Milia Seed Removal Facts:
Milia seeds appear as pearly white bumps under the skin. Often multiple, they are found around the eyes, and arise commonly in both men and women. While most milia seed will disappear by itself over time, some individuals request milia seed removal. Usually the simplest and most cost effective method is all you need for most cases.
About Milia Seeds
Milia are very common small superficial cyst found in the upper layer of the skin called the epidermis. They are tiny white to yellow coloured bumps under your skin, and are commonly found around the eyes. Many people mistaken milia seeds to be linked to the intake of oily food, but this has not been proven. Milia seeds can appear on other areas on the body after a triggering event. For example, after skin trauma, burns and certain skin conditions.
Can newborns get milia?
Milia are very common in babies, affecting 40-50% of newborns. Milia arising from this young age may be related to the immaturity of the follicles in the skin. They are found on the face, nose, and sometimes inside the mouth. The majority of cases heal by itself in a few weeks to months after birth.
Milia Seed Removal Treatment
Milia seeds can be difficult to remove as they seldom pop out just by squeezing. In our daily practice, milia seed removal is carried out using the ‘Nick and Extract’ Method. This involves piercing the upper layer of the skin with a surgical blade or needle, and the milia are expressed out using a comedome extractor. Other treatment options for milia seed removal involves electrosurgery and laser surgery, but usually the least traumatic and simplest way is all you need.
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