Steroid Injection For Scars


If you suffer from raised scars from acne or other injuries, intralesional steroid injections are an established way to flatten and improve the scar apprearance.

Acne scars most often look like small indentations on the skin, but sometimes the reverse can occur. Most commonly seen on the chest and back, keloidal acne scars are disfiguring and notoriously difficult to clear. Intralesional steroid injections have been used since the mid-60s for the treatment of raised keloids, flattening scars by softening skin and shrinking down hard scar tissues. Seemingly simple at first glance, intralesional cortisone injection is not without its risks. The expertise and injection technique employed is just as crucial as the amount and dilution of the medication used, as there’s always a risk of fat atrophy with steroid injection(s) that can result in dimpling or converting the raised scars into atrophic scarring if not done properly. Generally speaking, usually three or more injections that are given one month apart are needed to achieve the desired results and therapy can continue for six months or longer, as there is up to a 50% chance that the symptoms of your raised scar will recur.

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