Plastic Surgery after Weight Loss

Losing weight is an amazing accomplishment. Weight loss, whether it was from gastric bypass surgery or weight loss from diet and exercise, is something that should be celebrated and something that everyone should take pride in. But in a lot of cases, with all that weight loss, it is also accompanied by an excess of skin. This is expected since your skin stretches out to accommodate for the weight gained. Because of this, many patients begin to entertain the idea of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery after weight loss is something that a lot of plastic surgeons see regularly. If you are in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck is a really talented plastic surgeon skilled in surgery after weight loss.

Procedures possibly needed after Weight Loss

Once you have hit your weight loss goal, especially if you have lost an excessive about of weight, many people notice their skin has stretched out. For women especially, having saggy skin or skin with stretch mars makes them feel very self-conscience. This is why many women and men contemplate the idea of plastic surgery. The problem is, usually after excessive weight loss, there is more than one procedure needed to take off all of the excess skin and lift everything back up for a more youthful appearance.

For women, many of them will consider having a breast lift and a breast augmentation to change the fullness of their breasts. Tummy tucks are also another popular procedure after losing weight. This will address the stretch marks and excess skin folds and will tighten up the abdominal muscles. There may also be facial procedures after weight loss as well. Usually, the facial procedures are focused on the neck area to remove excess skin. Other procedures will usually be done on the butt and upper arms as well. Laser liposuction is also a common plastic surgery after weight loss so that uneven fat will be newly distributed.

Good Candidates for Surgery after Weight Loss

Plastic Surgery is not for everyone. Some people have unreal expectations about the surgeon’s ability to give them the perfect body that they’ve always desired. Some people also have other health conditions which make going through plastic surgery impossible. Good candidates for have plastic surgery after losing weight would be a person who is in general good health. A person would also have to have realistic expectations about their results from the surgery as well. People should also be at a stable weight. Usually, after a person has experienced a great about of weight loss, they hit a certain goal weight and stay there at that number. Once you have hit your goal weight and you decide that you will not lose any more weight, that’s when it is safe to get the surgery. This just helps the person out because if they have the surgery too early and they lose more weight, then they’ll have to go in again in order to fix the problem. The more times that there are surgeries, the more times there is a greater risk for infections.

The Surgical Procedures

There are many different procedures that take place after someone loses an excessive amount of weight. Some of the more popular ones are breast augmentations and liposuction. During a breast augmentation, the patient has two different choices. They are responsible for choosing their incision placement and the type of implant that they receive. There are several different types of incisions for breast augmentations. They are Axillary (the armpit), Periareolar (around the nipple), Inframammary (through the breast crease), Transumbilical (through the belly button). The incision is not the most important part to focus on, however. The most important part of the breast augmentation is the location of the implant itself. There are only two choices, you can either put the implant above or below the muscle. The implant will always be placed behind the breast tissue, this way that all of the milk ducts, blood vessels, and the nerves from the tissue to the nipple are all available to stay intact. Once all decisions have been made, the procedure will begin at your scheduled appointment.

First, the surgeon will place preoperative markings on the breasts. Next, the surgeon will place you under anesthesia and the surgery will begin. The surgeon will place an incision on the markings and begin to create the breast pocket. Once the breast pocket is created, the surgeon will put the breast implant and create the new shape of the breast. After several checks if whether or not the breasts are symmetrical, the surgeon will then close the incision and the surgery will be completed.

With liposuction, the procedure can be done with a laser. The procedure will permanently remove the excess fat for good. The surgeon will create a small incision, about one-fourth of an inch. After this, the liquid fat will be permanently drained. Patients are usually able to come home about after about an hour and can return to work and daily activities and can begin exercising after about a full week of recovery. With the laser surgery, the patient must wear a compression garment for four days.

Frequently Asked Questions about Surgery after Weight Loss

What procedures will I need to take off the excess skin?

Usually, patients need several surgeries to remove the excess skin that comes with losing a substantial amount of weight. Sometimes doctors recommend pairing surgeries together so that you will not be under the knife so many different times. For example, if a woman lost weight and wanted plastic surgery, surgeons would probably recommend having a breast augmentation and an upper arm lift. They recommend surgeries that are not on the same part of the body.

How long is the Recovery Time?

Depending on which surgeries that you have done will depend on the recovery time. However, if you combine the surgeries that are completed on different sections of your body, the recovery time can potentially be cut in half. If the surgeries are performed at different times, the recovery time for the breast augmentation is about a week or so. For the liposuction, depending on if you had traditional liposuction or the new technique, laser liposuction, the recovery time will differ. Traditional liposuction requires the patient to have more downtime and the patient must wear a compression garment for six to eight weeks, whereas, with laser liposuction, the garment is worn for four days and the patient does not have to have a lot of downtime. They can return to normal, daily activities as soon as possible.

