Lipoabdominoplasty: Combining the Best of Both Worlds

Do you want to eliminate stubborn fat deposits from your midsection? Do you also want to remove loose skin that has lost its elasticity from your abdominal area? In addition, do you wish you could improve the muscle tone of your severely weakened stomach muscles?

If you have a multiplicity of aesthetic concerns regarding your abdominal profile, lipo-abdominoplasty with Union / Essex County plastic surgeon Dr. Erwin Bulan may be right for you.

What Traditional Tummy Tuck Treats

The natural aging process, hereditary factors, major weight loss and pregnancy can cause the skin in the abdominal area to lose elasticity and hang off the body. Pregnancy can also cause abdominal muscles to become extremely weak or even separated. Traditional abdominoplasty (“tummy tuck” surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure designed to improve these aesthetic issues.

With traditional tummy tuck, Dr. Bulan first creates a horizontal incision in the pubic area that extends from hipbone to hipbone. He makes the incision in an inconspicuous place that can be easily concealed by an underwear or bikini line. Dr. Bulan then tightens weakened or separated stomach muscles by strategically placing sutures in the connective tissue that supports the abdominal muscles. This often gives the appearance of “six-pack” abdominal muscles. He next eliminates excess abdominal skin and adjusts the navel to align with the newly contoured abdomen before closing the original incision with stitches.

How Lipoabdominoplasty Differs From Traditional Tummy Tuck

Tummy tuck alone can help correct lax skin and weakened muscles throughout the midsection. By itself, however, tummy tuck surgery does not address any excess fat that may be in the area. That is where lipoplasty, or liposuction surgery, comes in.

With lipo-abdominoplasty, Dr. Bulan adds liposuction to traditional abdominoplasty to get “lipo-abdominoplasty.” The combination of techniques allows Dr. Bulan to contour the abdominal profile better than he can with tummy tuck alone.

More About Liposuction

During liposuction, Dr. Bulan makes a small incision in the targeted area. He then inserts a cannula (a thin, hollow tube), which suctions out unwanted fat from under the skin. Often, Dr. Bulan uses power-assisted vibrations or laser energy to facilitate the fat removal.

By combining liposuction with abdominoplasty, Dr. Bulan can avoid making secondary incisions in the treated area because he uses the incision that he has already created for abdominoplasty. Thus, he can further sculpt the treated area for a flatter, firmer abdominal profile without the need for a separate surgical procedure and the added recovery time that a separate procedure entails.

Finding a Qualified Plastic Surgeon to Perform This Advanced Technique

Because lipo-abdominoplasty is an advanced plastic surgery technique, it is imperative that you undergo the procedure with a well-qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure a minimal risk of complications and optimum results. Avoid having this procedure with a general surgeon, bariatric surgeon, dermatologist or other specialty physician who is not certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the only recognized Board Certification in Plastic Surgery by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

In addition to being board certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Bulan has a decade of plastic surgery experience, was named a Top Doctor in Plastic Surgery by New Jersey Family magazine and the Consumer Research Council, and was honored with the Medical Society of New Jersey Physicians’ Recognition Award. Each year, he attracts many plastic surgery Essex County, Morris County and Union County patients.

Thanks to Dr. Bulan’s extensive expertise with advanced plastic surgery procedures, you can feel confident in his ability to give you a slimmer, taut abdominal profile with lipo-abdominoplasty!

Let Dr. Bulan Help You!

Major weight loss, pregnancy and other milestones in life should give you added respect for your body, not detract from it. Do not let excess fat or skin, or weakened stomach muscles, stop you from loving your body. Let Dr. Bulan help you love your body again! Contact Dr. Bulan by calling Bulan Plastic Surgery at (973) 467-9744 today, and get one step closer to six-pack abs!