What is a cold sore?
A ‘cold sore’ is the commonly known name for the herpes simplex virus affecting the lips. It can present as a small crop of blistering vesicles on the lip, nose or around the mouth. Patients often describe a tingling sensation in the day before the onset of a cold sore.
Can I have lip dermal fillers if I have had a cold sore in the past?
Cold sores are relatively common in the population and having had a cold sore in the past does not prevent you from having lip dermal fillers.
Can I have lip dermal fillers if I have an active cold sore?
If you have an active cold sore we will not perform lip dermal filler treatment. Wait until the cold sore has resolved entirely and then rebook an appointment for treatment.
Can lip fillers cause a cold sore?
There is some evidence to suggest that if you have had a cold sore in the past you are at slightly higher risk of developing one again after lip dermal filler. This is, however, still a small risk.
Some patients choose to take preventative cold sore treatment on the day of treatment to reduce the likelihood of developing a cold sore after treatment.
Can I catch a cold sore from lip dermal fillers?
The herpes virus is spread by contact with someone else who also has a cold sore. You cannot, therefore, catch a cold sore by having lip dermal filler treatment.