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What is alopecia areata?

According to recent studies, it is estimated that 1 in every 1000 people is likely to suffer from alopecia areata within their lifetime.

Do you suffer from alopecia areata and are unsure of what treatment options are available to you to reduce or reverse hair loss? Hair Doctors are alopecia areata specialists in Sydney. With decades of experience helping hundreds of people with this condition using alopecia areata cortisone injections, we can help you too.

For more information on Alopecia treatment, Sydney, please contact us today or book your consultation.

Alopecia areata is a condition that causes patchy hair loss on the scalp, face, and sometimes other areas of the body. It is one of the many auto immune diseases, meaning the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy hair follicles. A hair follicle is a sheath of cells and connective tissue which surrounds the root of a hair.

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If you are suffering from patches of hair loss or receding hairline
caused by alopecia, cortisone injections could help you

Benefits of alopecia
areata cortisone injections

  • Quick relief: Cortisone injections provide quick relief from the symptoms of alopecia areata, such as patchy hair loss, itching, and burning.
  • Minimal side effects: Cortisone injections are generally considered safe and have few side effects.
  • Results: Cortisone injections can help to reduce hair loss and stimulate hair growth in some cases.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Cortisone injections are a cost-effective treatment option for alopecia areata.
  • Boost self-esteem and confidence.

Alopecia Treatment Sydney

Cortisone injections are commonly used as a treatment for alopecia areata. This type of treatment works by suppressing the immune system and helping to stop the body from attacking the hair follicles – the main cause of alopecia areata.

The injections are usually given directly into the scalp and can be repeated every four to six weeks. In some cases, multiple injections may be needed to achieve the desired effect. While cortisone injections are generally safe, they can cause some side effects, such as temporary scalp irritation and thinning of the scalp.

A scalp biopsy and blood tests may be necessary for diagnosing alopecia areata if there is any doubt about the diagnosis before starting with the treatment.

Alopecia Areata Cortisone Injections - Hair Doctors

Cortisone injections can stimulate new hair growth
in men and women suffering from hair thinning.

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Alopecia areata is one of the many autoimmune diseases that cause hair loss. Cortisone injections can help with this condition.

What causes
alopecia areata?

The exact cause of alopecia areata is unknown, but it is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Genetics may play a role, as the condition is believed to be more likely to occur in families with a history of autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms of alopecia areata

The main symptom of alopecia areata is patchy hair loss, usually starting with one or more small, round bald patches on the scalp or other parts of the body.

Other symptoms can include:

  • Thinning of the scalp hair
  • Complete baldness (alopecia totalis)
  • Loss of all body hair (alopecia universalis)
  • Itching or tingling in the scalp
  • Sudden shedding of clumps of hair
  • Burning or tenderness in the scalp
  • Patches of broken hairs that look like exclamation points
  • Nail changes, such as white spots, pits in the nail, or brittle nails.

How it works

Cortisone injections for alopecia areata are a common treatment option. The injections are usually given directly into the affected area of the scalp or skin. A very small amount of cortisone is injected and usually only once every 6 weeks.

The treatment is done with a very small needle, and the medication is injected into the scalp or skin. The injections typically cause minimal discomfort, and the treatment may be repeated every 6 weeks, as needed.

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.

The length of the procedure is approximately 30 min. The expected recovery time is 24 hours. A patient can expect to see results within 3-6 months.

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Alopecia areata injection costs

The price of cortisone injections at our Sydney practice is as follows:

  • $250 / for 1 vial (small-size lesion)
  • $300 / for 2 vials (medium size lesion)
  • $350 / for 3 vials (large lesion)
  • $400+ / for >3 vials (multiple lesions)

Follow-up appointment

We recommend one session every 6 weeks for the best results. Maximum 6 sessions per year.

Please visit our website for a free quote. We also offer finance options for your convenience. 

Why choose us

If you are looking to restore your hair, then Hair Doctors is the place for you! Located in Sydney, we are the premier hair loss clinic offering medical and surgical hair restoration services. Our doctor-led service includes hair loss consultations, digital scalp analysis, medication, and growth factor treatments for both men and women.

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Dr Ateka obtained her qualification from the University of Dundee, UK in 2006. She has over 10 years of experience in Aesthetic Medicine and Minor Surgery, including anaesthesia and acute care.

She received further training from the esteemed London Hair Restoration Academy, specialising in micro FUE extraction and DHI implantation techniques for hair transplant surgery.


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In 2009, Dr Oz graduated from the University of Dundee, UK with a qualification in Men’s Health and Aesthetic Medicine. He then furthered his qualifications in medical education and is currently the Medical Advisor/Educator for MOSH, Australia’s leading online Men’s Health platform.

He is accredited by the London Hair Restoration Academy and specialises in using the most up-to-date micro FUE extraction and DHI implantation techniques for transplant surgery.

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If you require more information on alopecia treatments, please read our most frequently asked questions:

Some GPs may be able to treat Alopecia Areata if they have a specialist interest in hair disease. At Hair Doctors, we pride ourselves on being specialists in this field and regularly treat Alopecia Areata with Cortisone injections with good effect.

No, alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes sudden hair loss in patches. In contrast, male pattern hair loss is a genetic condition that causes thinning of hair at the temples and crown of the head.

No, androgenetic or androgenic alopecia and telogen effluvium are not the same as alopecia areata. Androgenetic alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by an inherited genetic sensitivity to the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is produced from male hormones.

Telogen effluvium is a form of hair loss that occurs when the normal cycle of how hair grows is disrupted. Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disorder that causes patchy hair loss.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

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