Intralesional Steroid (I.L.S) is a dermatological treatment that involves the injection of a steroid medication directly into a specific skin lesion or area. It is commonly used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including keloids, hypertrophic scars, cystic acne, and certain inflammatory skin diseases. At SkinClin, we offer I.L.S as an effective solution to target and reduce the appearance of these skin concerns.
The I.L.S procedure typically involves the following steps:
Consultation: During your initial consultation, our dermatologists will evaluate your skin condition and determine if I.L.S is the appropriate treatment option for you. We will discuss your medical history, assess the severity of your condition, and address any concerns or questions you may have.
Preparation: Before the procedure, the treatment area will be cleansed and numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. Our dermatologists will then prepare the steroid medication in the appropriate concentration for your specific condition.
Injection: A fine needle injects The steroid medication into the targeted lesion or affected area. The depth and dosage of the injection will be determined based on the nature and extent of the skin condition being treated.
Post-Treatment Care: After the procedure, our dermatologists will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for the treated area. This may include avoiding excessive sun exposure, using gentle cleansers and moisturizers, and refraining from picking or scratching the treated site.
Benefits of I.L.S:
- Targeted Treatment: I.L.S allows for precise targeting of the affected area, delivering the medication directly to the problem site for maximum effectiveness.
- Reduction of Inflammation: Steroids injected into the lesion or affected area help reduce inflammation, which is often associated with skin conditions such as keloids, hypertrophic scars, and cystic acne.
- Improved Appearance: By reducing inflammation, I.L.S can lead to a visible improvement in the appearance of the treated area. It can help flatten keloids and hypertrophic scars, decrease the size of cystic acne lesions, and alleviate the symptoms of certain inflammatory skin diseases.
- Minimized Systemic Side Effects: Compared to oral or systemic steroid medications, I.L.S minimizes the risk of systemic side effects as the medication is localized to the targeted area.
Risks and Complications:
While I.L.S is generally safe, it is important to be aware of potential risks and complications, which may include:
- Localized Pain or Discomfort: Some individuals may experience temporary pain or discomfort at the injection site. This usually resolves on its own within a few days.
- Skin Discoloration: In rare cases, the injected area may develop temporary hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, resulting in a change in skin color. Our dermatologists will discuss the likelihood of such changes during your consultation.
Conclusion and CTA:
Intralesional Steroid (I.L.S) is a targeted and effective treatment option for various skin conditions, including keloids, hypertrophic scars, cystic acne, and inflammatory skin diseases. At SkinClin, our experienced dermatologists are skilled in administering I.L.S to address these concerns and help you achieve improved skin appearance and relief from associated symptoms.
Is I.L.S painful?
The injection itself may cause some discomfort, but our dermatologists take measures to minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Prior to the injection, a local anesthetic is often used to numb the treatment area. Most patients tolerate the procedure well and report only mild discomfort.
How many sessions of I.L.S are required for optimal results?
The number of sessions needed can vary depending on the specific skin condition being treated, its severity, and individual response to the treatment. Multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart are typically required to achieve optimal results. Our dermatologists will create a personalized treatment plan for you and discuss the expected number of sessions during your consultation.
Are there any side effects associated with I.L.S?
While I.L.S is generally safe, there can be some potential side effects. These may include temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. In rare cases, there may be a risk of infection or scarring. Our dermatologists will thoroughly explain the potential side effects and risks associated with I.L.S during your consultation.