Plastic Surgery Options: How To Get The Body You Want

Plastic Surgery Options: How To Get The Body You Want

Setting Expectations Before Your Plastic Surgery

With today’s plastic surgery options, you can achieve almost any look you want. Simple procedures like lip fillers, or more complex surgeries such as a “mommy makeovers” give women a chance to take control of their bodies. According to statistics gathered by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures are becoming more popular, with 17.5 million procedures performed in 2017. But what should you know about plastic surgery before you go under the knife? Dr. Matthew Galumbeck gives us tips on preparing yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally for plastic surgery.


Mentally Preparing Yourself For A Transformation

Before you start thinking about things like your breast augmentation recovery, you need to set accurate expectations. Plastic surgery can be a powerful tool, but you should understand what it can, and cannot, do for you. The best procedures will enhance your natural beauty, not make you into another person entirely. Every body is different, which means we will all have unique experiences and outcomes. Just because your neighbor’s 350cc breast implants look great, that does not mean you should get the same size. Body shape, chest width, fat distribution, and more should be considered when choosing breast implants.

Dr. Galumbeck works closely with each patient to help them decide the best path to get the results they want. He tells us, “Everybody has a different reason for what they want to do and how they want to do it.” Before you step foot in the office try to prepare yourself by thinking about your desired results. Be flexible about your goals and expectations. For example, you may want breast implants but getting your desired result may require breast implants and a breast lift. Know that some procedures show visible results immediately, while others will take longer. For a customized approach to your plastic surgery options, visit Dr. Galumbeck for a consultation.

What To Expect From Your Plastic Surgery Consultation

Before your consultation, look at before and after pictures and pick a few to show your surgeon. Try to choose patients with a similar body shape to you. Showing Dr. Galumbeck before and after photos will give him an idea of the results you want. You can expect the following things to happen at your consultation:

  • Patient Forms: Be honest about your whole health so you know if you are a good candidate for surgery. Certain health conditions may prevent you from having elective surgery, and lifestyle choices like smoking should be stopped before your procedure.
  • Watch a Video: Dr. Galumbeck’s staff will show you a short video overview of the procedures you are interested in.
  • Talk to Dr. Galumbeck: Now is the time to ask questions such as the ones found on this list by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Discuss concerns, such as what breast augmentation recovery will be like, or what happens if your breast implant ruptures.
  • Exam: Dr. Galumbeck will then examine the areas you wish to address and make recommendations for a plan of care. He will also show you before and after pictures of patients similar to you so you can get an idea of how your results may turn out.
  • Financing Your Procedure: Dr. Galumbeck’s patient coordinator will then step in to discuss the price for your unique treatment plan.

Dr. Galumbeck has over 20 years of clinical experience, and has performed more than 5,000 procedures. He maintains board-certification through the American Board of Plastic Surgery, because he is dedicated to giving his patients the highest quality care possible. You can trust that you are in good hands when you visit Dr. Galumbeck. He will give you recommendations that will help you meet your goals, and be honest with you about what plastic surgery can and cannot do.

What You Should Know About Recovery From Plastic Surgery

Some cosmetic procedures show results almost instantly and you can go back to work with little to no thought. However, after a surgical procedure like breast augmentation, you should be aware that bruising, swelling, and pain will be present. Setting realistic expectations for breast augmentation recovery, or any other surgical recovery, will help you get the best results possible. Here are some tips for your plastic surgery recovery:

  • Set aside “me time”, find a babysitter, and take a few days off of work. You will most likely be instructed to not lift any heavy objects and not exercise until cleared by your surgeon. Follow all post-op instructions to ensure proper healing.
  • Wear compression garments as instructed by your surgeon. A support bra or other specialty clothing may help your healing process.
  • Know that soreness and swelling are normal and will go away after a few weeks.
  • If you ever feel concerned about your recovery process, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Galumbeck’s office.

Recovering from surgery can be difficult, but the final results will be worth it. If you are getting multiple procedures, talk to Dr. Galumbeck about your plastic surgery options, and whether or not you can combine these procedures into one surgery.

Visit Dr. Galumbeck Today To Learn More

Dr. Galumbeck is one of the most experienced surgeons in the Virginia Beach area. Call 757-394-8476 today to set up your complimentary consultation. Don’t wait to get started on the road to a new you!

