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Notice on the COVID-19 Vaccine and Dermal Fillers

It has recently been reported that a small number of patients with dermal fillers have had facial swelling reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Each of these cases was mild and resolved quickly after treatment with steroids and/or antihistamines, and there have been no long-term complications reported. The incidents that have been reported are rare, considering that there were more than 15,000 subjects who received the COVID-19 vaccine in the clinical trial, and millions of Americans have already received it. As of January 27th There have been no reported cases in patients receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine yet.

Similar reactions have been reported following flu-like viral illnesses, suggesting that this is not specific to the COVID-19 vaccine, but rather a nonspecific reaction to viral antigens. We have seen these reactions before and all have resolved.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, having a history of dermal fillers should not deter someone from being vaccinated. The risks from being infected with the COVID-19 virus far outweigh the risks from a reaction to one of the vaccines if the patient has a history of using dermal fillers.

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