What are Intralesional steroids?

This procedure involves the injection of a steroid into abnormal skin to help improve its appearance or reduce symptoms. It is most commonly used for treating thick or keloid scars, cystic acne and alopecia areata (a form of hair loss). This procedure is usually well tolerated but injections at some sites is uncomfortable. The other side effects are thinning of the skin, telangiectasia (small blood vessels in the treated area) and changes in pigmentation. Treatment is not always effective and the condition may recur.

The procedure is performed in the clinic room and takes a few minutes.