Steroid Injections
Acne Treatment in Charlotte

At Evolve Medical Associates, we offer a variety of medical skin care, aesthetic, and wellness treatments to meet your needs. Our experts are dedicated to providing patients in Charlotte with the highest quality services to support your overall health and well-being.

For patients struggling with acne, breakouts can be a nightmare — especially deep cystic lesions that not only make you feel self-conscious, but can also be painful. At Evolve, we offer acne shots to address severe breakouts.

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All About Acne Shots

Intralesional injections, also known as cortisone shots, are used to help shrink large, inflammatory acne cysts. Done in-office at Evolve, this treatment quickly reduces inflammation, flattening and healing the breakout in just a few days.

This procedure involves the injection of a dilute steroid solution into acne cysts, with the aim of improving their appearance and reducing symptoms. The steroid most frequently used in this procedure is called Kenalog (triamcinolone acetonide), which is injected directly into the blemish.

Why Steroids are Used for Acne Shots

Corticosteroids have a variety of properties, but their ability to suppress inflammation has led them to be utilized as a treatment for skin conditions. Unlike their topical and oral counterparts, steroid injections are more effective in treating deep-seated conditions, and will have only a localized effect in its injection site. This makes steroid shots a quick and practically painless solution for cystic acne blemishes.

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18:13 28 Jan 23
I’m very impressed with Dr. Sudy and his team. I’ve had some bad experiences with other Wilmington doctors but Dr. Sudy is amazing! I was extremely impressed by his results, even after telling him this he insisted that I come in for a follow up to ensure that his work was perfect. He made a slight adjustment on our follow up for something I hadn’t even noticed. I will definitely be returning and will be encouraging my family and friends to make the switch to him and his team.
Leah SingletonLeah Singleton
22:35 11 Jan 23
I don’t typically give reviews but can’t say enough good things about Dr Sudi and his staff. I’ve seen him a handful of times for fillers and Botox and I’m always more than pleased. He takes his time and listens to my concerns and always gives a natural and improved look. I’ve been to 3 other well known practices before him and he is definitely the best.
Jo-Anne NeilsonJo-Anne Neilson
17:51 21 Oct 22
I have been using this medspa for more than a dozen years and I've never experienced anything but wonderful service from Dr. Sudy and his front desk staff. Today I had a relatively new employee inject my neurotoxin (Benjamin Epstein) and he was careful and thorough. I would gladly use him again.
Denise HelmsDenise Helms
20:53 30 Sep 22
The doctors and staff at Evolve are extremely knowledgeable and professional. The level of service is the highest that I have experienced at a Med Spa. everyone is genuinely concerned about my objectives and works to ensure that I am comfortable throughout my procedures. I frequently receive compliments on my skin since I’ve started using Evolve. My results are the best advertisement! I am extremely pleased and highly recommend Evolve.
Jenny NguyenJenny Nguyen
15:34 23 Sep 22
You are in good hands no matter what service you’re getting withIsabella and Dr. Sudy. They provide the best service from A-Z.Beautiful people with wonderful personality who provide the best-top-notch service!Highly recommended Evolve! The staffs here are awesome; amazing place!
Stephanie PutalaStephanie Putala
17:10 09 Sep 22
Dr. Sudy was personable and thorough. He even had his little dog sit with me during the treatment. Very happy with the results and will be a return client!
Chelsea GriggChelsea Grigg
16:11 16 Aug 22
After doing research on coolsculpting and med spas, I found Evolve medical Associates. I scheduled a consultation with ease. The whole staff is awesome and very helpful. We scheduled the procedures and Isabella, who does the coolsculpting is so much fun, very straightforward about everything so there were no surprises. She made the experience very pleasant and I enjoyed coming in just to talk to her. It’s been a few months since the procedures and I was able to wear a bikini at the pool/beach with confidence for the first time since I’ve had my children. I even feel more confident in my clothes and I’m so thankful for her skills and her attention to detail.
Rebecca DayRebecca Day
17:32 17 Jul 22
Wonder experience! I highly recommend everyone in this practice
12:14 19 May 22
Run, don't want to get their skin care pads. The retinol pads are prescription grade and made fresh at checkout! Also loving my skin pen with PRP results!
20:00 07 Apr 22
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17:38 18 Mar 22
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15:24 05 Mar 22
Evolve is Amazing! Professional, the absolute best. And sooo fun! I have been to a couple of other medical spas for some work and this was by far my favorite and most enjoyable experience. Isabella is an artist! She is thorough, and has exquisite attention to detail. I walked out feeling like my best self. Can’t wait to come back.
Stephanie HymesStephanie Hymes
19:44 29 Dec 21
Evolve medical is truly the best! Trinity and Cortney couldn’t be more accommodating! Cindy is professional, punctual and perfectly pleasant!I very much appreciate great service and they always provide it!!!
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15:16 09 Dec 21
Dr Sudy is amazing. I’ve been seeing him for 11 years and he only gets better. The staff is lovely and the office comfortable. If I could give them 20 stars I would.
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21:12 04 Dec 21
I have been going to Evolve for many years and it’s always a very enjoyable experience that I recommend highly. From the moment you walk into the door the staff makes you feel welcomed and like family.The broad range of services to the vast array of products they offer are exceptional!
Lacey StephensLacey Stephens
21:36 13 Nov 21
Isabella is absolutely amazing! I got coolsculpting with her and the results are incredible. She knew exactly what she was doing and I am so happy i chose to do my treatment with her! She goes above and beyond for her patients. I couldn’t go during the day because of work and she stayed after hours for me plus gave me her number to answer all my questions!! If you are looking to do coolsculpting you must go to Isabella - trust me!
Catherine HicksCatherine Hicks
00:46 02 Nov 21
Cool sculpting treatment was as comfortable as it possibly could have been. Everything was explained very clearly, including how to prepare for it. Isabella Ayescue is excellent at what she does. Very effective after my first treatment so came back for another.
Liza DuncanLiza Duncan
18:03 28 Oct 21
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Gina HabibiGina Habibi
17:50 25 Sep 21
Evolve Medical is great! I’m lucky to have found this gem when I moved. Staff are always welcoming, fun and professional. Shout out to Dr. Sudy for great lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxer work! Isabella’s BBLs are always on point. Her BBL forever young always turns out fabulous. Sun damage spots removed and face has a glow that people actually stop me to comment on. Thank you Evolve team!
Sandra ToroSandra Toro
14:22 19 Aug 21
Great environment and professional staff. Very pleased with the services I received. Will definitely come back!!!
13:25 27 Jul 21
I drive 4 hours to go to Dr. Sudy. Well worth the trip! Sandra

