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Cynthia Golomb, MD | Dermatology Boutique

American Academy of Dermatology

Dermal Fillers and the COVID-19 Vaccine

· COVID-19 · Comments Off on Dermal Fillers and the COVID-19 Vaccine

In case you have not heard, during the Moderna vaccine trial, three participants who had facial filler injections experienced facial swelling after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

One of the three previously had a similar reaction to an influenza vaccine.  In all three cases, the swelling decreased with antihistamines or steroids.

As a result, the FDA has said “it is possible the localized swelling in these cases is due to an inflammatory reaction from interaction between the immune response after vaccination and the dermal filler.”

One of my professional organizations, the American Academy of Dermatology, has a registry of cases of dermatologic side effects of COVID-19 and the vaccines and is closely monitoring reports.

At this point this reaction appears to be rare, but I will keep you up-to-date if we learn more.

I will be vaccinated for COVID this week and I am not concerned, even though I have recently had filler.  I strongly believe the vaccine is very important.

If you have any concerns about being vaccinated because you have had filler, take an antihistamine the day before and the day of your COVID vaccine.  I recommend Zyrtec.


Treatments for Acne Scars

· Acne · Comments Off on Treatments for Acne Scars

There are many treatments for acne scars. The American Academy of Dermatology suggests answering these questions before you seek treatment:

  • Do I often wish that I could get rid of my acne scars??
  • Do I feel that my scars limit my opportunities to date, get a job, advance my career, or perform well in school??
  • Am I less social now than before I had acne scars?

The organization has information online for you to learn more about the various treatments for scars, as well as advice for preventing them. When you’re ready to discuss treatment of your acne scars, give me a call 855-465-6621.

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