Intralesional Corticosteroids

Immediately after treatment:

  • During and immediately after treatment, you will likely experience mild-to-moderate pain.
  • No special dressings are necessary after treatment.

Days and weeks after treatment:

  • In rare cases, patients experience skin lightening, spider veins, and thinning of the skin as side effects of intralesional corticosteroid treatment.

Longer term:

  • Skin lightening, spider veins, and thinning of the skin are rare side effects, but they can be long-term.
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