It has long been known that some viral infections can cause swelling (like a localised allergic reaction) in people who have had dermal filler treatments – even months after the treatment. This has occurred twice in my 15 year career in aesthetics and was easily resolved with anti-histamines / steroids or naturally resolved. This reaction is rare and not serious. As we learn more and more about Covid and also its vaccinations, data is being gathered about after effects and risks.
It may influence the timing of your dermal filler treatment, but I would not advise it delay your vaccination. I am adjusting my treatment protocols to include a discussion about whether you have had any Covid illness or vaccination prior to any aesthetic treatments and will help advise you as to vaccination timings. It will also be included as part of the aftercare to be aware of any post treatment swelling if you have had any viral illness, Covid or vaccinations.
Data is constantly being gathered about all of the vaccines and their effects on our lives, revealing new information each time. At the time of writing, there are three vaccines in use – Oxford Uni Astra Zeneca, Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna.
Recently, the Moderna vaccination has released some information regarding the effects the vaccination testing had on people who had previously had dermal filler treatments. It must be stressed that this data could probably be equally applied to all of the vaccines as information is coming in all the time.
Rachel Zhang, and FDA Medical Officer reported that “One person had undergone the procedure two weeks before being vaccinated; the second had most recently had dermal fillers injected about six months before being vaccinated…A third person in the vaccine arm of the Moderna trial developed lip swelling about two days after vaccination. This person had received prior dermal filler injections in the lip,” All resolved easily and were localised. This reaction is not classed as serious but was recorded as an adverse response.
While this is concerning, it must be noted that the swelling was easily resolved (some using anti-histamines and / or steroids, some naturally) and was localised to the area treated.
It is unknown whether any other trial subjects who did not experience any adverse events also had dermal fillers.
If you are scheduled to have the vaccine, or if they have had the vaccine, please let me know BEFORE your appointment.
If you are about to receive either their first or second dose of a vaccine, you may wish to defer treatment. This is likely to be the best course of action just to be on the safe side, given very little is known about these vaccines yet.
I advise that for these vaccines – patients can be treated with filler either four weeks before the first dose, or four weeks after the second dose.
Your health is my priority as always.