However, recently, there have been reports of people with dermal fillers experiencing facial or lip swelling after being vaccinated against COVID-19. So, if you’re considering a dermal filler or you’ve been getting one injected regularly, is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine?
What the trials have shown so far
Back in December, according to the FDA in the United States, two cases reported facial swelling after being vaccinated during Moderna’s phase three trial. One person had a dermal filler placed six months before they were vaccinated. The swelling occurred one day after they were vaccinated. The other person had a dermal filler placed two weeks before vaccination and the swelling appeared two days after they were vaccinated.
A third person also reported swelling in the lips two days after being vaccinated. However, we don’t know how long it was between their dermal filler placement and vaccination.
Are these reactions out of the ordinary?
This isn’t something new. Typically, these immunologic reactions are very rare. With flu shots, other bacterial/viral illnesses, vaccines or dental procedures, these are immunologic reactions that are occurring.
They’re not allergies or infections. These are simply immunologic reactions where swelling occurs in places where people have or once had fillers.
It’s still safe to get dermal fillers
Since there were only three trial participants out of 15,184 people (who received at least one dose of Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine) reported reactions related to dermal fillers, our experts at the fillers Toronto clinic are confident that COVID-19 vaccination shouldn’t be something you avoid, even when you have had dermal fillers injected.
However, we recommend you follow a strict rule of thumb for safety. You should avoid receiving dermal fillers two weeks before or after vaccinations just to be safe. If you’re planning to get plumped up and vaccinated when you can, be sure to discuss this with our dermatologist. We can then adjust your treatment plan accordingly.