Why Exparel is the Best Medication for Surgical Pain Skip to main content
4Beauty Aesthetic Institute

Why Exparel is the Best Medication for Surgical Pain Management

Posted June 21, 2023 in Plastic Surgery, Plastic Surgery Trends, Recovery

Exparel Pain Management

For a long time, surgeons have prescribed opioid analgesic drugs for surgical pain management. However, like most other medications, opioids have adverse side effects and risks for misuse and addiction. Fortunately, Exparel has been considered the best pain management alternative.

What is an Exparel Injection?

An Exparel injection is a local injectable anesthetic commonly used for postoperative pain management. It is formulated with bupivacaine, an anesthetic encapsulated in liposomes — liquid-based vesicles. This unique formulation allows for the slow release of bupivacaine for an extended period. By using Exparel, patients will greatly reduce the need for opioids.

What is Exparel Used For?

Exparel is an FDA-approved drug that is used as local analgesia. Exparel is injected into certain areas of the patient’s body to numb them so they don’t feel pain. It is also used as a nerve block. Exparel nerve block helps block certain nerves from sending pain signals inside a patient’s body.

Does Exparel Really Work?

Yes! Exparel has been touted as an effective pain management drug. Clinical studies and real-world evidence have shown its efficacy in managing pain after surgical procedures. The liposomal formulation of Exparel allows for the slow release of bupivacaine, providing continuous pain relief at the surgical site.

However, it’s important to note that the effectiveness of Exparel varies depending on several factors, including the patient’s response to the medication use of complementary medications or techniques.

How is Exparel Administered?

Exparel is administered as an injection by a qualified healthcare professional experienced in its use. The injection is done under sterile conditions to avoid the risk of infection. The administration technique varies depending on the surgical procedure and the surgeon’s preference. 

For instance, a surgeon may inject Exparel directly into the surgical site or surrounding tissue or inject near specific nerves that transmit pain signals from the surgical site.

How Long Does Exparel Last?

Clinical studies indicate that Exparel results can last 24 to 72 hours. However, this will vary depending on your dosage and surgery type.

Exparel for Plastic Surgery

Exparel is commonly used in plastic surgery procedures to provide postoperative pain relief. Plastic surgery encompasses a wide range of procedures, including breast augmentation or reduction, faceliftstummy tucksliposuction and more.

Exparel for Tummy Tuck Surgery

Exparel is commonly used in tummy tuck surgery to provide postoperative pain relief. A tummy tuck involves the removal of excess fat and skin from the abdominal area and the tightening of the abdominal muscles, resulting in a more toned appearance. Many plastic surgeons tummy tucks with Exparel to provide prolonged pain control.

best medication for surgical pain

Exparel for Liposuction

Liposuction Exparel injection aims to provide postoperative pain relief after the procedure. Liposuction is a surgical procedure aimed at removing excess fat from a specific body area to improve body contours.

How Much Does Exparel Cost

The cost of Exparel varies depending on factors like location, healthcare provider and the specific surgical procedure. Also, the dosage required for each individual can impact the overall cost. The cost of Exparel (1.3% (13.3 mg/mL) is around $914 for a supply of 40 milliliters.

Side Effects of Exparel

Like other drugs, Exparel has side effects that include:

  • Itching
  • Red rash
  • Hives
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Sneezing
  • Severe Dizziness, Swelling of the face, tongue, lips, or throat
  • Tremors
  • Fast or slow heart rate
  • Drowsiness
  • Speech or vision problems
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Constipation

Is Exparel Covered By Medicare?

Exparel is covered by Medicare when used in a surgical procedure on Medicare patients in Medicare-certified Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Benefits of Exparel

Some of the reasons why Exparel may be considered beneficial include:

  • Extended pain relief
  • Reduced need for opioids
  • Enhanced recovery
  • Potential for early discharge

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Mendieta

Exparel is considered some of the best medication for surgical pain management. It has been recommended by the top plastic surgeons in Miami, including Dr. Mendieta of 4Beauty Aesthetic Institute for Plastic Surgery. Learn more about Exparel and the full menu of surgical and non surgical cosmetic procedures available. Call us today at 305-860-0717 to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgery center in Miami. You may also contact us online. We are standing by and looking forward to answering your questions.

Schedule a Consultation
(305) 860-0717 Consultation