Monthly Archives: September 2014

Improving Breast Augmentation/Tummy Tuck Recovery with EXPAREL

Pretty adult girl with perfect legsIt’s common for Dr. Samuel Pearl’s Mountain View breast augmentation and tummy tuck candidates to be worried about the surgical recovery period: specifically, what it entails, and whether they will be uncomfortable while healing from surgery. Certain individuals even postpone or avoid having breast or tummy tuck surgery because they are nervous about pain or discomfort during recovery.

Traditionally, the first three days after surgery are the most challenging and uncomfortable. Patients typically manage pain with intravenous or oral narcotics, which can have a highly sedative effect, hamper range of motion and cause uncomfortable gastrointestinal, genitourinary and respiratory side effects.

Dr. Samuel Pearl is pleased to offer his patients a new aid for post-operative pain management. EXPAREL is a single-dose local analgesic that controls pain without the need for catheters, pain pumps or other delivery devices.

Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2011, EXPAREL combines bupivacaine, which causes numbness or a loss of feeling, with DepoFoam, a type of technology that breaks down the medication over time to prolong its effect.

“We followed the development of EXPAREL very closely and were very excited when it became FDA approved,” said Dr. Pearl. We have been using EXPAREL at the Pearl Plastic Surgery Center for more than two years and have been very happy with the reduction in post-operative pain noted by our patients.

EXPAREL is injected around the surgical incisions as well as into and below the pectoral muscle during breast surgery and into the rectus muscle when performing muscle repair during tummy tuck surgery.  It can be used in any type of breast or abdominal surgery with good results. Post-operative pain and discomfort are reduced for up to three days after surgery. “This is a game changer.”

It’s important for Dr. Pearl to have a firm grasp on the medical history of any patient considering EXPAREL. He needs to know about the existing chronic medical conditions, as well as over-the-counter or prescription medications the patient takes or has taken, in order to avoid any complications.

Results of EXCLAIM Study Show Great Outcomes with EXPAREL

At last year’s meeting of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Pacira Pharmaceuticals presented the compelling results of a study on patients treated with EXPAREL. The EXCLAIM study looked at nearly 50 patients undergoing four common plastic surgery procedures: breast augmentation, breast reduction, abdominoplasty and a combination abdominoplasty/breast surgery. Patients reported low pain scores, high satisfaction with pain control and minimal use of opioid medication.

“Based on our findings, use of EXPAREL helps to effectively manage pain during the critically important 72 hours after surgery while reducing the need for opioid medications, which can result in a host of unwanted side effects,” said Dr. Stephan Finical, an EXCLAIM study investigator.

Learn More about Reducing Post-Operative Pain and Discomfort

EXPAREL could help make your breast surgery or tummy tuck recovery a much more comfortable and pleasant experience. If you would like more information about the surgical procedures or EXPAREL, please contact Dr. Pearl today. Call our office at (650) 964-6600 or send us an email at pearlmd@pearlmd.com.

SilkPeel with Dermalinfusion

Beautiful clean cosmetics woman  close up portraitAre you self-conscious about skin imperfections or flaws, or find your complexion lackluster? If so, you may be a great candidate for one of the most exciting developments in skin rejuvenation technology: the SilkPeel Dermalinfusion system, available at the Mountain View plastic surgery practice of Dr. Samuel Pearl. SilkPeel is becoming more and more popular, thanks to its non-invasive approach and incredible results.

Learn more about SilkPeel and what it can achieve. Contact Peggy or Jez to schedule an appointment with Carol, Dr. Pearl’s fabulous and experienced aesthetician, and discuss the treatment in detail.

What Is the SilkPeel?

SilkPeel Dermalinfusion is a non-surgical treatment to improve common flaws in the skin. During SilkPeel treatment, the outer layers of damaged skin are removed to reveal fresh, healthy skin underneath. This is accomplished through gentle exfoliation and the delivery of skin-specific topical serums. Safe and painless, the SilkPeel produces optimal results quickly, without the discomfort and risks associated with more invasive treatment options.

What Can SilkPeel Dermalinfusion Help?

The SilkPeel Dermalinfusion system can treat a variety of skin imperfections, including the following:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Red, blotchy skin
  • Dry, flaky skin
  • Areas of sun damage
  • Acne blemishes and scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven texture

In order to achieve the best results, SilkPeel treatment should only be performed by knowledgeable skincare professionals. Dr. Pearl and our team have many years of experience evaluating the skin problems of a diverse group of patients, and recommending customized solutions. SilkPeel treatment has been a wonderful addition to our skincare repertoire.

What to Expect During Treatment

SilkPeels are performed on an outpatient basis at Dr. Pearl’s practice. Prior to treatment, the facial skin will be thoroughly cleansed and prepped.

First, a topical treatment serum is applied to the skin. The specific formula is chosen based on your unique skin concerns. Then, the SilkPeel handpiece is moved across the face. The handpiece will exfoliate the outer layers of the skin, gently suction away dead skin cells and infuse the skin with the treatment serum. The serum penetrates the outer dermis to nourish the deeper layers of the skin with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Unlike traditional microdermabrasion, the SilkPeel system does not use a crystal or abrasive chemicals, so treatment is comfortable. In fact, most patients have described treatment as a relaxing experience.

SilkPeel treatment does not require any downtime. Following your appointment, you can return to your everyday routine. Be careful to avoid exposing your face to the sun, as it may be slightly sensitive. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your face from the sun’s rays.

After treatment, you will notice your skin feels smoother and looks much more vibrant and lustrous. To maintain your results, our team recommends repeat treatments. We would be happy to put together a customized maintenance schedule for your convenience.

Learn More about SilkPeel Treatment

If you’d like more information about SilkPeel treatment, please contact the team at Dr. Pearl’s office by calling (650) 964-6600 or by sending an email to pearlmd@pearlmd.com.

 

 
 
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