Reconstructive Surgery

Reconstruct Your Body and Your Life with Reconstructive Surgery

At Bulan Plastic Surgery in Northern New Jersey, we are honored to offer our medical support to those in need of reconstructive surgery. Dr. Erwin Bulan realizes that the need for reconstructive surgery can be difficult for both the patient and his or her loved ones. As such, he is dedicated to providing his reconstructive surgical services with respect and compassion.

Dr. Bulan performs reconstructive surgery on abnormal body features caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, infection, trauma or disease. The plastic surgeon typically performs reconstructive surgery to improve functionality, but he can also use reconstructive surgery to restore a patient’s appearance. He provides reconstructive surgery for both children and adults.

Dr. Bulan is also extremely proud of being recognized for his care of kids in both congential and trauma plastic surgery.  Being named as one of Northern New Jersey’s Favorite Kids Doc by New Jersey Family Magazine is a testament to his expert care, patience, and bedside manner.

Reconstructive surgery may be covered by insurance, but it is best to contact your individual insurance carrier to obtain specific information about what specific procedures are covered and what level of coverage can be expected.

Although there are many types of reconstructive surgery, the following are some of the common reconstructive surgical procedures that Dr. Bulan offers.

Reconstruction after Trauma

Dr. Bulan performs a multitude of reconstruction soft tissue procedures after trauma such as skin and muscle flaps, as well as skin grafting.  In addition, reconstruction may involve the use of complex maxillofacial plating techniques to restore the facial bones back to symmetry and balance after facial fracture.

Tissue Expansion

Dr. Bulan performs tissue expansion surgery to generate extra skin for use in reconstructing various areas of the body. Although tissue expansion is most frequently used for breast reconstruction after mastectomy, Dr. Bulan can also use the procedure to repair skin damaged by trauma, accidents, surgery or birth defects.

During the tissue expansion procedure, he inserts a silicone balloon under the skin near the region to be repaired. Over time, the balloon is gradually filled with saline (i.e., sterile saltwater solution), causing the skin to stretch and grow.

Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate Repair

A cleft lip is a birth defect in which the upper lip does not completely form during fetal development. A cleft palate refers to the incomplete formation of the roof of the mouth. These conditions can occur exclusively or together; may involve one or both sides of the face; and vary in severity. They are one of the most common birth defects in North America.

Dr. Bulan performs cleft lip or cleft palate reconstructive surgery to restore function and a more normal appearance. Cleft lip or palate repair surgery can help a child eat, speak, breathe and even hear better.

Hand Surgery

Dr. Bulan performs hand surgery to restore function, flexibility and strength in the fingers and wrist. He treats hands that are impaired by trauma or birth defects.

Hand surgery can also treat carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in which there is pressure on the median nerve as it passes through the carpal tunnel at the wrist. This may cause numbness, a tingling sensation, aching or weakness in the fingers and wrist. The onset of carpal tunnel syndrome may occur as a result of rheumatoid arthritis, injury to the carpal tunnel nerve, overuse, repetitive motion or fluid retention during pregnancy.

Another condition treated with hand surgery is Dupuytren’s contracture, a condition in which thick tissue bands form in the palm, sometimes extending into the fingers. This condition causes restricted movement in the area and may bend the fingers into an irregular position.

Breast Reconstruction

Dr. Bulan performs breast reconstruction surgery for patients who have undergone lumpectomy or mastectomy treatment for breast cancer. This form of reconstructive surgery may involve several techniques designed to restore the normal size, shape and appearance of the breasts. Breast reconstruction surgery typically involves rebuilding the breast mound, as well as adding the nipple and areola as needed. Dr. Bulan may accomplish this by taking tissue from another part of the body (i.e., the donor site) to provide added tissue to the breast area, or reconstructing the breast with the use of expanders and breast implants.

Results of breast reconstruction surgery vary, depending on several factors such as how much of the original breast tissue was removed, the patient’s physique, her aesthetic goals and several other determinants. If only one breast was affected by breast cancer treatment, Dr. Bulan can simply reconstruct that breast. Additionally, he can perform breast augmentation with breast implants, breast lift or breast reduction to the opposite breast to provide added symmetry.

Let Us Help You!

Conditions that require reconstructive surgery are never easy. However, Dr. Bulan and the staff want to help. During consultation, Dr. Bulan can explain each procedure in detail, answer any questions you may have, evaluate your unique anatomy and needs, and recommend an appropriate surgical treatment plan.  As a follow-up to reconstruction after trauma, Dr. Bulan continues to use his abilities to further maximize the healing process. We are here to help you reconstruct both your body and your life. To schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bulan, please contact Bulan Plastic Surgery by calling (973) 467-9744 today.