Do Steroid (Cortisone) Shots Eliminate/or Help to Greatly Reduce Redness in Scars.

Do Steroid (Cortisone) Shots Eliminate/or Help to Greatly Reduce Redness in Scars.

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Redness of Scar Best Treated with Vascular Lasers

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The Redness of Scars is Best Treated with Vascular Lasers, such as the pulse dye laser. The IPL sources (green spectrum) are also helpful. 

Pulsed dye scar laser (PDSL) for scars

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Redness and inflammation are an important part of scar formation.  To treat, I use a combination of IIT and pulsed dye scar laser. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

No, steroid shots do not help reduce redness in scars.

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Steroid shots (intralesional steroid injections) are useful in keloids, and hypertrophic scars to reduce scar bulk and also improve symptoms like itching and irritation to a small extent. 

Redness in a scar,alone, is not a reason to consider injecting steroids into it.

 

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