At Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area, our board-certified dermatologists serve patients at our Petaluma and Hercules offices. We are committed to the highest standards, and we offer a full range of cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology procedures, as well as quality skin care products.
Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area
165 Lynch Creek Way | Petaluma, California 94954 | Phone: (707) 762-5531 | Fax: (707) 762-5976
500 Alfred Nobel Drive, Suite 245 | Hercules, California 94547 | Phone: (510) 741-7418 | Fax: (510) 741-7456
Intralesional steroids are available at different concentrations and the dermatologists at Stratum Clinic, Oxford are trained in their use in the treatment of a number of dermatological conditions including but not limited to, thickened scar reactions (hypertrophic and keloid scars), alopecia areata, abnormal nails in psoriasis (psoriatic nail dystrophy) and hypertrophic lichen planus. The benefit of the steroid becomes apparent over a few weeks as the powder dissolves and the injections may need to be repeated after about 8 weeks. When treating scarring we will often combine the injections with cryosurgery and pulsed dye laser treatment.
Intralesional injection of a steroid is done as an out-patient procedure, with no special preparation involved. You should tell the doctor if you have any allergies or problems with your general health. Although the area to be treated can be numbed with a local anesthetic, this is not normally necessary: the discomfort associated with the steroid injection is very similar to that caused by an injection of local anesthetic. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, a number of injections may be required.
Your doctor will probably place a small dressing over the injected site, and this can be removed after a few hours. Depending on the condition being treated, you may be offered further treatment sessions, at least several weeks apart.