Exparel® & The Post-Surgical Pain Management
Breast augmentation procedures are some of the most common plastic surgeries performed in Houston and the surrounding areas The procedure requires a general anesthetic How soon you can return to your regular activity after the surgery depends on what your normal activity entails Typically,... | Read More
Breast augmentation procedures are some of the most common plastic surgeries performed in Houston and the surrounding areas. The procedure requires a general anesthetic.
How soon you can return to your regular activity after the surgery depends on what your normal activity entails. Typically, most women go back to work within a few days. If you have a demanding job that requires a lot of physical exertion, it may be better for you to wait a bit longer. Pain is regulated with opiate-based prescription medications.
The EXPAREL® Injection
Advances in plastic surgery techniques are being made all the time. Researchers and plastic surgeons strive to streamline procedures and make the recovery times quicker and less painful.
There is a relatively new analgesic that is applied locally with a single injection during the surgery called the EXPAREL® injection. The use of this injection means a significant reduction in pain medication prescribed post-surgery. Compared to others, EXPAREL® can also avoid the unwanted side effects caused by most prescription pain medications that are narcotic-based.
Since the first few days after surgery is when pain is at its worst and should be managed effectively, the use of EXPAREL® injection gets in. It is slowly released into the breasts after surgery for over 72 hours. The result is a pain-free breast augmentation, which is nothing short of remarkable. It also guarantees a faster return to work and normal activities.
Higher Satisfaction w/ the Pain Management Process
Fear about postoperative pain is a very common and normal emotion, and one of the reasons why people often hesitate to undergo surgeries. There are specific cosmetic procedures that have more pain associated with them than others. It has been shown that when EXPAREL® is used, minimal opiate drugs are required. There is overall higher satisfaction with the pain management process. Patients report lower pain scores. Pain is greatly reduced, making the idea of the procedures more palatable to individuals that need them.
No Hindrance to the Healing Process
EXPAREL® is the first single-dose local pain medication that controls pain for up to 72 hours. The FDA approved it in 2011. One obvious benefit of EXPAREL® breast augmentation is that aside from the reduction in pain, there is a reduced need for pain pumps, which are used in the postoperative recovery period. Data from numerous studies indicate that EXPAREL® is safe and shows no hindrance to the healing process, and produces no difficulty with the implants.
Plastic Surgery is becoming Safer
You will still need to follow your plastic surgeons’ guidelines for the recovery period. You can anticipate some swelling and soreness, and you will even need to wear a surgical bra. Avoid heavy lifting for a period of up to approximately four weeks. If you are in the appropriate age group, you should continue with mammograms.
With advances in treatments, procedures, and postoperative pain management, plastic surgery is becoming safer and more useful than ever before.
There is no reason to fear postoperative pain. It can now be managed in a very comprehensive and effective way.
*This blog is created and maintained for informational purposes only. The images present may not accurately reflect actual cases per individual. Individual cases are unique, and the descriptions and solutions will vary per patient.