Have you ever noticed small white bumps that appear on the skin, usually around the eyes, on the nose, cheeks and chin? They may be mistaken for a white head, but these are called milia.
Pearly white, tiny cysts develop when keratin, a protein that our skin is made of, builds up and is trapped underneath the top layers of skin, resulting in Milia.
Milia are common in newborn babies, but they can also affect both children and adults.
Milia usually disappear as the skin cells turnover without needing any kind of treatment. However, if you’re finding that milia are persistently appearing on your skin or are becoming an aesthetic concern, you’ll be happy to know that Australian Laser & Skin Clinics offer safe and professional milia removal Melbourne-wide.
Milia removal will often be conducted with cryotherapy. After thoroughly cleaning the affected areas, a cryotherapy pen will selectively destroy the skin covering the milia cyst so that the hard contents of the milia can be carefully removed.
Other treatment options Chemical Peels incorporating AHA’s or BHA’s and Medical Microdermabrasion, which remove the dead layers of skin, including that covering the milia to expose smooth skin below.
Prior to your milia removal treatment, we may ask that you prepare your skin with the regular use of a non-abrasive exfoliating cleanser and topical retinoid. By using these products on a regular basis, you will encourage the skin covering the milia to desquamate, rather than build up and harden. It will also help to reduce the development of further milia.
The best way to find out the most appropriate milia removal treatment for you is by booking a consultation at one of our Melbourne skin clinics. We will carry out a full assessment of your skin, taking into consideration the location and number of milia that need to be removed, and provide you with a treatment plan and relevant home care considerations.
Don’t worry, milia removal is quick and most patients find it very manageable. There is no need to apply topical numbing cream prior to carrying out the procedure, our clients say that Milia Removal feels like a small scratch.
You may experience some slight redness to the areas of skin that have been treated immediately following the procedure, however, this usually subsides quickly.
After undergoing milia removal Melbourne clients can expect permanent removal of the existing milia. However, some clients do report that new milia develop. Following the procedure, we will give you advice on how to prevent further milia appearing and the most appropriate homecare products to keep your skin milia-free.
When milia removal treatments are carried out by trained skin specialists, the procedure is completely safe.
Although we do recommend the use of an exfoliant and retinoid prior to and following milia removal, we do not recommend that you try to remove milia yourself at home.
Picking at or squeezing milia will not remove them as the skin covering the milia needs to lanced and extracted carefully to prevent bruising and damage to the surrounding skin.
If the procedure is not carried out by a fully trained professional with sterile equipment you run the risk of infection, skin damage and possible scarring.