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant Is Among The Best Breast Implants Available

IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant Is Among The Best Breast Implants Available

New Data Shows Breast Implant Safety Statistics

Recently released CORE study data from the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant shows a substantially lower risk of major complications compared to silicone gel breast implants. The company behind the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has also released reports showing an increase in demand for the implant, which was first introduced to the market in 2014. Dr. Matthew Galumbeck, an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon, tells us, “I think really the IDEAL IMPLANT has taken off because it makes sense.” The IDEAL IMPLANT eliminates concerns over “silent rupture” with silicone gel implants, but offers a similar look and feel. With the newest statistics showing a lower risk of major complications, the IDEAL IMPLANT is considered one of the best breast implants available.


Breast Implant Rupture Rates

Breast implant rupture happens when the outer shell of an implant forms a hole. In breast implants filled with saline, the implant will begin to deflate. The saline is then naturally absorbed by the body while the shell is easily removed by a surgeon. For women with silicone gel implants, an implant rupture means the silicone gel may leak out of the shell. Silicone gel is not absorbed by the body, and could either migrate away from the breast or stay close inside the capsule. A “silent rupture” happens when a silicone gel implant ruptures but causes no symptoms, meaning many women to continue their normal life with a ruptured breast implant. To avoid problems that may stem from a ruptured silicone gel implant, the FDA recommends an MRI every two years in order to detect silent ruptures.

Choosing a breast implant with a low risk of rupture will help you avoid future surgeries. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant will also give you peace of mind because a rupture can be immediately detected without the need for an MRI. The risk of implant rupture or deflation with IDEAL IMPLANT at 8 years after primary breast augmentation is only 2.1%. In comparison, the rupture risk of some of the top silicone gel implants are 7.4% in Allergan, 13.6% in Mentor, and 7.2% in Sientra, based on MRI scans. Breast implant safety concerns should be taken seriously by your plastic surgeon. Dr. Galumbeck is dedicated to educating his patients on the benefits and compromises of each implant type. Before every surgery, Dr. Galumbeck lays out the options available and discusses what each means in long run.

Capsular Contracture Rates

Capsular contracture is a potential breast implant complication that happens when the body forms scar tissue around a breast implant. This can cause the implant to become firm, displace, cause pain, and require revision to remove and replace the implant. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant has proven that it is one of the best breast implants on the market with the newest capsular contracture statistics. Rates of Baker class III/IV capsular contracture at 8 years after primary augmentation were 6.6% with the IDEAL IMPLANT.  Capsular contracture rates of silicone gel implants are higher at 16.2% in Allergan (7 yr), 10.9% in Mentor (8 yr), and 11.2% in Sientra (8 yr).

Patient Choice Trends Toward The IDEAL IMPLANT

Along with the above breast implant safety statistics, IDEAL IMPLANT has reported growing popularity with an increase in demand. The IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant is only available from exclusive board-certified surgeons in the US and Canada to ensure safety and quality for every patient. Dr. Matthew Galumbeck not only offers the IDEAL IMPLANT, he has been named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because of his extensive experience using the implant. He has seen the IDEAL IMPLANT grow in popularity at his practice, with more women specifically requesting it. Dr. Galumbeck tells us, “I give the patient the opportunity to select what breast implant they want. I say, ‘Here are your options, these are the pros and cons, and you can pick what you want.’ And women are picking the IDEAL IMPLANT because it is a very common sense kind of thing.” Women are realizing they do not have to sacrifice beautiful results for peace of mind. The IDEAL IMPLANT provides natural looking results, peace of mind, and proven lower rates of complications.

Choosing The Best Breast Implants For You

Breast enhancement, like any cosmetic surgery, should give you a feeling of freedom and confidence in yourself. If you feel anxious about potential complications after surgery, then you have just traded one insecurity for another. Choose a breast implant that gives you confidence. At Galumbeck Plastic Surgery, Dr. Galumbeck and his staff work hard to make sure you get the results you want, and that your life is changed for the better. Dr. Galumbeck says, “We really want to ask the patient ‘how are we going to be able to help you?’ We’re working for them, and my staff is great at really building relationships. Because everybody has a different reason for what they want to do and how they want to do it.” There is no one-size-fits-all in cosmetic surgery, and with Dr. Galumbeck you will always be given individual attention.

