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Milia Removal


What are Milia?

Milia are small, raised bumps on the skin. It is a type of tiny skin cyst filled with a protein known as keratin, in the form of dead skin cells. Keratin generally forms from skin tissue, and nail and hair cells in the outermost layer of the skin. As milia can appear quite similar to whiteheads, individuals often confuse it with a whitehead pustule and repeatedly try and squeeze the milia out which can lead to trauma of the skin and cause it to scar. As they are not quite surfaced enough to be squeezed out, extractions are necessary by experienced Dermal clinicians to avoid scarring. Milia removal in Melbourne at MLAC is performed by an experienced Dermal clinician to ensure that the milia treatment is carried out without causing trauma to the skin.

Milia are generally 1 or 2mm in size and are pearly white in colour. They are most often seen on the skin around the cheeks, nose, eyes, and eyelids, forehead and chest however may occur anywhere on the body. Milia are painless bumps and are often formed due to the build-up of dead skin cells in the pored or due to skin damage or infection. In some cases, it can also occur along with other skin conditions like rosacea or due to clogging of pores from skincare products or makeup.

  • How Are Milia Treated?
  • Can Milia Be Prevented?
  • What are the immediate post treatment effects and long term results?

Extractions are very effective in the removal of milia if performed by Dermal Clinicians. As an incision is required with a sterile probe, although tiny, there is a risk of infection if clients try to extract milia themselves. There are other alternative modalities that can dissolve even the smallest and more numerous milia. Precision cautery is more appropriate in these cases. The cost will depend on the number, size, and location. The Dermal clinicians at Melbourne Laser & Aesthetic Centre will assess and recommend the best solution for milia removal in Melbourne.

While milia treatment is always an option, milia can be prevented through a thorough skincare routine that involves exfoliation. It is also essential to use glycolic and salicylic acid products that contain ingredients such as AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta-hydroxy acids).

Apart from an exfoliating routine, you can also relook at the makeup products you use. Certain products can cause milia to form in areas such as around the lip edge or around the eye, which can be prevented by changing to a different product. You can also add more exfoliating scrubs to your pouch. Using water or gel-based skin care products also help prevent milia significantly.

Milia are removed easily and efficiently, leaving only a red spot that resolves over the following 24-48 hours. As a simple micro-incision is required to release the milia, healing from the extraction is fast. A single treatment is sufficient to remove milia, depending on the number present. Repeated treatments may be required in the future if there is a tendency to develop Milia.

Cost for treatment is assessed according to the requirement. A comprehensive consultation with a MLAC Senior Dermal Clinician or Cosmetic Registered Nurse allows for proper assessment and treatment plan development. Please call our clinical experts on (03) 8686 5786.

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