Dr. Hina Altaf Dermatologist

Intralesional Injections

Intralesional Injections

Intralesional injections are effective for a wide range of indications, are easily performed, and are relatively safe. The rationale for intralesional therapy is simple: to deliver medication directly into a specific skin lesion to treat local tissues with minimal systemic effects.

These injections can be used to treat a variety of conditions like keloids, and alopecia areata. The injection is typically given with a small needle, and the medication is injected into the middle layer of skin or tissue. The skin also serves as a reservoir, allowing medication deposited in the dermis to be delivered over a period of time, resulting in prolonged therapy,  providing targeted treatment to the affected area, while avoiding or minimizing the adverse effects of systemic therapy.

There are several types of medications that can be used for intralesional injections, depending on the condition being treated. The common type of intralesional injection is corticosteroids. Corticosteroids are a type of steroid hormone that can be used to reduce inflammation and swelling in the affected area. They are commonly used to treat skin conditions such as keloids, eczema, and alopecia areata.

Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate type of intralesional injection for your specific condition and individual needs.

Minimal Downtime

You can return to your daily routine immediately after

Immediate Results

Results within 24 to 48 hours, with full results in 30 days

Painless Procedure

Brief period of discomfort during the injection, similar to a pinch

Results That Last

Effects typically last for several months

Intralesional injections involve the direct injection of medication into a specific skin lesion or affected area. These injections are commonly used to treat various dermatological conditions, such as keloids, hypertrophic scars, alopecia areata, psoriasis, acne cysts, and certain inflammatory skin conditions.
During an intralesional injection, a small needle is inserted into the targeted lesion or affected area. The medication is then injected directly into the lesion or surrounding tissue. The injection may cause mild discomfort, but a local anesthetic can be used to minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
Intralesional injections may cause some discomfort during the procedure, as the needle is inserted into the lesion or affected area. However, a local anesthetic can be used to numb the area and minimize any pain or discomfort. Your healthcare provider will take steps to ensure your comfort during the procedure. If you have concerns about pain or discomfort, it's important to discuss them with your healthcare provider beforehand so that appropriate measures can be taken.
Although generally considered safe, intralesional injections may have some side effects. These can include pain or discomfort at the injection site, temporary skin discoloration or thinning, localized swelling, and rarely, infection. It's important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of intralesional injections with your healthcare provider before undergoing the procedure.
The number of treatments required varies depending on the condition being treated and individual factors. Some conditions may require multiple injections over several weeks or months, while others may show improvement after just one or a few treatments. Your healthcare provider will develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and provide guidance on the expected timeline for results.

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Dr. Hinah Altaf’s clinic is currently at Gargash Hospital, 145 Umm Suqeim Street – Umm Al Sheif -Dubai.