Cary Plastic Surgeon
6216 Fayetteville Rd.
Durham, North Carolina 27713 US
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5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

Exceeded expectations

As an experienced provider, most times I set the bar a little to high, but Jo Ann Garofalo, RN and Dr. Zenn consistently sailed right over it. If you are looking for seamless, comprehensive, compassionate care with superior surgical talent, consider working with Dr. Zenn. My husband and I couldn't be more grateful.

5 out of 5 stars Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstruction following Mohs surgery was amazing

Dr. Zenn was outstanding and made a huge difference in my life. After having a cancerous tumor removed from my face following Mohs surgery, I was left with an enormous hole that Dr. Zenn was able to reconstruct. The result of his work allowed me to heal and enjoy a normal life. It required out-of-the-box thinking and knowledge for a solution. His calmness gave me the confidence to...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reduction

Dr. Zenn exceeded my expectations - Durham, NC

Dr. Zenn is an excellent surgeon. I had a bilateral breast reduction and this was by far the best medical care I have ever received. He is caring, explained the procedure in depth, and answered all my questions. I had to call Dr. Zenn the night of surgery and he returned my call within minutes. My results are natural looking with minimal scaring. He is a master of his craft. Dr, Zenn...

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

I had an amazing experience

I had a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) earlier this year. Dr. Zenn's bedside manner was the best I experienced and I am a medical professional, working with many doctors each day. He was kind, professional, honest, personable, and extremely knowledgeable. I am exceptionally pleased with my outcome and results. My post operative pain was well managed and controlled. His nurse was wonderful and...

5 out of 5 stars Abdominal Etching

It was an unforgetable experience.

Outstanding! I would feel comfortable recommending him to anyone and infact I have. He listened to me when voicing my concerns, not only that he held my hand when I was scared and nervous til falling asleep, on the table before the procedure took place.

5 out of 5 stars Breast Reconstruction

Truly great physician.

He is a wonderful doctor. I had a DIEP flap procedure. Dr. Zenn explained the process each step of the way and always answered my questions. I appreciated his honesty as to what could and could not be done . His staff is wonderful. He also performed a latissimus dorsi flap. After going through breast cancer twice, I have always said he gave me my life back.

5 out of 5 stars Tummy Tuck

He is an Artist....

Dr. Zenn did my abdominoplasty in 2005 and my breast lift/augmentation in 2013. His nurse, Joann was as reassuring and professional as he was. During my consultations he was very realsitic and made sure I understood the risks as well as the actual outcomes. I called/emailed numerous times with questions and never felt as I was bothering them or asking "dumb" questions. I also know him in a...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Augmentation

What an amazing Surgeon!

Dr Zenn is definitely the best surgeon in the specialty of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. I had the honor to work with him as an OR Nurse and see only wonderful outcomes. He had to be my surgeon, no doubt about it!. Dr Zenn has great bedside manners, he is very professional and knowledgeable, caring and compassionate. He helped me choose the right size of implants for my body frame, and...

5 out of 5 stars Eyelid Surgery

Superlative treatment under his care

Dr. Michael Zenn is absolutely amazing Plastic Surgeon. He is extremely knowledgeable and dedicated. I was completely blown away by how helpful and kind he was at getting back and checking on me after surgery to make sure I am ok. I'm truly grateful that I was a recipient of his expertise as a Plastic Surgeon. He did a fantastic job on my eyelids. Definitely, I highly recommend him to anybody...

5 out of 5 stars Breast Lift with Implants

His work is perfection!

As a 42 year old mother of twins who recently lost 40 pounds, I decided that it was time to do something for myself and reclaim my prebaby body.....especially considering that my twins were born seven years ago. I selected Dr. Zenn for my surgery because he had an outstanding reputation in our local community. I I could not be more pleased with Dr. Zenn and my surgery results! Dr. Zenn is...

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Personal Statement

I am fortunate to be a plastic surgeon. I have always been artistic and enjoyed working with my hands and helping people. By hard work, top training, and great mentors in plastic surgery, I have earned an international reputation for excellence. I look forward to meeting so I can help you too.

