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COVID -19 vaccine distribution efforts have taken a rapid hold across the country as more Americans wait for their turn to be vaccinated. Even as the rollout continues, there have been rumors going around about how the vaccine may not be safe for people with facial fillers.
Facial fillers are a popular cosmetic procedure that smooths out wrinkles and plumps up the cheeks and lips.
According to the FDA, two people with cosmetic fillers experienced facial swelling during the phase 3 trials of the Moderna vaccine. Many patients have raised concerns about the issue, with some questioning whether they should still get the vaccine or skip it altogether.
While the potential reactions or side effects are not a sufficient reason to warn against getting the COVID-19 vaccine, patients who have received facial fillers should be aware of it.
Here is what you need to know.
Why Might Facial Fillers Be Affected by the Vaccine?
The exact reason these patients were affected by the vaccine is unclear at this point, but it is likely related to the fact that there is a cross-reactive substance between the vaccine and the ingredients in the filler. When your immune system is activated after taking the vaccine, it may treat the dermal filler as a foreign substance in the body, causing an inflammatory reaction.
Remember, your immune system is designed to counteract any foreign substance. This is not a rare occurrence—as the reaction can also happen with other types of vaccines.
Luckily, these side effects are temporary and can be easily managed with antihistamines or oral steroids. If you should experience any reaction, it is strongly recommended that you notify your physician right away so that they can determine the best course of action.
Additionally, as an extra measure of safety, patients should only get dermal fillers from board-certified physicians who are experts in administering fillers and managing complications that may arise.
Is It Still Safe to Get Dermal Fillers?
Considering only a few cases of dermal filler-related reactions have been reported so far, it is still safe to get dermal fillers, and it should not stop you from getting the COVID-19 jab.
However, if you are planning to have your face rejuvenated with a filler and then get vaccinated or vice versa, make sure you talk to your provider so that they can plan your treatment accordingly.
The general rule of thumb is to avoid getting injectable fillers two weeks before or after vaccinations for safety reasons.
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Ultimately, the benefits of receiving the vaccine far outweigh any potential reactions or side effects associated with facial fillers.