Esteem Medical Esthetics

STEROID INJECTION FOR ACNE

Cysts and nodules are large acne lesions (5mm or more in diameter). They are deep within the skin and are therefore sometimes resistant to topical treatment. Sometimes cysts and nodules can last for weeks or even months if left untreated, and can scar.

If you have a cyst or nodule and you have a big event on the horizon like prom, your wedding, etc., a cortisone shot is a way to quickly reduce swelling and heal the lesion. Cortisone shots need not be reserved for special occasions. Feel free to make an appointment with Dr. Jezdic for injections on an as-needed basis.

What is it?

Cortisone is a natural chemical which is released in our bodies in response to inflammation. The cortisone our body produces is somewhat short acting however, and often does not produce the quick healing that is desired. For this reason, cortisone is sometimes injected directly into an area of inflammation. Cortisone is a corticosteroid, a steroid hormone which is produced in the adrenal gland. Cortisone is often referred to as a "steroid," but should not be confused with "anabolic steroids" which are drugs used for increased strength and muscle size and come with a plethora of harmful side effects.

What does it do?

Cortisone can dramatically reduce inflammation and hasten healing. With cystic acne lesions in particular, healing usually begins immediately.


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