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Dr. Matthew Galumbeck Discusses: Daddy Do-Over

More men than ever are taking control of their appearance to help them feel better about themselves. The vast majority of plastic surgery patients have been women. However, it is becoming more acceptable for men to go under the knife. In 2015 alone, the number of men who had cosmetic surgery was over one million according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. You may have heard of the procedure the “mommy makeover” which helps women restore their shape after childbirth. Surgeons can address issues concerning the breasts, buttocks, abdomen, genitalia, and waist. The procedures usually involve a breast lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, butt augmentation, and vaginal rejuvenation. Having kids can take its toll on father’s as well. Now there is a similar type of surgery to help dads feel their best.

What is the Daddy Do-Over Procedure?

As men get older, their bodies demand more care. Daddy Do Overs can consist of several procedures to rejuvenate the face and body. Dermal fillers can smooth the jawline, eliminate wrinkles, and reduce the appearance of a double chin. Non-invasive smart liposuction treatments can remove love handles and access fat around the abdomen. Some dads may need body contouring to define the chest and waist. Below is a list of some of the different types of all-inclusive Daddy Do-Over procedures to choose from.

Male Breast Reduction

When excess fat deposits accumulate in the chest area, it is called gynecomastia. Your surgeon can make small incisions and suction out the fat via liposuction. The result is a tighter feeling chest that looks more firm and contoured.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The stomach area can be the hardest area to lose body fat. Diet and exercise alone may not help especially as we age. Tummy tuck surgery is the process of removing excess skin and fat from the abdomen. The procedure has also been known to restore separated or weakened muscles.


Liposuction contours various areas of the body resulting in a more attractive physique. It can be performed on the legs, chest, face, abdomen, arms, buttocks, and thighs.

Brow Lift

Men can begin to look tired continuously similar to women as they age. Not getting enough hours of sleep or a busy work schedule can take a toll on the face. A brow lift is an excellent way to rejuvenate the upper portion of the face and reduce puffiness under the eyes. A non-surgical brow lift can take only 15-20 minutes with no downtime using dermal fillers. If you choose for the surgical version that is more permanent, the procedure can take 1-2 hours.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Daddy Do-Over Procedure

How Long Do Results Last From Body Contouring Procedures For Men?

It depends on the individual patient and the amount of fat that needs to be removed. Diet and lifestyle will also play a factor but, results can last for years.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

Usually, male abdominal and body contouring reductions take 3-4 hours to complete.

Can I Have Multiple Procedures Done At The Same Time?

Yes, while it may not always be advisable to do so, it is possible. A highly reputable surgeon will want to limit your risks and provide the safest outcomes possible. The length of time you will need to be under anesthesia can increase your risk of complications.

What Can I Expect During Recovery?

For two to four weeks following surgery, you will be asked to minimize your activity level. If you work, it’s recommended you use vacation time for your recovery. Having friends or family around to help care for you is essential. You should refrain from heavy lifting for at least a month.

What Are The Risks And Complications?

There are always risks with any surgery including bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, blood clotting, and infection. Some medical issues such as diabetes, or high blood pressure can cause problems during surgery. It is crucial you make sure your surgeon is aware of any medications, drugs, including over-the-counter medicines that you may take. Some medications can increase swelling, bruising, bleeding and affect your final results.

How Should I Prepare For Surgery?

If you are a smoker, you should stop smoking two to four weeks before your surgical procedure and for up to four weeks after. Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle while staying well hydrated. Ask your surgeon if you should be taking any vitamins or supplements in the weeks in advance.

About the Doctor

When you’re ready to start feeling like a whole new you, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck can give you the results you deserve. His medical practice is located in Virginia Beach near the Hilltop region. The Galumbeck Plastic Surgery and Spa offers the latest advancements in plastic surgery while providing you with personalized attention.

Dr. Matthew Galumbeck

Greetings! This is our first post to Plastic Surgery Talk with Dr. Matthew Galumbeck. By way of introduction, Dr. Galumbeck is a board-certified plastic surgeon who regularly performs plastic surgery of both the face and body. With almost two decades of experience, Dr. Galumbeck has conducted over five thousand surgical procedures throughout his career.mattgalumbeckbio-300x300

Dr. Galumbeck studied undergraduate at the College of William & Mary, received his medical degree from Duke University, and trained both at Case Western Reserve University (for general surgery) and Eastern Virginia Medical School (for plastic surgery).

Currently, Matthew Galumbeck, MD practices in his hometown of Virginia Beach, VA. He is also an assistant professor, teaching plastic surgery at his alma mater of Eastern Virginia, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American Society for Lasers in Medicine & Surgery, and the Virginia Beach Medical Society.

Here, we will explore together some of the questions those interested in plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures often have. We look forward to a frank and in-depth conversation with you!

In addition, we will be posting videos and photos of some of the doctor’s work, as a way of demonstrating that which we discuss. Below you’ll find our first entry. Hope to hear from you soon!