Facts About Dermal Filler And The mRNA COVID- 19 Vaccine

In recent days we have received questions from patients regarding reports of reactions in dermal filler patients who have also received the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.  We wanted to take a moment to address the facts, and hopefully allay the concerns regarding these reports. 

At Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar, the health and safety of our patients is of the utmost importance to us. While we are addressing questions and concerns surrounding dermal filler and the mRNA Covid-19 vaccine we would like to state that there are absolutely no reports of negative interactions with Botox or Laser and the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. 

On January 7, 2021, The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery  (ASDS) released a guidance for physicians and patients regarding mRNA COVID-19 vaccine side effects in dermal filler patients, titled “Guidance Regarding SARS-CoV-2 mRNA Vaccine Side Effects in Dermal Filler Patients.” 

This publication is based on data from The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and relates to reported reactions from the mRNA vaccine in dermal filler patients. It’s purpose is to provide insight for physicians and patients relating to the occurrence of reactions based on study data. 

The following is a synopsis of the FDA data and the ASDS guidance statement:

  • In the Moderna mRNA-1273 trial, three reactions were possibly related to dermal fillers out of 15,184 vaccine recipients.
  • Dermal fillers should be administered by board-certified physicians who are experts in both the injection of dermal fillers and management of complications arising from them.
  • Dermal filler inflammatory events very seldom occur with both hyaluronic acid and non-hyaluronic acid fillers.
  • These rare adverse events are temporary and respond to treatments such as antihistamines, oral corticosteroids and hyaluronidase, and often times resolve without treatment.
  • Patients already treated with dermal fillers should not be discouraged or precluded from receiving vaccines of any kind. 
  • Patients who have had vaccines should not be precluded from receiving dermal fillers in the future.

If you would like to read the ASDS Guidance in its entirety you can link to it here. 

We hope this has answered your questions and addressed any concerns you may have had. If you have any further concerns, please contact us.

Thank you for choosing Dermatology & Laser of Del Mar for your dermatology care. 

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