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31 Oct 2013

Lidocaine Allergy - The Sleeping Giant

Stephen Wassall

Modern dermal fillers often have lidocaine blended with them. Lidocaine is a local anaesthetic and it is mixed with the filler to reduce the disconmfort of injections. there is no doubt that this is effective and clients universally find injections fillers blended with lidocaine much more comfortable.

However, some people have an allergy to lidocaine. This most commonly will manifest as a skin rash but in some situations anaphylaxis can occur. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening emergency. It often presents with flushing and itching and is quickly followed by feelings of anxiety and increasing shortness of breath. If untreated a patient will quickly lose consciousness and may suffer brain damage or die. The lady in the picture had an allergy to lidocaine injected prior to a biopsy. This is a severe skin reaction and requires medical management.

It is vital that anybody administering dermal filler injections with lidocaine has the ability and the resources to deal with this rare but serious risk. It is possibly somebody will die as the result of an anaphylactic reaction from receiving dermal filler.

Issues you need to consider:

  • Dermal fillers are medical treatments. Medical treatments should be performed in Medical Clinics.
  • Doctors are trained to treat anaphylaxis. Nuses are trained to assist in treating anaphylaxis but are not qualified to treat it unassisted. 
  • Resuscitation treatment should be available. To treat anaphylaxis oxygen, adrenaline, intravenous fluids and a defibrillator need to be available. If they are not available precious minutes will be lost whilst waiting for an ambulance.



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  • SAFETY: A genuine medical clinic offering safety, discretion, hygiene, sterility and the ability to deal with emergencies. These standards are not available in Beauty Salons with visiting practitioners.
  • VALUE: The best prices for injectable cosmetic treatments performed by a doctor on the Central Coast.
  • EXPERIENCE: Dr Wassall has been practising Cosmetic Medicine since 2002 and has performed over 10 000 procedures.
  • REWARDS: Cosmetic clients of Skin Integrity will also have the option of receiving access to Special Offers and Promotions. These include discounts on anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers.