You may be thinking, Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’ve had dermal fillers? As we see the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations nationwide, it’s worthwhile noting a few pertinent considerations in relation to your cosmetic injectables and treatments.
First, let’s look at the vaccinations and why their compositions may be relevant to cosmetic treatment. The COVID-19 (SAR-CoV-2) vaccinations currently available contain small proteins (mRNA) that essentially speak to human body cells and encourage them to produce an inanimate portion of the external coronavirus envelope.
By producing a fragmented version of a coronavirus component, our body is benignly introduced to this foreign material which prompts our immune system to recognise and destroy future proteins that resemble the component introduced through vaccination – the actual coronavirus.
Consequently when it comes to immunisation, it is desired to have low level inflammation and immune activation. However these factors are also accountable, for side effects of immunisation like tenderness, at the injection site, fatigue, headaches and other similar symptoms.
Avoiding Same-Day or Immediate Post-Vaccination Injectables
It is generally not recommended to have injectables on the day, as getting vaccinated or even a few a days of the vaccination. This precaution is taken so that if any reactions occur it would be easier to identify which product is responsible.
Anti-Wrinkle Treatment and Vaccination Interval
Experts advise avoiding wrinkle treatments for approximately 2 weeks before or after vaccination. While there may not be research supporting this advice it is suggested due to the risk of sensitising the immune system and possible adverse effects.
Delayed Inflammatory Response and Dermal Filler
The same caution applies to fillers. There have been reported cases of responses to dermal fillers even years after the injection that have been associated with COVID 19 immunisation. Although similar reactions have been observed in response, to stimuli the unique nature of COVID 19 products raises concerns.
Despite these considerations, the general advice remains to prioritise vaccine over cosmetic treatment. The risk and impact of injectable-related reactions are minor compared to contracting coronavirus.
As COVID-19 vaccine efforts continue, it’s crucial to weigh the potential impacts on cosmetic treatments. The immune responses triggered by vaccinations can interact with cosmetic injectables, warranting careful timing and consideration.