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COVID Vaccination and Cosmetic Procedures

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  • Published

    October 11, 2021

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    Collins Cosmetic Clinic

With increasing numbers of the population getting vaccinated we are getting many questions regarding the impact of COVID vaccination and having cosmetic procedures. The Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists (ASCD) and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) have considered all the evidence and issued guidelines concerning the safety and timing of COVID vaccination and cosmetic procedures. All of our doctors and staff at the Collins Cosmetic Clinic are fully vaccinated and we encourage all of our patients to get vaccinated as soon as possible. With many patients recently being vaccinated and the possibility of booster injections being needed in the future the timing of COVID vaccination and the timing of cosmetic procedures has become an important consideration.



Patients may experience symptoms after vaccination. These include fevers, chills and malaise. With the mRNA vaccines (PFIZER and MODERNA) less than 1% experience fever after the first dose and 15% of people will experience fever after the second dose. Most post-vaccination symptoms resolve within 3-7 days of vaccination. ALL cosmetic procedure should be deferred if you have any symptoms after a COVID vaccination until those symptoms have fully resolved.



There is no evidence that Laser and energy based devices such as Radiofrequency need to be deferred either before or following COVID vaccination.



There is no evidence that treating leg veins by Sclerotherapy needs to be deferred either before or following COVID vaccination. The rare incidence of blood clots after the adenovirus vaccine (ASTRA-ZENECA) is an immune reaction and not related to varicose or spider veins.



There is no evidence that BOTOX or DYSPORT injections need to be deferred either before or following COVID vaccination.



There is some evidence that there is a small risk profile with dermal fillers. The main concern is that there have been some rare reports of increased risk of inflammation at the sites of filler injections if performed too close to the mRNA vaccines. Hence the recommendation is that there is an interval of at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after COVID vaccination before dermal filler injections. Previous treatment with fillers is not a contraindication to being vaccinated.


At the Collins Cosmetic Clinic our priority is the health and welfare of our patients. If you have any other questions concerning COVID vaccination and treatments at our clinic you are welcome to ring us on 0396545720 or email us on

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