Any Risks with Kenalog to Diminish ArteFill Lump?

I was told that kenalog can help diminish ArteFill lump. I guess my main concern are the kenalog side affects. Could kenalog injected into the face cause significant atrophy. What would be the safest dosage to prevent this?

Doctor Answers 3

Kenalog for facial lumps, bumps and swelling

The amount of Kenalog that is injected for any type of facial swelling has to be determined by the surgeon.  Unless there are repeated injections, there is very little chance of having permanent atrophy.  Each case has to be evaluated individually and it is better to give a lower dose than too high a dose. 

San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Kenalog for Artefill lumps can cause atrophy

Although it is the treatment of choice for trying to diminish Artefill when an injection needs to be corrected, Kenalog is a steriod and all steriods have the potential to cause atrophy when injected in skin.  When used in a dilute, small volume dose and not injected too frequently, there is a very small risk of atrophy.  It is usually a very safe procedure when performed by an experienced physician.

Lorrie Klein, MD
Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon
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Kenalog for lumps & bumps

Injecting kenalog into any lump or bump (e.g. filler, keloid, hypertrophic scar) when performed by a dermatologist or other well-trained specialist is a safe technique, although there is always a small risk of lipoatrophy (developing a depression in the skin) and slight discolouration in the area if the kenalog leaks out a bit. 

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
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