Body Contouring in Richmond

Sometimes you can eat right, exercise regularly, and do all the things necessary to maintain a beautiful body without achieving your desired outcome. This is largely due to the fact that genetics plays a significant role in your body type and for some people, their genetic programming dictates which locations of your body will lose fat when you exercise. Sometimes, you may find that in spite of your diligent efforts, it can be challenging to attain a toned appearance in certain areas.

At Zinsser Plastic Surgery, we offer a wide range of body contouring procedures that can help you put the finishing touches on your fitness routine, allowing you to enjoy the toned, fit figure you have worked so hard to achieve.

To learn more about the body contouring options available at Zinsser Plastic Surgery, call 804-474-9805 today to schedule a personal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zinsser. We proudly serve Richmond, Fredericksburg and Williamsburg, Virginia.

On this page, we discuss the following body contouring topics:

Tummy Tuck & Mini Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

woman with tucked, tight tummy lying on the beachA tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is performed to remove excess skin and fat, and tighten the abdominal area. By helping you achieve a trim, flat midsection, abdominoplasty can have a significant effect on your appearance, helping you to look and feel your absolute best.

Tummy tucks offer an array of cosmetic and medical benefits, including:

  • Removal of excess fat from the abdominal region
  • Removal of excess, hanging skin from the midsection
  • Tightened abdominal muscles that are loose or stretched
  • A flatter, tighter abdomen
  • Reduced medical issues such as incontinence or back pain as a result of tightened tummy muscles and abdominal support

A mini tummy tuck is a more limited procedure that removes excess fat and skin below the navel. A much shorter incision is used in this procedure. Typically, mini tummy tucks tighten abdominal muscles but do not remove skin from the upper abdomen. During your initial consultation, Dr. Zinsser will explain all of your tummy tuck options and recommend the procedure that best meets your unique needs.


Liposuction, one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, is an incredibly versatile body contouring option that can be used to remove stubborn pockets of diet-and-exercise-resistant fat from almost any part of your body, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks ("love handles" and "muffin tops")
  • Back
  • Breasts and chest area (including as part of a male breast reduction procedure)
  • Face, neck, and jowls
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Arms
  • Calves and ankles

During your confidential consultation, Dr. Zinsser will conduct a thorough assessment to determine if you are a good candidate for liposuction. Your candidacy depends on a number of factors, including the degree and location of excess fat and your desired outcomes.

Body Lift – Post-Bariatric Body Contouring

After massive weight loss, you may be discouraged by the appearance of sagging skin around your waist and lower body. Sometimes referred to as an “apron”, this unsightly excess skin can become the source of chafing, irritation, inhibited mobility and embarrassment.

Fortunately, Dr. Zinsser can help you achieve a more toned and attractive body contour with a body lift. More than a single treatment, plastic surgery after weight loss combines a number of procedures to deliver the balanced and proportionate figure you desire.

Brazilian Butt Lift & Butt Augmentation

toned backside of woman enjoying the surfButtock augmentation can give you a fuller, rounder, more attractive backside, helping you feel more confident in jeans, skirts and swimsuits. The Brazilian butt lift is a popular option that utilizes your own fat, harvested from areas such as the thighs or abdomen, to enhance the contour, shape, size and appearance of your buttocks.

Butt lifts offer a number of benefits, including:

  • Added fullness, projection and shape of your buttocks
  • Enhanced proportions to your figure
  • Improved self-confidence
  • Elimination of sagging skin issues from weight loss, pregnancy or aging
  • Corrected buttock asymmetry

It’s important to keep in mind that butt lifts are designed to add shape and volume to your buttocks, not to trim or decrease its size. Dr. Zinsser will discuss your aesthetic goals during your initial consultation and recommend the treatment that is right for you.

