:

  • What is your background in plastic surgery training?
  • How many years have you performed this procedure? How frequently do you perform it?
  • How do you ensure you are using the safest and most effective surgical techniques?
  • Do you operate in an accredited surgical facility?
  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure? Or is another option more appropriate?
  • What steps will be involved in performing my surgery?
  • What can I expect in my recovery from this procedure?
  • What are the complications that can occur from this procedure? How are they handled?

By asking these questions, you can get to know a prospective surgeon, determining if they are qualified to perform your procedure and if they have your best intentions in mind.

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