Steroid Injection Scar Revision

Scarring can be a very natural part of life, but it does not have to be a permanent one. Here at Elanic Medical, we understand that the presence of visible scarring can be deeply frustrating, keeping you from showing off a clear, smooth look and enjoying your ideal appearance. In addition to other scar revision techniques, we’re pleased to offer steroid injections as a method of scar removal. This technique is ideal for the types of scars known as hypertrophic and keloid scars. These scars have a tendency to be raised and can be larger than normal scars, often raised above the surface of the skin. For this reason, these types of scars can cause patients to experience an increased sense of urgency, when it comes to finding an effective method for their removal. If you’re interested in learning more about steroid injections for scar removal, Elanic Medical is here to help. Reach out to us at our Glasgow location and speak with a helpful member of our team to get started and set up your initial consultation today.

What Are Steroid Injections?

Steroid injections, also known as corticosteroid injections, are a type of medication that is injected directly into a specific area of the body to reduce inflammation and pain. They contain a synthetic version of cortisol, a hormone that is naturally produced by the adrenal gland and are commonly used to treat a variety of conditions like arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, and other inflammatory conditions.

When utilised for the treatment of topical scarring, however, steroid injections can be highly effective and offer patients a non-surgical solution to scarring that can sometimes adversely impact one’s sense of self-esteem.

How Steroid Injections Work

Steroid injections work primarily by working to reduce the presence of inflammation in the affected area. Inflammation is your body's natural response to injury or infection, and it can cause pain, swelling, and redness. When the process that controls inflammation runs out of control, it can result in the presence of raised, visible scarring.

Corticosteroids, like those used in steroid injections, work by blocking the production of certain chemicals in the body that cause inflammation. This can help to reduce pain and swelling, and improves the visibility of raised scarring like the hypertrophic scars or keloid scars that can sometimes form after one has recovered from certain types of injury.

Are Steroid Injections Right for Me?

Steroid injections can be very effective for scar revision. In fact, they are often the first line of treatment for hypertrophic and keloid scars. However, the effectiveness of the injections can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size and location of the scar, the age of the scar, and the severity of the scar.

When you visit Elanic Medical for your consultation, your expert surgeon will get to know you and learn about the scarring that you wish to address. This will help them determine whether or not steroid injections are truly the right course of action, or if they should recommend another method for scar removal.

During this consultation, you’ll get to ask just about any question you might have about the procedure. You’ll be given a clear idea of what you can expect on the day of your scar removal procedure, including detailed aftercare instructions and a timeline that will detail everything you can expect from the recovery process.

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Your Steroid Injection Experience

During your steroid injection procedure, your practitioner will start by cleaning the area and applying a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. The steroid injections will then be administered directly into the scar tissue, with the number of injections needed depending on the size and severity of the scar.

After the injections, the area may be slightly swollen and red, but these side effects are quite mild and should subside within a few hours. You may also experience some mild discomfort, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication, with which we will be sure to provide you, as your comfort is our priority.

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