With the media dominated by whether people are or are not having the Covid-19 vaccine and how it affects those with other ailments, there has been little discussion around how the vaccine impacts other injectables and treatments which deal with aesthetics. For those who regularly use dermal fillers to maintain their appearance, the vaccine has thrown a series of questions into the mix which we aim to answer in this blog.
How far apart should dermal fillers and the vaccine be?
If you or your clients are concerned about the time span between the Covid-19 vaccine and their next round of dermal fillers, the advice is to leave at least two weeks between the injections. If clients are called for a vaccine less than two weeks after their last dermal filler injection, it is advised that they explain they have had dermal fillers injected and need to complete the two week probation before getting their jab.
If you find yourself the other way around and have had your Covid-19 vaccine then want to get dermal fillers, the advice is to wait three weeks. We also recommend that you work your dermal filler appointments around the vaccine and do not cancel your vaccine just to have filler - the aesthetic clinician will more easily be able to change your appointment than the NHS vaccine.
Is it safe to have dermal fillers and the vaccine close together?
There have been no serious complications reported from those who have had dermal fillers and the Covid-19 vaccine in quick succession, though minor reactions have been experienced by some. Because of this it is recommended that you follow the proposed two-three week gap between injections.
Why does leaving a gap between injections help?
In a study where the Covid-19 vaccine was administered following dermal filler, the area around the site of filler experienced swelling in a total of 3 cases in 15,000 Modena vaccine trials. These affected numbers are not high and likely attribute to the body’s immune response to the vaccine rather than a side effect of the dermal filler - however it is worth noting.
In the same trial under the Pfizer vaccine, there have been 2 reported cases of swelling following the vaccine. Again, these small numbers indicate only a minimal risk.
Leaving the gap between injections means that the filler has time to settle before the vaccine is administered, and that the vaccine is unaffected by a subsequent injection of the foreign body (filler). The aim is to ensure that both injections are effective at achieving their goal without impacting each other and causing adverse reactions.
Prior to both a dermal filler appointment and/or your vaccine, tell the clinician about the other treatment that you have had. This will enable them to do what they can to minimise the risk of side effects for you.
Choose a practitioner or clinician who has had adequate training in the medical as well as aesthetic profession when booking your aesthetic treatment. This will ensure they understand the implications of having both the vaccine and the filler injections.
If in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask your clinician or practitioner for advice prior to a dermal filler or aesthetic appointment. We will always try our best to support and work around your needs.