Facial Fillers and the COVID-19 Vaccine

What Does One Have To Do With The Other And How Will It Affect Me?

If you have received the Covid 19 vaccination, you have likely filled out a routine pre-vaccine questionnaire with a focus on allergies including one question that stood out amongst the rest, ‘Have you received dermal fillers?’

Fillers and The Covid 19 Vaccine. What Does One Have To Do With The Other And How Will It Affect Me?

As we continue to learn more, some analysis connects these rare interactive occurrences to the vaccine’s activation of the immune system. Additional vaccines, the common cold and influenza may also, although very rarely, trigger swelling in filler areas based on the same premise.

Throughout the Covid 19 vaccine’s clinical trials, three participants who received their fillers ranging from 6 months to 2 weeks prior to receiving the vaccine, experienced area swelling from 1- 2 days after receiving the Moderna vaccine. During full distribution of the vaccines from Dec 2020 to Feb 2021, nine similar cases were reported. Three occurred after the first dose of the Moderna dose, five after the second Moderna vaccine, and one after the second Pfizer dose. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was not included in this study, as it was not authorized in time. These 12 reported cases, which have either resolved themselves without intervention or recovered quickly with a simple treatment, are a tiny fraction of the millions of vaccine and dermal filler recipients who have never experienced any adverse reactions.

Dermal fillers are widely used and continue to surge in popularity as they successfully and easily provide lasting results to help patients address their concerns and achieve their goals. Fillers should not prevent anyone from getting the covid 19 vaccine or from getting fillers. All patients should consider the benefits of receiving the vaccine along with the reported risks, and speak to their health care provider regarding any particular concerns.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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