If you’re curious about breast implant safety, visit To schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Galumbeck, call 757-394-8476.

Choosing The Best Plastic Surgeon For Your Procedures


The Best Plastic Surgeon For Your Best Self

Women are responsible for running the show, at work, home, and everywhere in between. They are the ones present to lead meetings and put band-aids on skinned knees. They are caretakers, leaders, and innovators. But all of this is only possible when women first take care of themselves. Being happy, healthy, and satisfied with your own life means you can give of yourself to others. Issues like excess skin after pregnancy or weight loss don’t go away with diet and exercise, and can cause anxiety and self-esteem issues. Plastic surgery can be the answer for women who want to be the best version of themselves. The first step toward a new and improved self is choosing a plastic surgeon who is skilled enough to perform your procedures and provide you with newfound confidence.


How To Find A Plastic Surgeon

Finding the right plastic surgeon can be daunting. With so many choices how do you know which one will give you the results you are looking for? Below are a few tips from Dr. Matthew Galumbeck, a board-certified Plastic Surgeon in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

  • Is the plastic surgeon board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?  
  • How many procedures have they done?  
  • Look at before and after pictures of that physician’s patients, either on their website or in the office.
  • Feel comfortable with the plastic surgeon.

Before choosing a plastic surgeon, visit their office for a consultation to evaluate your comfort level. Bring any questions you have about your procedures, and pay attention to how they address any concerns you have.

Dr. Matthew Galumbeck has over 25 years of clinical experience, and has performed over 5,000 procedures. He provides his patients with the latest surgical technologies in a state of the art surgical center so they can get the results they are looking for. Patients often remark that Dr. Galumbeck listens to their concerns and puts them at ease before their procedures.

Surgeon Recommendations: How To Decide Which Surgeries To Undergo

Some women imagine a plastic surgery consultation as a way for plastic surgeons to point out “problem areas” and recommend expensive procedures, even if you don’t want those procedures. With the best plastic surgeons, such as Dr. Galumbeck, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Dr. Galumbeck takes the time to respectfully listen to your concerns and hear your goals. He will use his professional expertise to make recommendations in order to reach those goals. If your desire is an increased bust size you may think a breast augmentation is all you need. But after taking into consideration your size, shape, and desired results, Dr. Galumbeck may recommend a combined breast augmentation and breast lift. When you choose a surgeon who makes you feel comfortable and listens to your concerns you can be confident you will get the best results possible.

Choosing A Plastic Surgeon Who Can Combine Procedures

If you are getting plastic surgery in multiple areas, think about combining individual procedures into one cosmetic surgery. One surgery means less time away for things like appointments, and a faster recovery. Some examples of procedures that can be combined to fit your specific needs are:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift (Mastopexy)
  • Liposuction
  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

The above procedures may be included in a “Mommy Makeover,” a common procedure for women who have had children. Pregnancy affects things like body shape and and fat distribution, while breastfeeding can change the size and shape of your breasts. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight and wish to get rid of sagging skin or even out fat distribution can use the above procedures, as well as others such as a buttock lift and upper arm lift. You deserve to have your individual needs met, there is no “one size fits all” plastic surgery. The best plastic surgeon for you will help you determine what your goals are and decide which procedures will help you reach them.

Discover Your Potential With Dr. Matthew Galumbeck

Dr. Matthew Galumbeck prides himself on providing a safe and relaxing environment for women to explore what they really want from their bodies. He is open and honest about what can and cannot be achieved through plastic surgery. Your lifestyle also plays a role in what plastic surgery procedures you recieve. A hectic schedule may only allow for one procedure, and combining procedures will help you get the most out of a single surgery. Some women aren’t good candidates for multiple procedures, or may feel uncomfortable with a combination surgery. Whatever your individual needs are it is important that you feel empowered to make the right choice for your body, and Dr. Galumbeck is here to help you do that.

Dr. Galumbeck is one of the most experienced board-certified plastic surgeons in the Virginia Beach area. He has received extensive training in cosmetic techniques, including body contouring in Paris. He was recently named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon because of his extensive work with the newest breast implant, the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implant. With Dr. Galumbeck you know you are choosing a plastic surgeon who cares for your needs above all else. To learn more and get started on the road to a new you today, call 757-320-4115 for a complimentary consultation.

