View: Meet Plastic Surgeon, Dr. John Zinsser
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Richmond, VA
Meet Dr. John Zinsser
Dr. John Zinsser is a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in all aspects of facial, breast, and body contouring surgery, including his specialties of tummy tuck, breast augmentation, body contouring, breast lift, breast reduction, and Brazilian butt lift surgeries. Additionally, Dr. Zinsser and his team maintain expertise in non-surgical and transgender procedures.
Dr. Zinsser has become well-known throughout the greater Richmond area for providing outstanding plastic surgery services by combining his surgical mastery with his warm, welcoming demeanor and exceptional customer service.
Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon—Why This Distinction Matters
In most cases, achieving success through plastic surgery depends on choosing the right surgeon. Being certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Zinsser has gone through extensive training, experience, exams, and continuous education to obtain and maintain his active status. This certification is not only a symbol but proof that your surgeon is dedicated to your safety, excellent results, and a higher standard of ethics and care.
Dr. Zinsser’s Education, Training, and Affiliations
Dr. Zinsser’s education began at Southwest Texas State University, where he majored in Physiology and Chemistry. He then earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. Dr. Zinsser completed his general surgery training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his plastic surgery fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Zinsser has been in practice here in Richmond since 1998 and has hospital privileges at all of the Bon Secours and HCA hospitals in and around the metropolitan area of Richmond.
Dr. Zinsser is an active member in many plastic surgery organizations, including:
Your Friendly and Informative Consultation with Dr. Zinsser
Your consultation with Dr. Zinsser will consist of a comprehensive overview of your plastic surgery goals and options. We encourage you to prepare a list of questions for Dr. Zinsser and bring along a trusted friend or family member.
Dr. Zinsser will develop a personal plan of care for you and discuss all the benefits and risks of surgery. He will also be glad to provide all of the educational and preparation resources necessary to make you a comfortable and knowledgeable patient. With Dr. Zinsser, you can always expect a friendly, educational, and non-pressuring environment.
A Conversation with Dr. Zinsser
I grew up in Texas where I did my primary and secondary education, including college and medical school.
I have wanted to pursue a career in medicine since childhood. I decided to focus on aesthetics once I started my surgical residency.
After graduating high school in Texas, I completed my undergraduate degree at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I then completed Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center and 2 additional years of research, in San Antonio Texas. I then completed a complete General Surgery program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. I finished my training and education by completing my Plastic Surgery Fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. I started this journey in 1981 after finishing high school, and completed the training at Vanderbilt in 1998, 17 years after high school to become a Plastic Surgeon.
I had an interest in medicine and surgery from a very early age, but my interest in Plastic Surgery didn’t develop until I was exposed to the specialty during my General Surgery training. I was impressed with the depth of the specialty and complexity of the different aspects of both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.
I really enjoy helping patients achieve or restore a more youthful, refreshed, version of themselves. Seeing the joy on their face as they realize how what we can do helps them with self-confidence, self-esteem, and body image. Every patient is different and represents unique challenges with their particular anatomy and goals.
I specialize in cosmetic surgical procedures of the face, breast, and body including the extremities. We treat post weight-loss patients with reconstruction and eliminating the poor tissue tone after extensive weight loss. We also treat Trans-patients who are completing their journey with surgery.
I enjoy spending time with my wife and 2 daughters, who are grown and on their own paths with their dreams and education. I enjoy playing golf and working outdoors in the yard. To help with relaxation, I enjoy exercise, listening to music and playing guitar. I also have a beautiful 2 year old German Shepherd named Coda that occupies a lot of my time.
I spent the first 10 years of practice in a “group practice” and lost my identity in a group that didn’t reflect my philosophy of work and dedication to patient care. Once I started my own solo practice in 2007, my professional and personal life has improved exponentially.
Patients choose us for many reasons, some of which include our:
- Attention to personalized customer service
- Dedication to helping patients achieve their goals
- Friendly, non-pressuring atmosphere
- Great reviews and excellent track record
- Years of experience and expertise in all aspects of surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation
In essence, our entire process revolves around you and how we can provide you with the best overall experience in pursuit of your goals.
Passionate, funny, dedicated
I have always tried to treat patients (people) how I would like to be treated and try to take the time to listen to them and show them that we as a practice are here for them every step of the way from beginning to end. I give patients my personal phone number so that they always feel that I am accessible to them during their recovery process.
I have learned to appreciate the little things. And that it is OK to sometimes say “no”, and that there are occasionally patients that I cannot help.
Our philosophy is providing a service to help patients discover a new refreshed and rejuvenated self, with respect, caring, and compassion. Customer service is something we take very seriously here at ZPS!!
Dr. R Bruce Shack from Vanderbilt has made the most impact on me as far as the surgeon I am today. Without his teaching and guidance, I would not be where I am today. I was also influenced by Dr. Arnold Diethelm from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, who always demonstrated professionalism and commitment to going beyond what is expected in your efforts to help a patient.
I think one of the things that sets me and ZPS apart is our approach to patient care; a relaxed no-pressure atmosphere where we are committed to providing information to help the patient decide that the specific procedure is the right one to help them achieve their goals, and that WE are the practice to help them get there!