You may have read that in the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine trial only, 3 of the 30,000 participants as of December 2020 experienced temporary facial swelling. Of these 3 people, 2 received the vaccine and 1 received the placebo. The person who received the placebo had dental work two weeks prior. All 3 of these people had a history of receiving facial fillers. The swelling did subside in a few days without any adverse effects. What does this mean for facial filler patients?
As you may be aware, facial swelling is a known possible rare side effect of filler injections. It is usually brought on by the addition of other stressors, such as recent dental work, illness like the flu, or other vaccines. Of the other 29,997 vaccine trial participants, we do not know who among them had a history of receiving facial fillers but did not experience facial swelling after receiving the vaccine. Further, we are not sure if the swelling was caused by the interaction between the facial filler and the vaccine, although it is possible.
We do not recommend avoiding the COVID-19 vaccine if you are a facial filler recipient. We encourage all patients who are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to get one, even those who have received facial fillers.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about swelling. Just remember that swelling has always been an extremely rare, mild, reversible side effect of facial fillers, and the swelling that the 3 vaccine trial participants experienced resolved quickly without any adverse effects. If swelling does occur, we can also recommend treatment options to swiftly cause its resolution.
We hope this explanation helps clarify the results of the COVID-19 vaccine trials. Our clinics will continue to abide by the best possible safety precautions to keep our patients and staff healthy during this time. Please continue to wear a mask, even two when in proximity to those not in your household, even after you’ve received the vaccine, until the CDC advises otherwise.