Dermatologist Sets Record Straight on Injectables and COVID Vaccines

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Thursday, January 13, 2022

With a recent article in the Wall Street Journal article suggesting that patients must choose between neurotoxin treatments or COVID-19 vaccines, dermatologists are scurrying to set the record straight. While there have been rare reports of non-life-threatening, transient reactions among patients who had recently received hyaluronic acid fillers and then received the mRNA SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, there is no indication of any reaction between the vaccines and injectable botulinum toxin formulations. 

“It’s disappointing that the Wall Street Journal failed to properly distinguish between cosmetic injectable treatments. Botox and fillers, like JuveDerm and Restylane, are totally different products,” states dermatologist Joel L. Cohen, MD, of AboutSkin Dermatology in suburban Denver. “Now we as dermatologists and plastic surgeons have to work again to set the record straight. Misinformation has a huge ripple effect. And this totally inaccurate WSJ article and headline has led to anxious patient phone calls, canceled appointments, and likely even people who have recently been treated with any facial cosmetic injectable agent to delay their vaccine or booster.”

Dr. Cohen emphasizes that patients need not choose cosmetic injectables or vaccination, as they can safely receive both, according to American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

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