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Do you get back your normal lips back without a scar after cold sore is gone?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Generally yes

Fever blisters very rarely cause serious scarring.

In brief: Generally yes

Fever blisters very rarely cause serious scarring.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Usually

Most cold sores will heal with minimal scareing.

In brief: Usually

Most cold sores will heal with minimal scareing.
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Dr. Pedramine(Pedy) Ganchi
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Typically yes

Cold sores are viral lesions that spontaneously heal and should not typically leave a scar. If they are traumatized or manipulated there may be scar tissue formation as the wound heals.
Of course severe outbreaks are best treated with antiviral medications. Repeated trauma to the same area may over time lead to some permanent distortion and scarring.

In brief: Typically yes

Cold sores are viral lesions that spontaneously heal and should not typically leave a scar. If they are traumatized or manipulated there may be scar tissue formation as the wound heals.
Of course severe outbreaks are best treated with antiviral medications. Repeated trauma to the same area may over time lead to some permanent distortion and scarring.
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Dr. Archibald Miller
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Herpes labialis

The extent of the scarring you will suffer will depend on the severity of the outbreak.
One should immediately take the appropriate medications and consider applying a cream to the affected site. There is usually a prodromal phase of the attack where you might be able to alleviate the vesicular phase and thus decrease scarring. The more severe and prolonged the attack, the more the scarring that re.

In brief: Herpes labialis

The extent of the scarring you will suffer will depend on the severity of the outbreak.
One should immediately take the appropriate medications and consider applying a cream to the affected site. There is usually a prodromal phase of the attack where you might be able to alleviate the vesicular phase and thus decrease scarring. The more severe and prolonged the attack, the more the scarring that re.
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