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3 Benefits of Using EXPAREL® in Tummy Tucks

When considering a cosmetic procedure like a tummy tuck, postsurgical pain management is a common concern for most people. But a study presented at an annual meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has shown that EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) can significantly reduce discomfort. EXPAREL® is a single-dose local analgesic that can provide pain control for up to 72 hours after surgery, and its benefits have been shown to be far-reaching.

1. Long-Lasting Pain Management

One of the most distinctive benefits of using EXPAREL® for tummy tuck procedures is its ability to last for 72 hours post-op. There’s currently no other single-dose local analgesic that has long-lasting effects, making EXPAREL® the first of its kind. With this pain management option, anxiety about pain following a tummy tuck can be minimized.

2. Low Pain Scores

Not only does it last for a crucial 3-day period following surgery, but EXPAREL® has also been shown to effectively manage pain. People who have been treated with the analgesic reported an average pain score of 4 or less out of 10, and have also reported an average pain management satisfaction score of 3 or greater on a scale from 0 to 4.

3. Minimizes Opioid Use

Because EXPAREL® can be so effective and long-lasting, it can also significantly reduce opioid use to manage postsurgical pain, thus minimizing the adverse side effects associated with pain killers, which can include drowsiness, constipation and nausea.

While EXPAREL® has been shown to significantly reduce post-op pain, some surgeons also suggest taking herbal supplements after surgery to help reduce pain and inflammation. As always, it’s best to discuss your options with your board-certified plastic surgeon, who can address any concerns you might have.

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