A little over 50 percent of the American adult population has cold sores. The medical name for a cold sore is oral herpes, which means the unpleasant skin blister that occurs around your lips is caused by a virus: HSV, the herpes simplex virus, type 1. Thankfully, while it can cause soreness and be unsightly, the virus is not dangerous for healthy adults. Unfortunately, it is incurable, which means you are likely to suffer from recurring cold sores once you’ve been exposed to the herpes simplex virus. You can use antiviral medications to control cold sore outbreaks, which makes the virus more manageable. Unfortunately, cold sores can be triggered by a variety of factors. People who have HSV-1 have reported experiencing skin blisters around their lips and nose when they are exposed to high stress, weather whether cold or hot, flu, weakened immune system, or even allergies. In other words, you may find it challenging to avoid outbreaks! Frequent or severe outbreaks can affect the fragile skin around your mouth and leave a cold sore scar. Mason Miner DDS dental care in Durango, Colorado, can provide a variety of services to tackle cold sores and avoid further recurrence.
Preventive approach against cold sore scarring
Cold sores are contagious. Therefore, Mason Miner DDS dentist has made the following recommendation to his Durango patients:
Dr. Miner can laser the cold sore to prevent it from progressing. The best time to laser the cold sore is when it is first noticed.
If the cold sore has already progressed to the blistering state, it can still be lasered. Lasering the cold sore at that point speeds up the healing of it, reduces the healing time by about half.
Another benefit about lasering cold sores, is that the more the cold sores are lasered the less often it reoccurs. We have noticed it takes around 3-5 times of the cold sore being lasered that then the reoccurrence starts to decrease.
Dr. Miner can help with a cold sore scar
Cold sores heal, but they sometimes can leave a visible scar. Our dentist, Dr. Miner, is a qualified instructor with the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics. Therefore, he can provide facial treatment for his Durango patients. He uses his advanced training and knowledge to tackle cold sores and scarring issues around the lip areas.
Dr. Miner uses his laser to stop the progression of cold sores and stop them from blistering. Repeated laser treatments can make the cold sores occur less frequently.
Dermal fillers can provide instant results that can reduce the appearance of scars. The filler enables the skin to regain some plumpness level, which can help fill scars and visible lines around the lips. Additionally, dermal threads can also provide a lifting effect around the mouth area, which can erase scars around the fold lines.
Removing my cold sore scar
If a cold sore has left a scar, an effective way to help reduce or remove them is with laser treatments provided by Dr. Miner. Dr. Miner has a Mastershcip Certification through the WCLI. Dr. Miner uses laser treatments to reduce the visibility of scars. The use of laser on scars typically takes several treatments as the laser stimulates new tissue to regenerate.
Call 970-442-5109 to find out how we can help you with facial scarring and stop your cold sores in Durango, CO.