What are cold sores? How do cold sores affect your healing after permanent Lip Blush?

By Jul 15, 2021

Among all parts of our body, lips are known to have highly sensitive skin. The skin of lips is usually thin and very vascular. Thus, any trauma around the mouth area can lead to cold sores. If you are thinking about permanent lip blush, having a basic understanding of cold sores will help you make the right decisions and better heal after the treatment.

What are cold sores?

Cold sores are caused by a common virus called Herpes Simplex. Also known as fever blisters, they are a type of infection that spread from one infected person to another through close personal contact such as kissing. Taking the right medications can heal them and decrease the chance of their recurrence. To the surprise of many people, cold sores are common. More than 90% of people get cold sores at least one time in their life. While cold sores can appear on any part of your body, they occur mostly on lips. Many things can trigger the outbreak of cold sores such as stress, infection, fever, allergy, sunburns, etc.

Do cold sores affect your healing after lip blushing?

Yes, if you get cold sores after undergoing permanent lip blush treatment, they can slow down the healing process and alter the results. What’s more, cold sores might result in pigment loss. You may need another touch up to fill in the faded spots.  

Note: Cold sores may occur to anyone anytime. Thus, cold sores are not an indication of incorrect lip blush treatment or lack of safety. It is simply the reaction of the skin to the procedure.

What to do to avoid cold sores after permanent lip blush treatment?

Professionals recommend taking antiviral prescription medication such as VALTREX at least two days before undergoing permanent lip blush treatment. Taking medication before the treatment will help you avoid a cold sore outbreak during the healing process.

It’s a good idea to take the antiviral prescription medication even if you never had cold sores before. It is not necessary that you will get cold sores after the treatment. Taking the right medication beforehand will prevent cold sores in case the virus is dormant.

Also, remember to follow the aftercare instructions and moisturize your lips as recommended by your lip blush artist. Resist the urge to touch or rub the treated area; otherwise, it may traumatize your sensitive lip skin. If scabs appear, please don’t pick them off. During the initial healing period, minimal scabbing or flaking should appear.

In case you experience itching or burning sensation, contact the doctor and inform your lip blush artist. Remember that it is only temporary. Avoid trying any home remedies as they can ruin the healing and results of the treatment.

If you are having active cold sores and planning to undergo lip blush treatment, please wait until they get healed fully. If you have already booked an appointment, then inform your artist and reschedule the appointment.

Not everyone suffers from cold sores after permanent lip blush treatment. It mainly depends on how your skin responds to the treatment and the presence of the herpes simplex virus. If you have any further doubts, feel free to contact a reputable and experienced permanent lip blush artist online.

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