What It Is
Cortisone injections are given to treat a range of different medical conditions such as Alopeacia (bald circles on the scalp), Keloids, Hypertrophic Scars and Acne. It works quickly and effectively to calm redness and inflammation in the skin.
Cortisone injections can be used on many areas of the body including the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, and back. Before administering cortisone injections, Dr. Jain will examine the affected area and determine if it is the best treatment option for you and your unique skin condition. Then, the area will be numbed and a very fine needle will be used to administer the injection, minimizing discomfort and pain for our patients.
How It Works
Cortisone shots are often used for an emergency fix before a big event, such as a wedding, prom, or engagement party where you know that all eyes will be on you. Cortisone injections are made up of a compound that is naturally found in our bodies and is produced as a response to inflammation. However, natural cortisone is fairly short-acting and does not enable quick healing, which is why the injection is so effective. Found in the adrenal gland in our body, the steroidal hormone is extremely concentrated in a cortisone injection and can dramatically reduce redness and inflammation in a short period of time while also speeding up the healing process by a fraction.
Cortisone injections are very effective for the treatment of cystic acne. This is the type of acne that exists in the deepest layers of the skin, making it difficult to treat and eliminate as opposed to normal breakouts. A cortisone injection should dramatically reduce the size of a cystic acne breakout within a few hours, and eliminate it in about 24 hours.
Alopeacia is characterized by circular bald spots on the scalp. Although the reason why it occurs is unknown, a series of Cortisone injections administered to the affected area over several months is helpful for speeding up the hair growth process.
Although the most common side effect of cortisone is the thinning of skin, this works as an advantage when treating Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars. Cortisone shots administered monthly can eliminate itchiness, pain, and tightness associated with this type of scarring. Although it will not remove the colour of the scar, the pigmentation can fade away on its own within a couple of years. The elimination of left over pigmentation and discolouration can be quickly treated with a series of laser treatments as determined by Dr. Jain.
To see if Cortisone shots are right for you, book a consultation with Dr. Jain today.
How long do the results last?
The longevity of cortisone injections are dependent on the reason for treatment, but effects can typically last for several weeks.
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