(located in the Avondale area of Everett, WA)
Acne Cyst Injections
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 treatments. Sometimes cysts can last
for weeks or months and if left untreated can potentially scar.
If you have a
cyst or nodule and you have a big event coming up, such as a party or a wedding
a cortisone injection is a way to possibly shorten the duration of the lesion.
The cortisone injection can also decrease the likelihood of scarring. Cortisone
injections do not have to be reserved for special occasions. Feel free to make
an appointment for injections on an as-needed basis.
Cortisone Injection FAQ's
Q. What is a cortisone
is a naturally occurring chemical which is released in the body in response to
inflammation. The cortisone produced by the body 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 by the
adrenal gland. Cortisone is often referred to as a steroid, but should not be
confused with anabolic steroids which are drugs used to increase muscle size
and have multiple side effects.
Q. What does the
cortisone injection do?
Cortisone can quickly reduce inflammation and promote faster healing. With
cystic acne lesions healing usually begins immediately.
Q. What are the side
most notable side effect is that the area can be left sunken or depressed. This
is due to atrophy of the fatty tissue surrounding the injection. This atrophy
is temporary, but can take several months or longer to return to normal. Other
side effects are rare, but may include temporary pain and hypopigmentation
(white spots) at the site of the injection.
Q. Is there
anyone who can't have a cortisone injection?
A. People taking medication for high blood
pressure, diabetes or thyroid disorders or who have reduced liver function are
generally not good candidates for cortisone injections. Also cortisone is not
recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy
in the near future.