Intralesional injection is a process whereby a corticosteroid is injected directly into a skin lesion or irregular growth. The goal in using intralesional injection is to improve the appearance of a lesion and also reduce symptoms associated with the lesion such as itching or pain. Corticosteroids are steroids produced mainly by the adrenal glands and are naturally occurring chemicals. An intralesional injection is an outpatient treatment and takes little time and little recovery.
Intralesional injections are used by medical professionals to address a wide range of dermatological conditions including keloids, plaques of dermatitis and alopecia areata. These injections are particularly popular for treating keloids, raised skin lesions that create social and emotional discomfort for some patients. Intralesional injections are a quick and safe process. Some minor side effects include hypopigmentation at the area of injection and atrophy.
We recommend consulting a specialist to help determine if intralesional injection is the best treatment option for you.