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DERMAL FILLERS & COVID-19 VACCINE

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As time has gone by and the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to billions of people worldwide, medical professionals have taken note of any reported side effects. One of these side effects has to do with a late-onset inflammatory response to hyaluronic acid dermal fillers treatment. In other words, delayed localized swelling in people who’ve received dermal fillers. I it something to do with the fact that dermal fillers and Covid vaccine are not compatible?

Hi everyone, I’m Anna, the founder of this beauty supply store. If you are reading these lines, it means that you are a filler user. So, today let’s explore this important subject together!

WHY TOPIC OF DERMAL FILLERS AND COVID VACCINE IS IMPORTANT?

There can be two situations in which this issue might be a concern for people.

The first is for anyone who has had dermal fillers and is planning on getting the Covid vaccine.

And the second is for those people who’ve been vaccinated and are interested in getting dermal fillers sometime in the future.

So, are dermal fillers and Covid vaccine compatible? Can you go ahead and have dermal filler injections before the Covid vaccine or after? Is it safe?

CAN DERMAL FILLERS REACT WITH THE COVID-19 VACCINE?

The most common side effects of the Covid vaccine are pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, and fever lasting no more than one to two days.

In people who have previously received dermal filler injections, it’s possible for the filler to become inflamed, causing localized swelling to appear. The vaccine stimulates the body’s immune system in such a way that the filler material that the body had gotten used to treating as its own is suddenly considered a foreign substance. Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to the presence of foreign elements. This swelling tends to resolve by itself within a few days. It can be treated with over-the-counter antihistamines or corticosteroids, but the need for these has been rare.

Have There Been Many Cases of this Reaction?

This side effect first came to light following reports such as one from the FDA. The report stated that three people (out of 15,184) developed swelling in the face or lips after receiving Moderna’s vaccine in the phase three trial. Two of those patients had had dermal fillers previously injected.

Another report detailed facial swelling in two women who had hyaluronic acid fillers and then received the Pfizer vaccine.

Can This Reaction Happen Even Without the Covid Vaccine?

Doctors are not entirely surprised by seeing this inflammatory response after the Covid vaccine. People with dermal fillers can experience inflammation that is triggered by a variety of things. One of the most common is receiving an annual flu shot. Other triggers include having viral or bacterial illnesses, such as a urine inflection, and even receiving dental treatments. Regardless of what precipitates the swelling, in all cases it is an immunologic response that the human body naturally produces. The Covid vaccine is simply the latest trigger to join the list.

Does the Type of Dermal Filler Make a Difference?

It should be noted that triggers like the flu vaccination that can activate an inflammatory reaction can do so regardless of the type of filler. The swelling that doctors have observed in Covid vaccine recipients so far has been in people with hyaluronic acid-based fillers, but there are other types of dermal fillers based on:

  • Polyalkylimide
  • Polylactic acid
  • Polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres

The small probability of experiencing inflammation also exists for recipients of these fillers. Some of these non-hyaluronic acid fillers can last quite a long time, so it’s possible for someone to have gotten filler based on the above substances a year or more before the pandemic started.

SO, CAN YOU GET THE COVID VACCINE IF YOU’VE HAD DERMAL FILLERS?

The answer to this question is emphatically yes. The Covid vaccine is effective and safe, and it does a good job at keeping people out of the hospital. Having received dermal fillers is no reason to avoid vaccination. Anyone with doubts can rest easy, as the chance of experiencing any reaction, including inflammation at a dermal filler injection site, is very low, especially when you take into account the large number of people who have received dermal fillers, have been vaccinated, and have had no reactions at all.

However, just to be on the safe side, the current guidance is that anyone who has just received dermal filler injections should wait two weeks to get vaccinated.

CAN YOU HAVE DERMAL FILLER INJECTIONS IF YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN VACCINATED?

Likewise, dermatologists are recommending that after you receive your Covid vaccine, you wait two weeks before scheduling dermal filler injections. When you do schedule your appointment, be sure to mention your Covid vaccine to the practice’s medical staff so that they can enter this information in your medical history.

WHEN ARE IMMUNOLOGIC RESPONCES MORE LIKELY TO TAKE PLACE?

Swelling after vaccination can happen within the first 24 hours or in the first few days after receiving the Covid vaccine. But it’s also possible for people to experience a late-onset inflammatory reaction. It’s called “late onset” because the swelling spontaneously shows up a month or two after exposure to whatever triggers it. Delayed reactions of this kind are quite rare. Doctors have theorized that the explanation for why some people have had swelling and others have not and why the swelling sometimes presents quickly and other times is late onset may have to do with differences in:

  • The amount of filler injected
  • The composition of the filler, including the degree to which the hyaluronic acid is cross-linked
  • How the filler was injected, including whether the practitioner used a needle or a cannula
  • The number of times the same area has been injected with filler

CAN YOU HAVE A SERIOUS REACTION TO THE VACCINE IF YOU HAVE DERMAL FILLERS?

Adverse reactions to the vaccine are rare. When especially severe ones like an allergic reaction that results in anaphylaxis do happen, it’s within minutes of receiving the vaccine. That’s why people are asked to wait 15 minutes in an observation area after being vaccinated so that the health professionals present can check for any immediate reactions.

The types of dermal filler-related swelling reported with the Covid vaccine are not allergic reactions but rather immunologic reactions. When they occur, it’s hours, days, or even months post-injection. And it’s simply impossible for a reaction of this type to turn into anaphylactic shock. So, the patients with dermal fillers who have experienced this inflammation were never in any danger.

Doctors allover the world continue to recommend the Covid vaccine as the best way to protect the health of both the recipient and those they come into contact with.

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