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Acne Shots Hurt?

Steroid injections for acne treatment are done with a very small needle, like those used for BOTOX® injections. Most patients describe the sensation of the injection as a slight pinch. However, if your acne cyst is already very painful, it can be a bit more painful than usual when the needle is inserted, but luckily the entire process is over in just a few seconds.

Acne isn’t always limited to the face, and steroid shots for acne can be performed on the rest of the body as well. Injections into certain parts of the body can be more uncomfortable than others, but local anesthesia can be used to reduce discomfort.

When Will I See Results from Acne Steroid Injections?

Cortisone shots reduce inflammation quickly, and most blemishes heal within a week after treatment. For the first 24 hours after your injection, you’ll notice your blemish softening, shrinking, and flattening out. While it may not completely disappear right away, it will be less red, less painful, and noticeably smaller.

Are Steroid Shots for Acne Safe?

Intralesional steroid therapy is a safe treatment and will not cause side effects like weight gain or excess hair growth. The amount of steroid injected at one time is small, and the risk of the steroid being absorbed into the bloodstream in sufficient amounts to produce internal side effects is very low.

Can I Get Acne Shots for Smaller Breakouts?

While cortisone shots work well on cysts, they have minimal effects on normal pimples or pustules. Cortisone doesn’t do anything for the pus that makes up the core of a pimple; instead, it shrinks the inflamed tissue, so cortisone acne shots are reserved for large, cystic blemishes on the face and body.

Do Acne Shots Have Side Effects?

Immediate side effects can include pain and slight bleeding at the injection site. In rare cases, allergic reactions or infections can occur, but our medical professional at Evolve are trained and equipped to handle any complications that may arise.

Delayed side effects can include pits or divots in the skin where the blemish was, which typically resolve within six months, although it’s important to keep in mind that severe breakouts can cause similar or worse scars that do not resolve on their own. Pigmentation or more visible blood vessels can also occur, but can be addressed with other treatments we offer at Evolve.

Acne Shots in Charlotte

To learn more about intralesional injections or any of the other skin care treatments we offer to address acne and acne scars, contact Evolve Medical Associates at (704) 610-5776 to schedule your consultation today.