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Should I Avoid The COVID-19 Vaccine If I Have Dermal Fillers?

Published June 22nd, 2021 by Front Desk

COVID-19 Vaccine, Covid vaccination, dermal fillers, cosmetics, botox, immune system

Many of our patients have concerns about getting dermal fillers before or after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine due to recent reports of people with dermal fillers experiencing facial or lip swelling after their COVID vaccinations. One may wonder if these reactions are rare. The short answer is, NO. These are not unique occurrences, nor is this something new. These reactions can occur with the coronavirus vaccine as well as with other common vaccinations such as the influenza vaccine and the flu shot. Dermal fillers can be immunologically triggered by viral and bacterial illness, vaccinations, and dental procedures.

These immunologic reactions don’t occur often and are not usually serious infections. They are simply an indicator that your immune system is still working, recognizing something foreign in your body and reacting to it. However, when these rare interactions between dermal fillers and vaccinations do occur, it can be medically treated with an antihistamine, oral steroids, or sometimes it may even clear up on its own. If this reaction occurs, be sure to call your healthcare provider immediately to determine the right course of action to take. 

So, the question remains: Is it safe to get dermal fillers if I received the vaccine? The short answer is a resounding YES. Considering the very small percentage of patients that had a reaction to the Moderna mRNA vaccine, one should not be discouraged from receiving vaccines of any kind. Patients who have had vaccines should not be precluded from receiving dermal fillers in the future. As a strict rule of thumb, Dr. Horesh, cosmetic practitioner in the integrative medicine department at Omechaye in Hallandale, avoids administering dermal fillers two weeks before or after vaccinations, just to be safe.

So, If you’re planning to get plumped up and vaccinated when you can, be sure to discuss this with your healthcare provider so they can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

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