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 is cold sore and what how it might affect healed results?
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. Some things may trigger the outbreak like stress, fever, infection, allergies and sunburns. Usually, they heal nicely but sometimes can leave scars on your lips. Permanent Makeup lip colour can help cover unwanted white spots if you are left with a scar after getting a cold sore.
The stimulation from the needle can bring out blisters. It can ruin the procedure and make the healing process much worse. What is more it might result in pigment loss. In this case another touch up is required to fill in faded spots. It is usually a few days after the procedure that cold sore pain begins.
Please remember that cold sores could happen to anyone at any time after the procedure. It is not a sign of incorrect treatment or lack of safety, it is the reaction of the skin to the procedure.
How to treat a cold sore before and after lip blush?
It is often recommended to take medicine for at least 3 days before and 3 days after the procedure if you are prone to cold sore. If you suffer cold sores more often you can consider longer treatment.
Every case is different so might need a different dosage. Many physicians prescribe oral medication:
Please follow your doctor's instructions.
Prevention treatment includes also taking L-lysine supplements. Lysine supplements may help prevent HSV 1 from replicating and reduce the duration of a cold sore. Lysine supplements can also help prevent also future cold sores from developing. It is important to speak to a doctor or pharmacist about dosage and use.
Some clients with permanent lip colour have noticed the reduced occurrence of cold sores on their lips. The pigment may offer a layer of protection to lip tissue, but there is no proper medical research on this topic to confirm it.
If you develop a cold sore prior to your appointment, please reschedule once your cold sore is completely healed.