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Steroid injections - an essential part of the hair loss toolbox

Steroid injections are a key part of the hair loss physician's toolbox. Without steroid injections, I am severely limited in treating certain types of hair loss - especially those associated with inflammation.

The conditions shown here are associated with some degree of inflammation and steroid injections can help.

Side Effects

Few hair loss treatments cause the amount of fear that steroid injections cause. When used appropriately, steroid injections can be very helpful and safe. Anyone thinking about steroid injections must speak to their physician about all the risks and benefits. Steroid injections can cause slight discomfort when injected and can cause a temporary dimpling of the skin. Very little gets absorbed into tue body, but nevertheless can be important in those with diabetes, high blood pressure and a few other medical issues. All in all steroid injections can be extremely helpful in the treatment of many hair loss conditions. There are several different compounds used for such injections including triamcinolone acetonide shown here. A physician will choose a variety of concentrations ranging from 2.5 to 10 mg per mL.


Dr. Jeff Donovan is a Canadian and US board certified dermatologist specializing exclusively in hair loss. To schedule a consultation, please call the Vancouver office at 604.283.9299



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