Finding Protection From Breast Augmentation Revision Costs


What benefits do you get when you choose the IDEAL IMPLANT® Structured Breast Implants? You may know about the aesthetic benefits, including natural looking results and a lower occurrence of rippling. The IDEAL IMPLANT also provides peace of mind with only saline inside, and a low risk of rupture and capsular contracture, two of the leading causes of revision surgery. Now, the IDEAL IMPLANT provides women with increased protection from financial strain that may happen in the future. The IDEAL IMPLANT® Premium Protection Plan is a unique plan that gives women protection from costs associated with breast implant complications. This protection plan is renewable, and only available through IDEAL IMPLANT surgeons. Women in Virginia Beach can visit Dr. Matthew Galumbeck to get the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant. Not only is Dr. Galumbeck one of the exclusive surgeons in Virginia Beach to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, he is also one of the most experienced surgeons in the nation, and was recently named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon.

Why You Need Protection For The Future

Breast augmentation, like other elective cosmetic procedures, is not typically covered by insurance companies. This extends to complications from your surgery as well. Even if the complication leads to a medically necessary revision, you will be left responsible for any costs associated with your augmentation. Although your risk of complications is lower with certain implants, such as the IDEAL IMPLANT, you never know what the future holds. You could be spending as much as $10,000 to cover expenses from revision surgeries. Now the IDEAL IMPLANT Premium Protection Plan gives women added peace of mind with best in class protection from future breast implant related costs.

Compare The IDEAL IMPLANT Protection Plans

The basic protection plan is a limited warranty and is automatically provided with IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants. This basic plan includes:

  • Up to $3,500 financial assistance for 10 years in the event of an implant rupture.
  • Free replacement of IDEAL IMPLANTS in the event of a rupture for life.
  • Free replacement of IDEAL IMPLANTS in the event of capsular contracture for 10 years.

With the IDEAL IMPLANT Premium Protection Plan you get the following:

  • $10,000 for the first 60 days post-op to cover bleeding, blood clots, infection, anesthesia, and wound healing.
  • $5,000 for lifetime protection from deflation, capsular contracture, insertional scar revision and related events.
  • Free replacement of IDEAL IMPLANTS in the event of a rupture for life.
  • Free replacement of IDEAL IMPLANTS in the event of capsular contracture for 10 years.

With the IDEAL IMPLANT women get beautiful, natural looking results, instant rupture detection, and now with the Premium Protection Plan, a lifetime of financial protection. The IDEAL IMPLANT offers women peace of mind in every area so they can fully enjoy their lives.

Protection Plan Costs

The basic protection plan is provided to every woman with IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants, there is no need to enroll and no fee to pay. The Premium Protection Plan can be obtained through your board-certified plastic surgeon before your breast augmentation at only $189 for a primary augmentation, or $249 if you are exchanging implants. Yearly renewal can be done through your plastic surgeon at $79 per year. This affordable plan is provided by Ironshore Insurance, a Liberty Mutual Company, which is a AAA rated insurer.

Beauty, Confidence, Peace Of Mind

Your breast augmentation should not cause you added stress now or in the future. Women with the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant can rest easy knowing they have an implant that provides them beauty, confidence, and peace of mind in every area of life. The internal structure provides a beautiful, natural looking result. Saline inside gives women peace of mind that if a rupture occurs the saline will be naturally absorbed by the body. And now the Premium Protection Plan offers confidence that you are financially protected from future complications. To learn more about the Premium Protection Plan, including the FAQs, visit the webpage

Dr. Matthew Galumbeck: The Experience Women Need For Breast Augmentation

Dr. Matthew Galumbeck in Virginia Beach, Virginia provides women with an unparalleled plastic surgery experience. With over 25 years of experience and more than 5,000 procedures performed, Dr. Galumbeck is the choice for those wanting safe and efficient plastic surgery. In addition, Dr. Galumbeck strives to provide aesthetically pleasing results drawing from his extensive training and his artistic eye. Dr. Galumbeck is proud to provide the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implants for patients who desire a natural looking result with lower rates of complications. Visit Dr. Galumbeck to learn more about the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant, and the Premium Protection Plan. Call the office at 757-320-4115 to set up your complimentary consultation today.

