COVID Vaccine and injectable fillers

To date there have been 3 cases of hypersensitivity reactions after receiving the COVID vaccine. These occurrences are rare and are not a health threat to patients. After any vaccine, the body’s response is to mount an immune response. This occurs with any vaccine; The Flu, Shingles, Pneumovax, Covid. This is a normal response and it is what we want the vaccine to accomplish. It prepares our body to fight against an unwanted antigen. In my 30 years as an injector, I have only witnessed one hypersensitivity reaction to fillers. It responded well to OTC antihistamines. Standard treatment consists of OTC antihistamines and, if necessary, oral steroids for a set period of time. As a precaution we have established the following protocol. 

After receiving any vaccine, wait two weeks before receiving filler or Botox.

No filler or Botox two weeks prior to receiving any vaccine.

If you have any redness or swelling in the area of your filler or Botox injection please call Sylvia at 757-620-4848 or Dr. Wilson at 757-408-2558 immediately.

If you have any redness or swelling at the injection site of the vaccine, please contact your PCP.

Common OTC antihistamines: Zyrtec, Chlor-Trimeton, Benadryl, Allegra, Claritin. Please follow the dosage as recommended on the package insert.

George C. Wilson, MD

Medical Director