Thigh Lift

Thigh lifts focus on the problem areas of your outer and inner thighs, where skin tends to accumulate and sag after weight loss. A thigh lift reshapes the thighs by removing excess skin and fat to give you a more toned, fit appearance. After your thigh lift, you can expect:

  • The removal of excess skin and fat from the inner and outer thighs
  • Tighter, smoother skin in the thighs
  • Enhanced thigh contours
  • Improved confidence

While liposuction may be an appropriate treatment for patients with limited sagging skin that has retained some elasticity, thigh lifts are best suited if you have considerable excess skin. Dr. Zinsser will help you determine the best option to achieve your aesthetic goal.

Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)

Stretched skin or excess fat in the upper arms can give the appearance of ‘wings’ that often fail to respond to toning or weight exercises. In these situations, an arm lift, medically referred to as brachioplasty, can lift and tighten the upper arms for a fit, contoured look. By performing an arm lift, Dr. Zinsser can:

  • Reduce sagging upper arm skin that hangs downward
  • Tighten and smooth the tissue that helps create the shape of your arm
  • Reduce the areas of fat in the upper arm

The aging process typically causes excess skin and fat to develop in the upper arms. As we age, our skin loses collagen, the naturally-occurring substance that keeps our skin tout, smooth, and youthful-looking. Our metabolisms also begin to taper, causing fat to accumulate in areas that it previously hadn’t in our youth. Weight fluctuations can also cause skin to sag and fat to develop in this area. You may also experience excess skin if you have lost a dramatic amount of weight. During your initial consultation, Dr. Zinsser will discuss your personal goals and guide you toward a solution that best suits your needs.

Calf Implants

Calf implants are an ideal way to achieve the toned, muscular calves you may be unable to attain through exercise alone. By surgically inserting calf implants, this procedure can:

  • Correct the appearance of muscle imbalance
  • Improve the appearance of skinny “chicken” legs and bow leggedness
  • Improve self esteem

Patients who have underdeveloped calf muscles as a result of an injury or birth defect such as Polio or Spina Bifida can also benefit from calf implants.

Scar Revision

If visible scars on your body cause you to feel self-conscious, Dr. Zinsser can help you look and feel your best with scar revision treatment. Scar revision can:

  • Improve the texture of an existing scar
  • Reduce the size of a large scar
  • Improve self-esteem

Ideal candidates for scar revision are in good overall health. During your consultation with Dr. Zinsser, he will determine if scar revision is appropriate for you, based on a careful examination of your scar, your medical history and your aesthetic goals.

Mommy Makeover

fit mom holding her daughterA mommy makeover is a combination of surgical breast and body procedures designed to restore or improve your pre-pregnancy figure.

A mommy makeover can:

  • Eliminate loose, hanging skin on the abdominal region
  • Tighten stretched or separated abdominal wall muscles
  • Remove stubborn pockets of excess fat
  • Add breast volume
  • Lift sagging breasts
  • Elevate nipples that point downward
  • Enhance your curves and body contour
  • Improve your confidence and self-image

By choosing to undergo a mommy makeover, you gain several advantages over scheduling the same procedures months or years apart; you save money, time and only have to undergo one recovery period. Discuss your mommy makeover options with Dr. Zinsser during your initial consultation.

Why Choose Zinsser Plastic Surgery

When you work with Dr. John Zinsser, you will benefit from the experience of a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed body contouring procedures for more than two decades. His keen artistic eye, combined with his extensive training and expertise, enable him to deliver results that are balanced, elegant and natural-looking.

In addition to his reputation for clinical excellence, Dr. Zinsser is known for his kind and compassionate nature, having won OurHealth Richmond’s “Best Bedside Manner” award multiple times over the course of his career. He is personally committed to helping you live beautifully, confident in your appearance and the way you present yourself to the world. This passion for providing individualized, patient-focused care is an essential element of Dr. Zinsser’s philosophy, and it plays a critical role in helping you achieve your goals.

Schedule Your Body Contouring Consultation Today

If you live in the Richmond, Fredericksburg or Williamsburg areas of Virginia and would like to refine your figure, contact Zinsser Plastic Surgery today by completing the form on this page or calling 804-474-9805 to schedule your confidential consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Zinsser. During this important interaction, Dr. Zinsser will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and explain all of your treatment options.

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