People with cosmetic facial fillers may experience swelling and inflammation with one of the coronavirus vaccines, noted the FDA advisory committee.
According to the committee, several study participants with fillers have already experienced side effects. A California dermatologist said the reaction was immunological, ABC7 reported on Thursday.
“Your immune system, which causes inflammation, is accelerated when you receive a vaccine, this is how it should work,” said Dr. Shirley Chi, who noted that side effects are easily treated by medical staff.
“So it makes sense for you to see an immune response in certain areas where they see some substance that is not a naturally occurring substance in your body.”
She said, however, that side effects should not stop people from getting the vaccine.
“In these cases, all patients had swelling and inflammation in the area that received the fill,” said Chi.
“Some patients received cheek filling six months before the vaccine and one patient had a lip filling two days after the vaccine. All were treated with steroids and antihistamines and all of their reactions were resolved. “
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine received FDA approval on Friday, offering an alternative to one from Pfizer and BioNTech.
Both work “better than we almost dared hope,” NIH director Dr. Francis Collins told the Associated Press. “Science is working here, science has done something incredible.”
The first results of large studies not yet concluded show that both vaccines appear safe and strongly protective, although Moderna is easier to handle, as it does not need to be stored in deep-frozen temperatures.