Introduction to Cortisone Injections

Cystic acne is unsightly and unattractive, especially when it is all over your face. The sheer embarrassment only contributes to lessening your self-confidence. If oral medication does not work or even makeup can’t cover the acne anymore, you will need a powerful solution that deals with these harsh breakouts.
At Sage Medical Aesthetics, we recommend a better cystic acne solution in the form of cortisone injections.
These injectables reduce inflammation and diminish the appearance of the acne, which prevents further scarring. Cortisone injections are also used for the inflammation of the joints on the ankle, elbow, hip, knee, and more.

What Are Cortisone Injections?

Cortisone injections typically contain corticosteroid medicine that primarily focuses on reducing inflammation. These injections are used for cosmetic and medical purposes, especially for severe cystic acne and joint pain.
Cystic acne is pus-filled cysts that form deep under the skin. The severe swelling or inflammation is due to bacteria getting into the pores. Cystic acne is considered the worst form of acne and can cause damage to the surface of the skin, including terrible scarring or keloids.
Cortisone injections are also used to alleviate various symptoms of the joints, from inflammatory arthritis to back pain or tendonitis (repetitive strain or injury on the wrist, ankle, or feet). When cortisone is injected into the inflamed joint, it can rapidly relieve pain, swelling, and irritation.

How Do Cortisone Injections Work?

Our Sage Medical Aesthetics experts will apply a local anesthetic to the treated area for numbing. The cortisone injections have corticosteroids, the synthetic version of cortisol, which is a steroid hormone that our bodies naturally produce.
As an anti-inflammatory medicine, it suppresses the immune system and inflammatory processes. Cortisone injections are extremely effective when they directly target the affected areas. For cystic acne and other types of pimples (whiteheads, blackheads, pustules, etc.), cortisone is injected into them to reduce the size of the swelling and speed up healing. Acne will slowly decrease in size until it disappears. You can see visible results 24–72 hours after treatment.
In some cases, especially with joint symptoms, an ultrasound or fluoroscopy (a type of X-ray) is needed to guide the cortisone injection accurately. You will feel some pressure when the needle is injected, but overall, the treatment is non-invasive and relatively pain-free.

Benefits of Cortisone Injections

Prevents Further Infections

As cortisone injections directly target the infected area of the skin, specifically stubborn cystic acne, there is less chance of infection in other unaffected areas. The acne will not spread, and you can keep your skin clean and clear.

Safe and Comfortable Treatment

Cystic acne and joint pain already sting as is, so when a hypoallergenic needle is inserted into them, a slight prickly sensation can occur. But the moment the cortisone hits, quick relief comes right after.

Reduces Scarring

When cystic acne reduces in size, it also flattens on the surface of the skin. It will not have an opportunity to burst and leave a pitted scar. If you have developed keloids (raised scars), cortisone injections can also flatten them.

Instant Pain Relief

Whether or not your joint pain was caused by repetitive use or a sports injury, a cortisone injection can immediately relieve soreness and pain.

Improves Mobility and Assists in Healing

Cortisone injections can work in tandem with your physical therapy and medications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for cortisone injections?

We recommend that you consult with our Sage Medical Aesthetics experts to diagnose your skin condition or joint symptoms. If you are currently taking blood thinners, you may have to stop before the injections. This will reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding.

How many cortisone injections should I get?

For the inflammation of the joints, your shots will typically be limited to a set number. Overdoing it may lead to further cartilage damage. For cystic acne, expect multiple injections at different sites in one session. Our experts at Sage Medical Aesthetics will determine the number of injections depending on your skin or joint condition.

Can all pimples be treated with cortisone injections?

These injections treat large acne cysts and nodules. If your pimples are small, you do not require cortisone shots.

How long do cortisone injections work?

You will see significant shrinking and flattening of your acne within 24–72 hours. In general, you can expect a decrease in acne lesions and inflammation.

How fast is the pain relief from cortisone injections for joint problems?

The effects of the injections are quick, relieving pain in just a few days. These also prevent acute flare-ups and allow you to move around while receiving other physical and medical therapies.

Why Choose Sage Medical Aesthetics
for Cortisone Injections

  • Expert Specialists in Non-Surgical Procedures: Our skilled specialists, experts in non-surgical procedures, ensure precise and effective cortisone injections tailored to your needs.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Customized treatment plans for skin care and joint symptoms, addressing your unique requirements with personalized care.
  • Fast Pain Relief and Prevention: Healthcare experts administer cortisone injections targeting skin conditions and joint issues, providing swift pain relief and preventing further complications.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Modern, well-equipped facilities uphold high standards, offering a comfortable and hygienic environment for your cortisone injection experience.
  • Safety and Overall Well-Being: Committed to your safety, we prioritize not only the aesthetics but also your overall well-being, ensuring you look good and feel better after the procedure.