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Can you get Lip Fillers if you have a history of cold sores?

Updated: Feb 15

YES! If you have a history of cold sores (oral herpes simplex virus, HSV-1), getting lip fillers may require some additional precautions. Dermal filler injections near the lips can potentially trigger the reactivation of the herpes virus, leading to a cold sore outbreak. Cold sores are fairly common within our population and having cold sores in the past does not prevent you from getting lip filler treatments. Many individuals with a history of cold sores successfully undergo lip filler treatments with proper precautions.


Can you get Lip Fillers if you have a history of cold sores?

Here are some key considerations if you suffer from cold sores:


1. Anti-viral Medication:

It is recommended to take anti-viral medication before lip filler injections as a preventive measure to reduce the risk of a cold sore outbreak associated with the trauma or irritation caused by the lip injections. This anti-viral medication known as Famvir (famciclovir) can help suppress the herpes virus and can be bought at any pharmacy as it is a "pharmacist only" medication. Take 3 x 500mg Famvir tablets at once, one day before your lip filler appointment. This is one dose is sufficient for the duration of the next 7 days.


This link gives guidance on Famvir tablets by the National Prescribing Service website: https://www.nps.org.au/medicine-finder/famvir-for-cold-sores-tablets


2. Consultation:

Discuss your history of cold sores with your injector during the consultation. They will assess your individual risk factors, medical history, and may recommend specific precautions based on your situation.


3. Timing of Treatment:

Consider scheduling your lip filler treatment during a period when you are less prone to cold sores. For some individuals, cold sores may be more likely to occur during times of stress or illness. If you suffer from an active cold sore on the day of your lip filler treatment, we will not be able to perform the treatment. Please reschedule your appointment with us till after the cold sore has fully resolved and healed.


4. Post-Treatment Care:

After your lip filler treatment, follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by your injector.


5. Monitoring for Symptoms:

Be vigilant for any signs of a cold sore outbreak after the treatment. If you notice any tingling, redness, or blistering around the lips, contact your injector promptly for further advice.


Can I catch a cold sore by having lip filler treatments?


NO! The herpes virus is spread by contact with someone else who also has a cold sore as this is when the virus is contagious. Therefore, you can't catch a cold sore by having lip filler treatment.


Can lip fillers cause a cold sore?


NO! There is some evidence to suggest that if you have a history of cold sores, you are at a slightly higher risk of developing one again after lip filler. This is, however, still a small risk.


At Radianne Skin, it's essential for us to communicate openly about your medical history, including any history of cold sores. We can provide personalized recommendations and may adjust the treatment plan to minimize the risk of complications. While the risk of a cold sore outbreak exists, many individuals successfully undergo lip filler treatments with proper precautions and monitoring with us. Keep in mind that individual responses can vary, and consulting with a qualified and experienced practitioner, such as Radianne Skin, is crucial to ensuring a safe and effective procedure.


We are located in Melbourne CBD, central to many of Melbourne's suburbs in terms of accessibility. Book a comprehensive consultation with us now to discuss how we can assist you in achieving your aesthetic goals!

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