Milia Removal / Milia Treatment - Adelaide
Milia: They just seem to appear out of nowhere! They are very tiny, painless white bumps that give your skin a rough uneven texture. If you try and pop them, nothing happens….no blood or puss? Milia removal by Advanced Cosmetic Medicine is a solution to this common problem.
Dr Targett has vast experience in the removal of milia as well as many other types of skin lesion removal.
How it works
What is Milia / Milium cyst?
A Milia or milium cyst is basically a small white bump. It will typically appear on the cheeks or the nose and is most commonly seen in newborn babies.
For infants, milia will normally clear up within a few weeks. For older children and adults, however, they are a bit more stubborn, taking a few months to clear up.
Milium cysts found in groups are known as milia. The cysts contain keratin under the skin. Keratin is a protein usually found in hair and nails.
Milia are most common in babies but can be found in people of all ages. Milia are often referred to as baby acne.
What causes Milia?
Milia are small, white or yellowish bumps that form on the skin. They are caused by the buildup of dead skin cells and trapped oil beneath the skin's surface.
Factors that contribute to milia formation include excessive sun exposure, use of heavy or occlusive skincare products, genetic predisposition, and certain skin conditions such as rosacea or blistering disorders.
How are Milia treated?
What is involved in a milia removal procedure?
The milia removal procedure typically involves the following steps:
- Cleansing: The treatment area is thoroughly cleansed to ensure it is free from dirt, oil, and bacteria.
- Sterilization: The tools and instruments to be used in the procedure are properly sterilized to maintain a sterile environment and minimize the risk of infection.
- Extraction: Depending on the size and location of the milia, different techniques may be used for extraction. One common method involves making a small incision or puncture in the skin using a sterile needle or lancet. The milia contents are then carefully extracted using a comedone extractor or a specialized milia removal tool.
- Antiseptic application: After the milia have been removed, an antiseptic solution or ointment may be applied to the treatment area to prevent infection.
- Post-treatment care: The healthcare professional or dermatologist will provide instructions for post-treatment care, which may include avoiding excessive sun exposure, applying soothing creams or ointments, and keeping the treated area clean.
What aftercare is required for milia removal?
Aftercare following milia removal is important to promote healing and prevent complications. Here are some general aftercare tips:
- Keep the area clean: Gently cleanse the treated area with a mild, non-irritating cleanser. Avoid harsh soaps or cleansers that may irritate the skin.
- Avoid touching or picking: Refrain from touching or picking at the treated area to prevent infection and scarring. Let the skin heal naturally.
- Apply soothing ointments: If recommended by your healthcare professional, apply a thin layer of an antibiotic ointment or soothing cream to the treated area to keep it moisturized and protect against infection.
- Protect from the sun: Shield the treated area from excessive sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or using sunscreen with a high SPF. Sun protection helps prevent darkening or hyperpigmentation of the skin.
- Avoid makeup: Refrain from applying makeup or other cosmetic products to the treated area until it has fully healed. This helps prevent irritation and allows the skin to recover.
- Follow post-treatment instructions: Carefully follow any specific instructions provided by your healthcare professional regarding aftercare, including the use of prescribed medications or follow-up appointments.
If you experience any unusual pain, redness, swelling, or signs of infection, contact your healthcare professional for further guidance and evaluation.
Before & After
Dr Rahma Targett
Dr Rahma Targett is a General Practitioner(FRACGP), with a specialty in Cosmetic Medicine. She founded Advanced Cosmetic Medicine in 2016 and has since become well known as a trusted and in demand Cosmetic Physician in Adelaide. She has a Diploma in Dermoscopy and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. Dr Targett is a leader in her field and regularly attends Cosmetic conferences to keep up to date with modern aesthetic techniques. At advanced Cosmetic Medicine you can always be reassured that you will be welcomed and treated personally by Dr Rahma Targett.