COVID-19 vaccine may cause facial fillers to swell

Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-14 18:16:45-04

CLEVELAND — People who have facial fillers may experience a rare symptom when getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

According to officials, the shot may cause fillers to swell, but doctors said it's only temporary and won't affect the fillers or your health.

They still strongly encourage people with fillers to get the vaccine.

"You want a little bit of inflammation actually so you get a good response, okay so it might be a little over what you wanted, but it's not that over and you're still getting immunized and you'll be better off in the long term," Dr. Kevin Cooper said.

The inflammation should go away within a couple of days but might last for a week or two in some cases.

Doctors said this is manageable and they do have treatments that can help if it becomes uncomfortable.

Injectable dermal fillers are gel-like substances injected beneath the skin to restore volume, smooth lines and soften creases, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. More than 1 million men and women receive this treatment each year.

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