Board Certifications

Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery


American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

Awards & Recognition

American Society of Plastic Surgeons Visiting Professor, 2015-2016
President, North Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons 2003
Tenured Professor, Duke Plastic Surgery 2014
RealSelf Top Doctor

Hospital Privileges

Dr. Zenn has hospital affiliations at WakeMed Cary.


  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BA, Natural Science Major, University of Pennsylvania, 1984
    Medical: MD, Cornell University Medical College, 1988
    Graduate: MBA, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 2012
  • Post-Medical School Training

    General Surgery, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY, 1993
    Plastic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospitalm Boston, MA, 1995
    Microsurgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1995

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Why Would I Still Have a Knot Above Belly Button, 15 Months After my Abdominolplasty? (photo)

At 12 to 15 months, you should be seeing the final result. This means that swelling has disappeared and now the underlying structures can be more... READ MORE

How should I get rid of my (hereditary) jowls: face lift or fat graft? What would be the approx. cost of the procedure? (photos)

Thanks for your question and the photos. You do not have jowling. As you suggest, you have a hereditary issue. From your photos, it appears that your... READ MORE

Most effective non-surgical methods for crepey/lax undereyes? 39 and no longer want Botox, seems to be making it worse (photo)

Honestly, anything short of surgery that will remove all those wrinkles from extra skin would be more dangerous than a simple lower blepharoplasty.... READ MORE

I'm 31 and have been troubled with some deep creases under my eyes for the past several years. Any permanent options? (photo)

Unfortunately Botox will not help bags under the eyes, only make them worse. Filler would be a temporary solution and still would not completely help.... READ MORE

Does BMI have to be under 30 to get a mommy makeover?

Increasing BMI over 30 does have increased risks of healing problems. That said, being healthy is important too! You should lose all the weight you... READ MORE

DermACELL: is it as good as Alloderm?

I have used both and both work well. I currently only use DermACELL since it works well, is cheaper, and has less problems with sensitivity reactions... READ MORE

38 year old female with bags and wrinkles under my eyes. Can this be fixed with fillers or is surgery my only option? (Photo)

You are an excellent surgical candidate - fullness from fat that can be removed, no extra skin, and young - great skin elasticity. These things also... READ MORE

7 months post-op: too much upper-pole. Will they drop more? (Photo)

Sorry that you are not happy with your result. The implant you have appears to have too much upper pole projection for your chest and I would... READ MORE

Do I need a breast lift or could I do a nipple lift with implants? (Photo)

How much of a lift you will get with implants alone will depend on how big your implants are and what "look" you are after. If the implant fills the... READ MORE

I had breast augmentation eight weeks ago and I'm wondering if it's OK to wear a wire free underwire bra at this point?

You should be able to. I generally let my patients wear any type of bra after their 2 month follow up, where I check the incision and make sure the... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Zenn

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Understand the Different Types of Facelifts

Dr. Zenn discusses the different types of facelifts and clears up some of the confusion between short scar, deep plane, SMAS, and others. WATCH VIDEO

Mastopexy Surgery to Make Breasts Perky Again

Breast lift is one of the most challenging breast operations as it depends on the surgeon's skill, not just an implant for the most natural shape. Dr. Zenn discusses all the factors needed to create a beautiful breast. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Reduction: What to Consider Before Surgery

The video describes the different options available when thinking about breast reduction and highlights the keys to success. WATCH VIDEO

Breast Augmentation: Best Techniques and Your Choices

Dr. Zenn describes the many variations in breast augmentation including implant type, implant location, and scar placement. WATCH VIDEO

Mommy Makeover: Breast and Tummy Rejuvenation

The video discusses the combination of tummy tuck with breast surgery - either augmentation, reduction, lift, or a combination of augmentation and lift. WATCH VIDEO

Tummy Tuck: Who is the Best Candidate

The video reviews the best candidates for a tummy tuck and some of the alternatives such as muscle tightening and liposuction alone. WATCH VIDEO

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*Your results may vary. Any specific claims or permanence length of results vary for each patient and are not guaranteed.