If you’re considering Botox or dermal filler treatment, you may have some questions surrounding COVID-19. With the vaccine so readily available against the virus, learning about its side effects and how this may impact cosmetic procedures like the two above will help you make an informed decision.
Bear in mind that there are no official guidelines on getting dermal fillers or Botox after your COVID vaccine. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that there will be no further developments in the future on the subject with ongoing research.
What is Botox?
Botox is made of Botulinum toxin type A. It targets certain muscles to decrease their contractions, resulting in relaxation that lessens or eliminates wrinkles. Botox can also be used for medical purposes such as treating crossed eyes (strabismus), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) via paralysis of the cells in underarm sweat glands, uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm), certain spasms of the neck muscles, chronic migraine headaches and muscle stiffness due to multiple sclerosis.
What are dermal fillers?
Fillers are often made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occuring substance found in the body) used to minimize fine lines and treatment areas around the face where collagen has broken down or been lost. They may help to correct under-eye hollows, soften deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines, plump lips and reduce wrinkles around the nose.
Who are they for?
Both are ideal for those who lead busy lives or have a fast-paced work environment because it can be done quickly in a doctor’s office with no downtime. They are also a good choice for those who want to see subtle results, without undergoing a surgical procedure.
Is there a chance of swelling?
Back in December 2020, the FDA reported that 3 patients who had dermal filler treatment prior to the phase three trial of Moderna out of 15,184 participants experienced facial swelling after 2 days of receiving the vaccine. This minor side effect is completely normal and not exclusive to either fillers or the COVID vaccine.
After all, just like any other injection, it is a foreign body entering our system and our immunity is simply doing its job to protect us. Once the swelling disappears, everything will return to normal as it did for the 3 patients.
It should be noted that Botox is a muscle relaxer that dissolves quickly, meaning there is a lower risk of swelling, whereas fillers add volume and remain under the skin for at least 6 months.
How long should I wait for Botox or fillers after the COVID vaccine?
According to the Aesthetic Complications Expert World Group (ACE) it is advised to wait at least 2 weeks after your COVID vaccine has taken full effect to give your body’s immune system time to respond and let any potential side effects subside before receiving Botox or dermal filler treatment.
Speak to the experts
For more information about COVID-19 vaccinations and cosmetic injections, contact your nearest medical professional and they would be happy to discuss your concerns and options with you.
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