Should I Be Concerned?
Recently, in the media there has been some sensationalized headlines and articles on adverse reactions after dermal filler patients received their COVID-19 vaccination. These media reports have caused needless concern for individuals who have had or want to receive facial fillers and also schedule their vaccination. The reports have grossly overstated and misrepresented the allergic reaction. I explain to my patients that a few dermal filler patients have experienced mild-to-moderate swelling primarily at the injection site. The facial swelling reaction quickly resolves This rare swelling reaction has also been reported after other vaccines and if a person has an illness. For example, patients with a sinus infection have shown this same reaction. Let’s review the facts.
- √ FACT 1
The Moderna vaccine phase 3 trial included 30,000 test subjects; of which, three individuals who had facial fillers had a moderate swelling to their face. The swelling is likely due to the hyaluronic acid (HA) that is found in most dermal fillers. This naturally occurring substance in our body holds water and plumps up skin. With the COVID-19 vaccine, our body reacts to the substance and causes an immune response, which is exactly what our bodies should do to provide protection from foreign substances including a virus. With the added HA in your skin, a very small number of people may notice more swelling because of HA’s ability to hold on to fluid. (Learn more, guidance issued by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery on COVID-19 vaccine.)
√ FACT 2
The fact is with the worldwide injection of millions of COVID-19 vaccinations, there have been a few cases of facial swelling after the COVID-19 vaccine in people who have had facial fillers in the past. Facial fillers include: Juvéderm®, Voluma®, Volbella®, Restylane®, Belotero®, etc. It should be noted that this swelling reaction has no relation to BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.
√ FACT 3
The facial swelling reactions have all been treated and resolved.
My recommendation is that you should NOT delay getting your COVID-19 vaccine due to past injected fillers. Get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are able to do so!
I am very thankful that I have already had my first vaccine. I have had no issues with my vaccine other than a sore arm. If you have any questions, please call my office at (201) 265-1300.