Intralesional Cortisone injections for Alopecia Areata


Intralesional Cortisone injections for Alopecia Areata

Alopecia Areata is a condition which causes localised hair loss on the scalp or other hair bearing areas. It is an autoimmune condition which causes your own immune system to attack your own hair follicles.The exact trigger for this remains unknown but it is thought that certain factors such as stress, trauma, hormonal changes and viral infections can be implicated in the occurrence or relapse of the condition. 

The most common presentation is a sudden onset bald patch that rapidly grows in size. You can have one or multiple patches at one time. In most people, new hair eventually grows back in the affected areas, although this process can take months. Approximately 50 percent of people with mild alopecia areata recover within a year; however, most people will experience more than one episode during their lifetime. In a small minority of patients the hair may not grow back. 


​We offer intralesional cortisone injection directly into the bald patches to suppress your own immune system. Evidence shows that this is the most effective treatment available for patchy alopecia areata and can lead to regrowth. The injections are done under local anaesthesia to ensure they are comfortable. 

Length of Procedure

30 min


Expected Recovery Time

24 hours


Expected Results

3-6 months

How often are treatments done?

One session every 4-6 weeks. Maximum sessions 6.   


$250 for lesion < 5 cm^2

$300 for lesion between 5-10 cm^2

$350-450 for multiple lesions or lesions > 10 cm^2