Thank you for your question. Cold sores are caused when dormant viruses living in nerve cells are activated. This can happen with stress, UV light and trauma, such as injection. Any procedure around the mouth can trigger a cold sore. If you have a history of cold sores, please make sure to notify your doctor before having any procedure done. This is so an anti-viral medication can be prescribed. I hope this helps. Best of Luck!
Had Restylane in/around my mouth/chin area and Botox in my forehead. I have now developed a coldsore. Is this a coincidence?
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Cold Sores and Fillers
Had Restylane in and around the mouth and chin area.
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Restylane is a great product for injecting around the mouth and chin area. Some patients are more prone to developing cold sores than others. If you are prone to these cold sores then it is a good idea for you to take Valtrex when you have these lip injections. For the best cosmetic results please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with Restylane and injections.
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