The Importance of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery Training


How do you choose the right surgeon for your breast augmentation? If you’re searching “plastic surgeons near me” you may be overwhelmed with the options available. How can you determine a surgeon’s skill level and commitment to safety? How can you be sure you will love your results? Your cosmetic procedures should be performed by a surgeon with attention to detail, high standards of safety, and an sense of artistry. Find out why looking for a board-certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Matthew Galumbeck in Virginia Beach, is the best place to start.


Training In Plastic Surgery: Is It Necessary?

Why do you need a surgeon trained in plastic surgery to perform your breast augmentation? Surgeons who have been trained in other surgical specialties may be able to perform your surgery, but without more specific training, they will not be familiar with the ins and outs of your procedure. They may not know the safest and most efficient way to place breast implants, or how to avoid common complications. A plastic surgeon has completed a residency where they have seen and performed surgeries specific to the field in which they will work. Plastic surgeons have learned techniques and safety measures that other surgeons do not know. You wouldn’t let an optometrist give you heart surgery, so don’t let anyone other than a plastic surgeon perform your cosmetic surgery.


Board-Certification: Why It Matters For Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons in the United States are not required to be board-certified through the American Board of Plastic Surgery. So why should you find a board-certified plastic surgeon? The American Board of Plastic Surgery exists to hold plastic surgeons to a higher standard of care, and provide for certification and continuing education. Women searching for “plastic surgeons near me” should look for this certification as a way to make sure their surgeon is held accountable to these high standards and stays up to date with medical research.

Additionally, cosmetic procedures are typically performed outside the normal medical realm. Cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance companies, and is usually performed in surgical centers instead of hospitals. Surgeons who are in-network with insurance companies are usually required to be board-certified. Many hospitals only hire board-certified surgeons, and require that they maintain superior care with their patients. When you visit a plastic surgeon, it is up to you to check their credentials. Narrowing your search to surgeons who are board-certified will help you pick the best option for your surgery.


Picking Your Surgeon

The following tips will help you narrow down your search for a plastic surgeon.

  • Is Your Surgeon Board-Certified: Find out if they are board-certified or board-eligible. Learn if they are members of other medical organizations such as the American Board of Plastic Surgery, or regional organizations.
  • Browse Your Surgeon’s Website: Learn about the procedures they offer, look at before and after pictures, and read your surgeon’s bio. All of this information can give you a glimpse into what your surgeon is like.
  • Read Reviews: Check websites such as or to see what patients have said about your surgeon.
  • Schedule A Consultation: Finally, schedule a consultation. Learning about a surgeon on the internet is the first step, but there is no substitute for a face-to-face meeting. Your plastic surgeon should listen to your needs and make you feel at ease.


Finding a surgeon that offers the IDEAL IMPLANT Structured Breast Implant can also give you insight into their level of patient care. The IDEAL IMPLANT is only offered by board-certified plastic surgeons who are committed to offering the best options for their patients. IDEAL IMPLANT surgeons have listened to their patient’s concerns and sought out an option that provides both natural results and peace of mind. Some surgeons may be skilled in plastic surgery, but if they don’t listen to their patient’s concerns their patients won’t get the results they want.


Dr Matthew Galumbeck: Superior Results For The Whole Self

Women in and around Virginia Beach, Virginia have access to one of the top plastic surgeons in the nation. Dr. Matthew Galumbeck is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Duke University. He completed his residency in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and trained in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Galumbeck also received advanced training in body contouring in Paris.


Dr. Galumbeck is known for listening to his patient’s concerns and striving to treat their whole selves. He is the founder of Spa Phoenix, the area’s first doctor directed medispa. The spa environment is one he maintains at his plastic surgery office, giving his patients a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Dr. Galumbeck knows it is important to listen to each individual patient’s wants and needs in order to provide them with the results they are looking for. He was one of the first surgeons in the area to offer the IDEAL IMPLANT, and was recently named an IDEAL IMPLANT Premier Surgeon.


To schedule your plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Galumbeck, call 757-330-8421 today.