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Steroid injections are commonly used to treat alopecia areata and scarring alopecias. The treatment involves having a number of injections which deliver a corticosteroid solution directly into bald patches. 2 to 50 injections may be performed depending on the size of the area that is being addressed.

Steroid injections aim to first supress the immune system that occurs in alopecia areata. This prevents them from attacking hair follicles so they can function normally and trigger hair regrowth. These injections are repeated about every four to six weeks and tend to work best in those who have small patches of hair loss. It may be necessary to repeat this treatment every few months.


In a study of 84 patients, 92 percent of participants with patchy alopecia areata and 61 percent of participants with alopecia totalis (total baldness) experienced regrowth on treated areas.


When performed properly with the right concentration and amount, injection treatments are very safe. Our hair loss specialist, Dr Cotrufo can use steroid injections to stop or reduce inflammation under the scalp in many hair loss conditions.

Why choose Steroid injections?

This treatment is appropriate for individuals who have been diagnosed with alopecia, so can treat various hair loss conditions such as alopecia areata and some types of traction. It most suitable for patchy, relatively stable hair loss, of limited extent.


What can Steroid injections achieve?

  • Effective treatment for alopecia areata

  • Boosts hair growth

  • Results usually visible within four weeks

  • Brings down inflammation for regrowth

  • Boosts immune system’s defensive capabilities

What are the alternatives to Steroid injections?

The London Hair Loss Clinic offers a number of effective alternatives to Steroid injections. Find out more about LHLC’s non-surgical alternatives.


Before your Steroid injections treatment

Dr Stefano Cotrufo always invites his patients for at least two consultations before any procedure to make sure everything is clear. The targets are agreed in writing and patients are fully aware of the possible risks and complications associated with Steroid injections.


During your consultation, you will:


  • Be able to discuss your circumstances

  • Undergo a microscopic examination of your hair and scalp combined with a medical history check

  • Undergo a health evaluation to define the cause of the hair loss and to work with you to develop a treatment plan

  • Be given time to ask advice and pose questions to Dr Cotrufo

  • Discuss the options that are open to you, including costs and timescales

  • Ask about risks, benefits and alternatives to Steroid Injections

  • Learn more about Steroid injections

Do you have any questions about Steroid injections?


Each case of hair loss is unique and understand your goals are personal to you. We can help you understand your individual case of hair loss and walk you through your options. Please call the London Hair Loss Clinic today on 020 7666 3147.

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