I’m a doctor and you should know lip fillers can ‘activate’ herpes cold sores

IN recent months there has been an uptick in celebrities getting their lip fillers disolved.

Love Island's Faye Winter and Molly-Mae Hague have both recently revealed more natural looking lips.

Many people have also previously come forward after their lip fillers had gone wrong.

One woman said she looked toothless after having her lips done after paying out for fillers.

One expert has now revealed everything you need to know about lip fillers and how they could actually leave you with nasty sores.

Speaking to The Sun, Dr Ross Perry cosmetic doctor of skin clinics chain Cosmedics said lip fillers are great when done sympathetically to the patients natural shape and size of their lips in relation to their face.

He added: "However we often see this is not done and expectations of ‘natural’ looking lips are nowhere to be seen despite assurances from practitioners that will be the case. 

"I would NOT get lips done unless I completely trusted the medical practitioner or is recommendation from a friend who I can see their work first hand.

"Other reasons to avoid are if you have cold sores as potential to increase outbreaks, previous scars or wounds to the lip area, your original doctor has advised not to do any more.

"You need to do your research and not find the nearest place especially if its out of a beauty salon as there is no guarantee you can find the practitioner again should anything go wrong as mobile practitioners are often not around when you need them."

Lip fillers can cause herpes for people who already carry the virus, with the injections triggering it.

Dr Perry said that some lip filler procedures can lead to abscesses and scarring with resulting deformity of the lip.

He explained that there could also be 'colds sore activation' and vascular occlusion which is a medical emergency where filler blocks a vein or artery and can lead to skin death and loss of lip area as well as scarring.

A ban on botox and lip fillers for kids has now been activated after The Sun's 'Had Our Fill' campaign.

As of yet, there isn't legislation in the UK to prevent non-medical professionals from delivering injectable cosmetic treatments.

But the general consensus in the industry is that they should only be performed by qualified medical professionals who have experience with needles.

It's one of the reasons The Sun launched its Had Our Fill campaign to stop adverts on social media and have a Government-backed register for practitioners. Lip fillers were banned for under 18s after our campaign.

Dr Perry said you should avoid procedures that have an adverse risk ratio to results.

He explained that such risks can be infection, blood clots, skin irregularities, swelling, deformity and persistent discomfort as well as poor success rate. 

When it comes to non-surgical procedures, Dr Perry said nose jobs with dermal fillers run the risk of skin loss and slight loss when there is only a minimal improvement as the risk is just not worth it.  

He added: "‘Plexr’ or plasma which is meant to help with upper eyelids by essentially burning the skin to cause it shrivel and often leaves scars and does not even work."

Dr Perry said that patients who have had fat freezing for a double chin are often unhappy as the procedure is often not very effective.

When it comes to surgical procedures, he warned that you should be on your guard.

He said: "Going abroad is foolish as the complications from work abroad are numerous and patients seem happy to the risk their faces and body for saving money.

"It would be better to be patient and wait and save to have it done by a reputable BAAPS trained surgeon in the UK.

"Getting a deal/offer is madness and is now against guidelines so if they are offering deals and discounts then you need to be wary as they are treating you as another ‘number’ and not a patient."

He said you should always look at the risks involved on the consent form and whether or not the clinic is happy accept responsibility if anything goes wrong.

He said there are some procedure you should avoid or consider as a 'last resort'.

He explained: "One stitch facelifts are not common place as reputable surgeons don’t offer them as they don’t work or are of limited value.

"Butt lifts  or BBL (Brazilian butt lift) are very high risk with using your own fat or implant and young fit and well patients have died from this procedure, is it really worth the risk?"

Dr Perry also highlighted labiaplasty – and said that this is only really recommended if the labia is above normal size which is usually around 2cm, but that 4cm is also considered normal unless you are in discomfort.

He said: "Otherwise the rise of pornography and expectations of the ‘designer vagina’ with small or no labia trends see more people possibly undergoing this procedure without due consideration for the psychological impact it may have on them.

"So again needs very careful consideration and seek expert opinion."

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