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.
Dr. Glenn M Davis knows that not every patient has the same goals, and applies his years of experience and extensive education to create results that are personal and natural. Focusing mainly on facial plastic surgery procedures in the Raleigh, NC area, Dr. Davis also offers a selection of enhancements for the body and breasts, including abdominoplasty, liposuction, and combination breast lift and augmentation.
Dr. Davis received his medical doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, and trained in general surgery at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. After refining and focusing his surgical technique in a plastic surgery residency at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine in Norfolk, VA, Dr. Davis developed his skills as Assistant Chief of Plastic Surgery at the National Naval Medical Center. Dr. Davis is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, is committed to utilizing the most up-to-date and successful techniques for each of his patients, and serves in leadership roles in multiple local and national plastic surgery organizations. A past president of 3 medical surgical organizations including the Raleigh Academy of Medicine, Dr. Davis has also chaired a number of committees for the American Society of Plastic surgeons, and continues to serve as Clinical Associate PRofessor of Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.