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Why You Should Still Get the COVID-19 Vaccine Even If You Have (or Plan to Get) Dermal Fillers

In a recent study involving 15.1.84 Phase 3 participants, three in individuals treated with hyaluronic dermal fillers had adverse reactions to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. In two of these cases localized facial swelling occurred after vaccination, and in one - lip angioedema (swelling) occurred two days after the vaccination. Each of these cases was resolved after treatment with steroids and/or antihistamines. The FDA intends to note this in its prescribing information. There have been no reported cases in patients receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The incidents that have been reported are very rare, and these facial swelling reactions have been mild and responded quickly to oral steroids and/or oral antihistamines. None of the cases required the use of an EpiPen or hospitalization, none were considered life-threatening, and there were no long-term complications in those who reported having facial swelling after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. As with all vaccines, swelling of the face and lips is not an uncommon side effect. Having a history of dermal fillers should not bar someone from being vaccinated. The risks from acquiring and 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. In short, when your immune system gets turned on, it can hone in on things that are not native to your body and cause a temporary and treatable inflammation in that region.

To ensure their patients’ utmost safety, after receiving the Moderna vaccine. Defy Nature is recommending their clients wait 2-4 weeks to get treated with a dermal filler such as Juvederm, Silk or Voluma. This directive does not include the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

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