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What is Exparel for Cosmetic Surgery?

Written by
Juli Albright
Updated
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.
Juli is our patient advocate and community connection. She balances work, life and family with grace.

What is Exparel for Cosmetic Surgery?

Exparel is a slow release medication applied directly to the area where the surgery is being performed.  Also known as bupivacaine, Exparel is specially formulated to for sustained release of anesthetic for up to 72 hours after application.  Many patients find it helps manage the pain after surgery and can decrease the use of narcotic pain medications.

Exparel was approved by the FDA in 2011 and the medication has been used in cosmetic and non-cosmetic cases.  Since 2012, over 5 million patients have received Exparel during or after surgery.  It is administered by an anesthesiologist.

It is important for you to speak with your plastic surgeon to design a post-surgical recovery plan which is suited to your needs and help you have a smooth recovery.   

Can you have Anesthesia and Exparel?

Dr. William Albright aims to ensure that his patients in San Antonio and Austin have minimal pain and have a very smooth recovery from anesthesia.  He works almost exclusively with Dr. Raymond Brewer who has been doing anesthesia for over 30 years and strives to ensure patients have the fewest side effects from general anesthesia.  

Often the anesthesiologist who administers the general anesthesia also will administer medications during and post-surgery to help you handle the pain and nausea.  

Should you Pay for Exparel for your Cosmetic Surgery?

In some cases, Exparel may be advised by your plastic surgeon if any history of opioid abuse or issues.  As you may have heard on the news, opioid painkillers have an addition potential and it is very important following your surgery to not stay on them for longer than a few days.  

In some cases for those that are worried about the pain after surgery, your plastic surgeon may recommend Exparel as well as another pain mediation strategy.  It can cost anywhere from $300-$1,000 additional. 

Exceptional Recovery After Exceptional Procedures

William Albright, MD at Alamo Plastic Surgery has been recognized as San Antonios Best Cosmetic Surgery in the field of plastic surgery. As an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon, he provides incredible results to patients in Bexar County and all over the state of Texas. Dr. Albright enjoys working with each of his patients to develop an individualized plan to help them achieve their goals. 

If you are considering plastic surgery and would like to explore Exparel as a post-surgical pain reduction aid, contact Alamo Plastic Surgery to set up your initial consultation today.

Written by
Juli Albright
Updated

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