Do Kenalog injections regularly cause a fat atrophy/dent?
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Kenalog induced fat atrophy
These can at times be permanent.
The best way to avoid this is to avoid having steroid injections. Perhaps you could have your doctor prescribe oral steroids instead of giving them as injectables.
The second best way to minimize fat atrophy from steroid injections is to do true intramuscular injections.
These injections should generally be done into the gluteus muscle but sometimes fall short of that depth and end up being injected in the subcutaneous fat instead.
Fat atrophy you can begin gradually or at times develop within a few weeks.
It typically causes the fat the shrink and creates a Divet like appearance.
Steroid induced fat atrophy is random and unpredictable.
The great majority of people who have steroid ejections do not develop these.
Some people can have steroid injections throughout your life and never see fat atrophy while others can have a single injection leaving a disfiguring defect..
Mats Hagstrom M.D.