Exparel Injection

Are you looking to combine your plastic surgery procedure with an Exparel shot for pain management?

Have you been wanting that flat stomach of your dreams and been interested in getting a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) for some time now, but have been worried about the recovery from the surgery? Good news is surgeons can now offer you an Exparel Injection that drastically mitigates post-surgery pain within the first days of recovery.

Here at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery we want you to look your best, and we also want you to feel your best. So if the discomfort following a tummy tuck procedure is inhibiting you from making the decision to go after that slim silhouette you have been seeking an Exparel Injection given by your surgeon during your procedure is a non-opioid pain reliever that has long-lasting effects to help ease pain and discomfort following surgery.

The South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery has been delivering the highest-quality cosmetic surgery procedures for more than 15 years. Here we know that trust in who performs your procedures is important, and the expertise of our highly trained doctors and top-tier service by our patient advocates is reflected in the glowing reviews of over 10,000 patients. We are always committed to making you look and feel your best.

Starting at $700

  • Helps to mitigate pain post-surgery
  • Time-delayed to last for multiple days
  • A non-opioid option for pain relief
  • Hyper-localized pain treatment that doesn’t affect the entire body

The Exparel Injection is offered at $700, which does not include the cost of your surgery and/or the anesthesia or other surgeon fees. An extensive consultation will provide more specific financial cost information, and as always our surgeons and staff are available to answer any questions. 

Here at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, we also understand that cosmetic procedures come with a cost.  We have always been committed to helping our patients find the most convenient payment method for their procedures, and we have partnerships with three third-party financing companies to offer flexible payment plans with instant approval based upon your credit score. Along with an accredited, long-standing network of experienced physicians and vendors, as well as agreements with competitive lenders we are confident that we can secure a payment option that will be comfortable for you and your lifestyle.


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The Exparel Injection Process


During your initial consultation for your abdominoplasty, your surgeon will determine your candidacy for that surgery as well as whether an Exparel Injection would be ideal for you. At your appointment please be prepared to submit your complete medical history, as well as all medications you may be taking, a list of allergies, as well as any documentation of previous surgeries. Afterwards there is an extensive physical examination complete with blood tests, before the South Florida Center staff takes photographs and reviews your surgical plan. In preparing for the procedure, important instructions will be provided for you including cautions about consuming certain foods, medications, or alcohol. Certain protocols for hygienic purposes will also be given.


Exparel is given as an injection by your board-certified and highly skilled surgeon near the site of any incisions during your tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) procedure. The appropriate dosage of this non-opioid pain relief medication will be determined during a prior conversation with your surgeon.


Your recovery will be specifically based upon the recovery of your tummy tuck procedure; however the Exparel Shot is completely intended to aid in the speed and comfort of your recovery post-surgery. Please refer to the specific recommendations for the recovery process intended for your procedure, and as always our skilled surgeons and dedicated patient advocates are available to help guide you.

Post Surgery

As with any of our procedures here at the South Florida Center for Cosmetic Surgery, following your procedure the follow-ups appointments are: one day, one week, and one month after the procedure. After that visit, further appointments will be advised by the doctor.

Exparel is a medication that is delivered to help mitigate the pain or discomfort that could be related to the incision points during a cosmetic surgery, and in this case an abdominoplasty, or tummy tuck.

Generally speaking, Exparel is a great addition to a tummy tuck procedure in terms of pain mitigation, but the candidacy as well as the dosage will be determined during a consultation with your surgeon.

Exparel is a very safe medication, but with any kind of localized pain-reliever there could be side effects, including the possibility of nausea, stomach upset, or fever. Please consult your surgeon or our staff and patient advocates about the possible side-effects further. 

No, an Exparel Injection is not in the opioid family of medications, and is not addictive. It is a localized pain reliever, which is why it is now offered.

Since 2012 there have been over 5 million patients that have experienced the relief that Exparel delivers. Like with any medication please do not hesitate to discuss any questions or concerns with our staff.

Yes; however you will need to designate another adult to pick you up from our center as well as stay with you for a minimum of 24 hours post surgery, and to return you for your first post-procedure appointment. If you have any questions about planning concerning your procedure please speak with a staff member.

EXPAREL® (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) is indicated for single-dose infiltration in patients aged 6 years and older to produce postsurgical local analgesia and in adults as an interscalene brachial plexus nerve block to produce postsurgical regional analgesia. Safety and efficacy have not been established in other nerve blocks.

  • EXPAREL is contraindicated in obstetrical paracervical block anesthesia.
  • Adverse reactions reported in adults with an incidence greater than or equal to 10% following EXPAREL administration via infiltration were nausea, constipation, and vomiting; adverse reactions reported in adults with an incidence greater than or equal to 10% following EXPAREL administration via interscalene brachial plexus nerve block were nausea, pyrexia, and constipation.
  • Adverse reactions with an incidence greater than or equal to 10% following EXPAREL administration via infiltration in pediatric patients six to less than 17 years of age were nausea, vomiting, constipation, hypotension, anemia, muscle twitching, vision blurred, pruritus, and tachycardia.
  • If EXPAREL and other non-bupivacaine local anesthetics, including lidocaine, are administered at the same site, there may be an immediate release of bupivacaine from EXPAREL. Therefore, EXPAREL may be administered to the same site 20 minutes after injecting lidocaine.
  • EXPAREL is not recommended to be used in the following patient populations: patients <6 years old for infiltration, patients younger than 18 years old for interscalene brachial plexus nerve block, and/or pregnant patients.
    Because amide-type local anesthetics, such as bupivacaine, are metabolized by the liver, EXPAREL should be used cautiously in patients with hepatic disease.

  • Avoid additional use of local anesthetics within 96 hours following administration of EXPAREL.
  • EXPAREL is not recommended for the following types or routes of administration: epidural, intrathecal, regional nerve blocks other than interscalene brachial plexus nerve block, or intravascular or intra-articular use.
  • The potential sensory and/or motor loss with EXPAREL is temporary and varies in degree and duration depending on the site of injection and dosage administered and may last for up to 5 days, as seen in clinical trials.

  • Central Nervous System (CNS) Reactions: There have been reports of adverse neurologic reactions with the use of local anesthetics. These include persistent anesthesia and paresthesia. CNS reactions are characterized by excitation and/or depression.
  • Cardiovascular System Reactions: Toxic blood concentrations depress cardiac conductivity and excitability, which may lead to dysrhythmias, sometimes leading to death.
  • Allergic Reactions: Allergic-type reactions (eg, anaphylaxis and angioedema) are rare and may occur as a result of hypersensitivity to the local anesthetic or to other formulation ingredients.
  • Chondrolysis: There have been reports of chondrolysis (mostly in the shoulder joint) following intra-articular infusion of local anesthetics, which is an unapproved use.
  • Methemoglobinemia: Cases of methemoglobinemia have been reported with local anesthetic use.

Please refer to full Prescribing Information.

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