Milia Seed Removal
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 (usually <3mm), and are commonly found around the eyes and cheeks. 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.
What are the Different Types of Milia?
Milias are classified as to whether they arise spontaneously (primary) or develop as a result of an event (secondary).
Primary Milias inlcude:
- Congential (common)
- Benign primary milia (common)
- Milia-en-plaque (rare)
- Multiple eruptive milia
Secondary Milias include:
- Disease e.g. infection, inflammation
- Medication e.g. topical steroids
- Trauma e.g. abrasions, dermabrasion, skin grafting.
A topical or local anaesthetic is used prior to your procedure to maximise your comfort. The procedure itself is tolerable and almost painfree.
Most individuals recover within 5-7 days as milias are small.
There will be some expected bruising, swelling and scabbing after the procedure. These are temporary and will resolved within a week.
Absolutely. There are many factors contributing for the return of your milia. The milia seed removal procedure is to improve the cosmetic appearance only.
This depends on the site, number and complexity of the removal. Procedural fee is from $350 onwards.
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