Some people are comfortable with aging gracefully, while others are always scouring the internet for that Holy Grail product or procedure that will keep them fresh-faced forever. If you’re in the fountain of youth camp, the good news is that we’re living in an age where you don’t have to go under the knife to rejuvenate your face or body. Dermal fillers can help smooth out those dips, dimples, lines and wrinkles while producing natural-looking results.

What the vaccine trials have shown so far

Back in December, the FDA reported that two people experienced facial swelling after being vaccinated during Moderna’s phase three trial.

One person had a dermal filler placed six months before they were vaccinated. The swelling occurred a day after they received the vaccine.

The second had a dermal filler placed two weeks before vaccination and the swelling appeared two days after they were vaccinated.

A third person reported swelling in the lips two days after vaccination. The window of time between their dermal filler placement and vaccination was unknown.

Are these reactions to the vaccine unusual?

This isn’t something new. With flu shots, other bacterial/viral illnesses, vaccines or dental procedures, these are immunologic reactions that are occurring. They’re not allergies. They’re not infections. These are just immunologic reactions where swelling occurs in places where people have or once had fillers.

It’s still safe to get dermal fillers

Considering only three trial participants out of 15,184 people who received at least one dose of Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine experienced dermal filler-related reactions and what she’s seen first-hand, Dr. Khetarpal assures us that it is still very safe to get dermal fillers and they shouldn’t stop anyone from getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

She says a strict rule of thumb for dermatologists is to avoid administering dermal fillers two weeks before or after vaccinations just to be safe. If you’re planning to get plumped up and vaccinated when you can, be sure to discuss this with your dermatologist so they can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

In the meantime, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has encouraged its members to continue their current practices with regards to dermal fillers, including getting thorough medical histories for all patients. They also advise that dermal fillers should only be administered by board-certified physicians who are experts in both the injection of dermal fillers and the management of complications that could arise from them.

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