It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a monumental impact on the ways we live our personal and professional lives. While lockdown restrictions were very much the focus of our attention in 2020, we’re now slowly making the return to a semblance of the normality we were once accustomed to.
Of course, we still have a lot to think about as we resume our regular schedules. When booking aesthetics treatments such as Botox® and dermal fillers, you may be concerned that such procedures might affect the efficacy or safety of the COVID 19 vaccination.
So, what – if any – effect do dermal filler procedures have on vaccination safety. In this blog post, we’ll provide a definitive answer to this particular concern, as well as tips for booking treatments at strategic times to avoid any overlap with the vaccine.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal filler is a soft tissue injectable procedure that is administered at different depths to treat and fill in facial wrinkles, adding volume and restoring a smoother and more youthful appearance. Since the filler is eventually absorbed by the body, injectable aesthetic treatments provide temporary results that typically wear off after around 6-12 months, depending on the individual and the area of the face or neck injected.
One of the main reasons individuals choose to undergo filler treatment is to target the premature signs of ageing that cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. By boosting the skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid, aesthetic treatments temporarily rejuvenate and revitalise the face. Some of the most highly requested procedures include:
- Lip augmentation – increases lip fullness and restores smoothness for plumper, more defined lips.
- Non-surgical rhinoplasty – eliminates lumps and bumps and alters the shape of the nose.
- Tear trough fillers – reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles in the undereye area.
- Cheek fillers – plump up the cheeks and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in this area for a smoother, more youthful look.
- Jawline fillers – create a more defined jawline, improving the appearance of the profile image.
Do dermal fillers affect vaccination safety?
There has been a wave of disquiet circling the aesthetics industry since the FDA reported that three people experienced facial swelling in the days following their cosmetic procedure. While individually concerning cases, it should be noted that they certainly do not represent the majority. The three cases reported were part of a trial of over 15,000 aesthetic patients, with the remainder of individuals experiencing no significant or unusual dermal filler side effects post-treatment. It can be said, then, that it is still perfectly safe to undergo such procedures without worrying about vaccination safety.
Due to the concerning lack of regulations in the UK aesthetics industry, anyone can technically carry out procedures — regardless of their professional background. Since administering such treatments requires a vast knowledge of the facial anatomy, it’s vital to book with a qualified medical professional. When considering a clinic for your dermal filler procedure, you should ensure that your aesthetician offers a comprehensive consultation process and obtains a complete medical and aesthetic history from you to confirm that you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. Not only will this dramatically decrease the chances of complications occurring during or after your appointment, knowing that you are in the safe hands of a health professional will also help put your mind at ease. Your clinician should be able to confidently and thoroughly answer all of your questions and concerns during the consultation process and eliminate any concerns you may have about their abilities to administer the treatment successfully.
Leave a gap between treatment and vaccination
While you shouldn’t be concerned about the covid vaccination having a detrimental impact on your fillers, it’s still essential to book your appointments strategically to ensure vaccination safety. It is recommended to avoid undergoing any injectable procedures in the two week period before and after receiving your vaccination.
Always prioritise the vaccination
As a global pandemic that has had a devastating impact on communities throughout the world, it is, of course, recommended that receiving the covid vaccination should be a priority over any cosmetic treatment, to reduce the risk of getting or spreading the virus. The risks associated with coronavirus far outweigh the potential risks from a reaction to the vaccination if you’ve recently undergone treatment.
Dermal filler treatments in the UK and Ireland
At Acquisition Aesthetics, we’re experts in injectables training for medical professionals throughout the UK and Ireland, with courses running in six major cities on a regular basis. Model patients are a fundamental part of our training process, and we’re proud to offer an exceptional standard of treatment at a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay in a traditional clinic.
Our delegates are experienced health professionals, including doctors, dentists and nurses, meaning that treatments are administered by medics with extensive knowledge of the anatomy of the head and neck. All procedures are overseen and supervised by our expert faculty of aesthetic trainers, so you can rest assured that you’ll be in the best possible hands throughout your consultation and treatment.
If you’re interested in learning more about the treatments we offer and would like to speak to a member of our team, give us a call on 0203 514 8757 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.