What Might Cause a Skin Rash Following Vaser Liposuction?

Is it an infection or a reaction to the local anesthetic?

Doctor Answers 3

Rash after VASER

If the discoloration is not just limited to the area treated by VASER, then it may be a systemic reaction to a medication; however, if it is limited then it is likely due to the heat generated by the VASER probe especially if it was left on high continuous setting for a long duration too close under the skin. If you have a sensitive skin or history of dermatographism, your skin will likely react to any trauma. You may also have had a localized reaction to the content of the anesthetic solution used in wet or tumescent liposuction techniques common with VASER liposelection. You will need to stay in touch with your surgeon and possibly start on anti-inflammatory medications or topical hydroquinone to help fade the discoloration. 

Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Vaser Liposuction

Skin rashes are often due to the garment or topical medication.  Many topicals contain sulfa and this causes rashes for many people.

Vivek Bansal, MD
Danville Plastic Surgeon
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Without pictures and a more detailed description of your rash  your question is difficult to answer. However, post surgical rash can be caused by a number of factors 1) drug reaction: intraoperative antibiotics, anesthetics, pain medications, post op antibiotics etc 2) contact dermatitis from compression garments, steristrips etc.  So, please call your plastic surgeon and describe the rash if you  are having breathing issues, go to the emergency room. Best of luck Dr. Renucci

John Renucci, MD, FACS
Grand Rapids Plastic Surgeon
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