Since the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccines by the FDA, there has been some concern regarding how the vaccine affects Botox and filler. Data from the Moderna clinical trials in 2020 indicated that some patients that recently received filler experienced allergic-like reactions. Such reports have led patients to worry how the vaccine will affect their existing filler or Botox. Others wonder if they should get these procedures in the future after receiving the vaccine. This article will discuss current findings on the topic and recommendations.
How Does The COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Fillers?
Data from the phase three Moderna clinical trial on the mRNA vaccine indicated that three out of a total of 15,184 patients receiving the vaccine developed facial swelling post-vaccination. Two of these three patients had received dermal filler recently, one two weeks prior and one six months prior. The third patient had received lip filler, but it was unknown how long before receiving the vaccine 1.
The reactions were likely because the vaccine induced an immune response that triggered temporary inflammation2. This is not abnormal, as it is fairly common to experience some initial swelling after receiving filler. In fact, things such as food and the environment can trigger a similar reaction3. While three reactions occurred during the study, the swelling was mild and responded to treatment with antihistamines or steroids 2.
Due to the self-limiting nature of this side effect, you should not be discouraged from receiving the vaccine if you have had filler or plan to have filler1.
How Does The COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Botox?
Unlike fillers, there were no reports in clinical trials that suggest Botox may cause an adverse reaction when receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, if you have received Botox in the past, you should not worry about potential swelling. It is still a good idea to be cautious, though.
What do experts currently recommend?
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) issued guidance regarding how the COVID-19 vaccine can affect dermal filler. Experts concluded based on 2020 data that:
- Swelling very rarely happens with both types of filler (hyaluronic acid and non-hyaluronic acid fillers)
- Data suggests these reactions are due to an immune response, be it by a vaccine or viral illness
- This side effect was rare, responsive to treatment, and often resolved on its own
- Such reactions should not discourage patients from receiving the vaccine
How Long After My Vaccine Should I Wait Before Getting Botox Or Fillers?
There is not much data available on whether there is a true correlation between the vaccine and swelling due to filler. As aforementioned, though, swelling reactions are usually manageable. If you have concerns about getting filler or Botox after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, it is always a good idea to consult your doctor. Some cosmetic surgeons recommend spreading out your vaccine appointment and cosmetic procedures by at least two weeks.
What Do I Do If I Experience Swelling After My Vaccine?
It is normal to experience some swelling around your fillers after receiving the vaccine. However, you should seek medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Severe swelling
- Severe pain
- Shortness of breath
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- ASPS guidance concerning FDA reported adverse events in patients with dermal fillers receiving the SARS-COV-2 mRNA vaccine. (n.d.). American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Retrieved January 14, 2022, from https://www.plasticsurgery.org/for-medical-professionals/covid19-member-resources/covid19-vaccine-dermal-fillers
- Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had dermal fillers? (2021, May 1). Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/should-i-get-a-covid-19-vaccine-if-ive-had-dermal-fillers
- Planning your filler & botox around the covid vaccine | dps. (2021, May 18). Donaldson Plastic Surgery. https://www.donaldsonplasticsurgery.com/botox-fillers-and-covid-vaccine/
- ASDS provides guidance regarding SARS-COV-2 mRNA vaccine side effects in dermal filler patients. (n.d.). PRWeb. Retrieved January 14, 2022, from https://www.prweb.com/releases/asds_provides_guidance_regarding_sars_cov_2_mrna_vaccine_side_effects_in_dermal_filler_patients/prweb17636524.htm
- Can I get Botox or fillers after my covid vaccine? (2021, April 26). Cosmetic Surgeons of Michigan, P.C. https://www.cosmeticsurgeonsofmichigan.net/blog/can-i-get-botox-or-fillers-after-covid-vaccine/