The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant amount of fear among millions worldwide, leaving them to question the safety of most of their normal activities, such as going to the gym, grocery store, or even receiving BOTOX injections. Is there a contraindication of receiving Botox and the COVID-19 vaccine? Continue reading to learn more.
How and why swelling can occur at the site of injections
BOTOX, also known as onabotulinumtoxinA, is produced by the common source of food poisoning – botulism. When injected into the skin, however, botulism does not have the same effects. BOTOX is designed to prevent muscle movement in the area of the body where it is injected. While redness is to be expected, swelling is not an uncommon reaction either, as a result of a diffuse inflammation response.
How different types of vaccines have led to different reactions
Many vaccines are known to cause a systemic inflammatory response within your body as the medication within the injection courses through your body. Although many people do not experience side effects from receiving one vaccination, a different vaccination could result in a systemic response or allergic reaction. It is important to allow your body time to recover from the response from the injection before introducing a new substance.
Is it safe to receive BOTOX after the vaccine?
In short, yes. Experts report that there is no contraindication in regards to receiving one or more BOTOX injections following a COVID-19 vaccination. However, it is recommended to wait at least two weeks after receiving your COVID-19 vaccine before continuing BOTOX injection therapy.
Because BOTOX and vaccinations both cause a systemic response, it is recommended to allow your body time to heal from the vaccine before receiving Botox just in case you have a systemic response or allergic reaction. Receiving these two injections too close together can make it difficult to distinguish which one actually caused the reaction.
How to plan your BOTOX appointment around the COVID-19 vaccine
Many people find themselves receiving the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to end the current global pandemic affecting billions worldwide. The COVID-19 vaccination, depending on which manufacturer is given, is given in a dose of two injections several weeks apart.
It is important to allow your body time to rest and recover from the systemic response put into motion by the vaccination. For example, if you are vaccinated and are set to receive your second dose after the first – it is recommended to wait until two weeks after the second dose to receive your BOTOX injection.
BOTOX injections are designed to provide relief from headaches, a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles, and to allow the patient to overall feel better. To achieve the best results from your appointment, allow the recommended time for Botox after the COVID-19 vaccine