Acne Solutions in a Syringe
Individuals suffering from severe cystic acne face much more than a skin condition. These large red lesions can lead to significant reductions in self-esteem that can impact a person’s personal and professional life. Large nodules and cysts can linger for weeks or even months, causing physical discomfort as well as emotional embarrassment. For these patients, Dr. Madnani offers a fast-acting injectable treatment that reduces those nodules quickly and completely.
What is Cystic Acne?
Cystic acne is a severe form of acne that forms deep underneath the skin’s surface. The infection forms a red bump filled with pus that can become very painful or itchy. If the bump bursts, it can spread the infection. These cysts are also more prone to scarring than other types of acne.
Cystic acne does not respond as well to treatments that work effectively on other types of acne. Oral and topical medications are often prescribed to help manage this condition. Oral or topical antibiotics, topical retinoids or the oral medication Accutane are the most common options.
While cystic acne is most commonly seen in teenagers, the condition can also appear during the adult years. The condition occurs when the skin pores become blocked with sebum (an oily substance produced by the body), hair and skin cells. The blockage leads to inflammation that becomes the visible pimples on the skin’s surface. Because cystic acne is more severe, it also results in more psychological distress than other acne conditions.
What is Kenalog?
Kenalog is an injectable corticosteroid that contains the active ingredient Triamcinolone. This substance boasts strong anti-inflammatory properties that can work at the source of the nodule to reduce its size and appearance. In addition to its use for cystic acne, Kenalog may be used to treat allergies, arthritis and other types of medical conditions.
Kenalog is not used as a preventative or maintenance treatment for acne. It is specifically recommended to treat large cysts that have formed, as a way of reducing the lesion faster than it would heal on its own. The medication works quickly, with some patients experiencing nearly immediate relief in their symptoms and significant improvement in the appearance of the cyst within a matter of days.
Benefits of Kenalog
There are a number of potential benefits to Kenalog injections, which is why Dr. Madnani offers the treatment to his Manhattan patients at Madnani Facial Plastics. Those benefits include:
- Fast reduction of even large acne nodules
- Relief from pain associated with these cysts
- Ability to clear skin quickly for major events and occasions
- Possible prevention of scarring common with cystic acne
Kenalog injections are performed by Dr. Madnani in just a few minutes of time. The injections use a very small needle, which makes the procedure relatively comfortable. If the patient is concern about pain during the injections, a topical numbing cream can be applied prior to treatment.
Once the injections are completed, patients can return to their regular activities right away. Any redness or mild swelling at the injection site will subside on its own within a matter of days. Improvement may be seen in the pimple almost immediately, which will continue to improve in the days following treatment.
Kenalog is not a treatment used for most types of acne and is not recommended as preventative or maintenance acne care. However, patients that are suffering with severe cystic acne may find physical and cosmetic relief with Kenalog treatments. To learn more, contact Madnani Facial Plastics at 212-203-8591 or 631-318-4008.