pain management at Lawrence Iteld, MD plastic surgery There is a lot of information about how to find a good plastic surgeon, but little information about doctors having different approaches in their practices. Here, I want to take a bit of your time to explain what makes my approach different from many other surgeons, especially when it comes to pain management.

Pain Management!

Everyone want patients to have less, or no pain. But, where many doctors use narcotics and/or opioids to keep patients comfortable, I believe there is a better way:

My goal: no pain AND no heavy drugs

For most of my patients, I manage their potential pain without narcotics or opioids, and without bulky pain pumps!

How? You May Wonder

This approach isn’t a specific drug; rather, it’s doing things differently.

  • During surgery, I frequently use a unique long-lasting anesthetic, EXPAREL®, that provides relief for 48-72 hours after surgery. This gets patients over the proverbial “hump.” The concept is that when patients’ pain is adequately controlled, they can more quickly and easily get around, and require less help from friends and family—in short, a better experience. When you wake from surgery, your pain is already managed. By the time the drug is fully absorbed, you are well on your way to being able to handle any residual discomfort with over-the-counter pain relievers.
  • For patients taking advantage of our CoolSculpting services, we have the new CoolAdvantage® handpiece. It’s much more comfortable and has shorter treatment times—only 35 minutes! Patients are getting more cycles during treatment sessions. They are also reporting much less post-treatment soreness. Additionally, most patients are telling us they don’t need any medication following treatment.

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