Should I Wait To Get Cosmetic Injections Until After My COVID Vaccine?

By: Our Team

3/25/2022

As people across the globe continue to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the question of how the COVID vaccination may or may not affect cosmetic fillers and wrinkle relaxers has become a popular topic. At Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics in Orlando, FL, our expert team – under the direction of Dr. Haroon Nawaz – is committed to the highest standards of patient safety and care and follows the most current literature and guidelines when it comes to all of our treatments and procedures, including cosmetic injectables. Below, we’ll take a closer look at the potential interaction between the COVID vaccination and cosmetic injectables, and we’ll discuss the most appropriate timing for scheduling your injectables, either before or after receiving your COVID vaccine.

Are dermal fillers safe?

Both dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM®, and wrinkle relaxers, like BOTOX®, are widely considered extremely safe and effective when used properly. Like most products, however, some patients may be allergic to certain components of cosmetic injectables and/or react to the injections. Even in these cases, however, adverse reactions to fillers and wrinkle relaxers are almost always temporary and rarely dangerous or life-threatening. Generally speaking, most people tolerate cosmetic injectables very well. Some of the most popular cosmetic injectables used today include:

  • JUVÉDERM
  • BOTOX
  • Restylane®
  • BELOTERO BALANCE®

Is it safe to get fillers after a COVID booster?

There have been very few documented reports of a negative interaction between the COVID vaccine (or a booster) and cosmetic injectables. However, a small number of patients have reported the delayed onset of swelling around their fillers following a COVID vaccination. The most likely explanation for this is a simple allergic reaction, which should resolve relatively quickly on its own without lasting symptoms or complications. It is also important to note that mild and temporary swelling around dermal fillers is a possibility with virtually any vaccination, not just the COVID-19 vaccine.

When it comes to injectable wrinkle relaxers, there is no known interaction with the COVID vaccine, though patients may still be encouraged to follow the same guidelines that are used to schedule fillers before or after a COVID vaccine.

How soon after a COVID vaccine can I get fillers?

Based on the most current literature and industry standards, patients are advised to schedule their dermal filler and/or wrinkle relaxer injections at least two weeks before or two weeks after any COVID vaccination, including a booster shot. While the likelihood of swelling around your fillers following a COVID vaccine is exceedingly low, it is always advisable to err on the side of caution. Should you schedule your filler appointment sooner than two weeks after a COVID vaccine and develop swelling, try not to worry. For the vast majority of patients who experience swelling around fillers following a vaccination, the symptoms are mild and resolve on their own within just a few days. During your initial consultation for cosmetic injectables in Orlando, FL, our caring team will discuss any concerns you may have and explain all of your available options at length to ensure you are comfortable and confident about your treatment.

Just got your COVID vaccine and have questions about your options for cosmetic injections in Orlando, FL? We can help

If you receive regular filler and wrinkle relaxer injections, you may be worried about interrupting your routine with a COVID vaccine. Don’t be! With proper planning and appropriate timing, you can stay looking your best and still protect yourself against COVID-19. To learn more about your options for cosmetic fillers, wrinkle relaxers, and more, call Lake Buena Vista Aesthetics in Orlando, FL to schedule your consultation with Dr. Haroon Nawaz or one of our acclaimed injectable experts today.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.