Dr. Terence Tan on COVID-19 Vaccine and Facial Fillers
Q: I am now due for my COVID-19 vaccination, but I am still keen in getting my aesthetics treatments done for beauty maintenance and looking forward to the day when we can go mask-free again.

However, I have heard some conflicting information about fillers and COVID-19 vaccinations. Is it safe to get the COVID-19 vaccination if we had facial fillers done previously, and can we get facial fillers after our vaccination?

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A: Recently, there were two trial participants out of 15,184 people who experienced dermal filler-related facial swelling after receiving at least one dose of Moderna’s mRNA-1273 vaccine.

This works out to only 0.013% of participants in that trial.  Therefore, from data available to us at present, it still seems very safe to be treated with dermal fillers and patients with dermal fillers should not be discouraged from getting a COVID-19 vaccination.

Dermal fillers, like hyaluronic acid fillers, have a long safety track record and generally rarely cause side effects.  Experts think that this rare reaction is due to delayed hypersensitivity reaction caused by up-regulation of cell receptors which mediate inflammation, caused by vaccination. Swelling caused by COVID-19 vaccination tends to be transient and self-limiting, requiring symptomatic relief but certain medications which can reduce the reaction duration and intensity may be used if required.

There is currently no recommendation to delay dermal filler treatment if you are planning on getting your COVID-19 vaccination, but you may want to discuss this with your doctor so that your treatment can be timed and planned accordingly.

If you are still concerned about potential reactions from dermal filler treatment, there are still lots of non-invasive anti-ageing alternatives available:

Ultherapy – non-surgical and non-invasive skin tightening treatment approved by the US FDA which uses focused ultrasound energy to stimulate the body into producing collagen to lift, tone, and tighten sagging skin.

Picosure laser – a laser approved by the US FDA, which can be used for skin rejuvenation, improving skin texture and tone, treatment of skin pigmentation like melasma, freckles, sunspots, and acne scars. Picosure is also often used for removing tattoos.

Fraxel Dual Laser – 2-in-1, non-ablative, low downtime fractional laser which tightens sagging skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines to improve wrinkled and sun-damaged skin, improves pigmentation, and lightens acne scars.

The most important thing is to talk to your doctor, so that he or she can tailor something to your needs. Cheers!

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