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Milia Removal in Manchester & Cheshire

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Milia, often referred to as milk spots, are small, benign cysts that typically appear on the skin as tiny, white or yellowish bumps. These cysts are commonly found on the face, particularly around the eyes, cheeks, nose, and forehead, although they can occur elsewhere on the body as well. If you've noticed small, white bumps on your skin or are simply curious about this common condition, you've come to the right place. We will discuss the causes, symptoms, and effective treatments for milia, providing you with the knowledge you need to understand and manage this condition.

Causes Milia?

Causes of Milia: Milia form when keratin, a protein found in the outer layer of skin, becomes trapped beneath the surface. Several factors can contribute to the development of milia, including:

  1. Skin Trauma: Injuries such as burns, rashes, or even long-term sun damage can lead to the formation of milia.
  2. Skin Care Products: Certain heavy or oil-based skincare products can clog pores and contribute to the development of milia.
  3. Genetics: Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to developing milia.
  4. Use of Steroids: Prolonged use of topical steroids can sometimes result in the formation of milia.
  5. Skin Conditions: Certain skin conditions, such as blistering disorders or porphyria cutanea tarda, can increase the risk of developing milia.

What Are The Symptoms of Milia?

Symptoms of Milia: Milia are typically small, dome-shaped bumps that may be white, yellowish, or flesh-colored. They are usually painless and do not cause any itching or inflammation. While milia themselves are harmless, they can be cosmetically bothersome, especially when they appear on highly visible areas of the face. There are particularly common around the eyes and cheeks.

What Treatments are Available for Milia Removal?

Treatment Options: Milia can often resolve on their own without any treatment. However, if you're bothered by the appearance of milia or they persist for an extended period, several treatment options are available:

  1. Topical Retinoids: Prescription-strength retinoid creams or gels can help to speed up the exfoliation process, allowing the trapped keratin to be expelled more quickly.
  2. Exfoliation: Gentle exfoliation using a mild facial scrub or chemical exfoliant containing ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) can help to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Regular Hydrafacials can help exfoliate the skin and reduce the risk of recurrence of milia.
  3. Laser Therapy: We can offer laser therapy to target and remove stubborn milia.
  4. Extraction: Manual extraction can be performed to remove individual milia. This should not be attempted at home, as improper extraction can lead to scarring or infection. We use a special device which removes the superficial layer of skin covering the cyst and remove the milia.

Schedule Your Milia Removal Consultation

Conclusion: Milia are common, benign skin cysts that can affect people of all ages. While they typically resolve on their own over time, treatment options are available for those who wish to expedite the process or address cosmetically bothersome milia. By understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for milia, you can take proactive steps to manage this condition and maintain healthy, clear skin. For more information and to see if we can help, book a consultation today.

Milia Removal Frequently Asked Questions

How much does milia removal cost?

The cost of milia removal depends on the number being treated and method of removal. The manual extraction milia removal starts from £75 for up to 5 milia.

Does milia removal hurt?

This is usually relatively painless as they are very superficial. Sometimes we may apply some numbing cream over the area.

What are the risks of milia removal?

It is common to get some redness following milia removal. There may be very small scars which heal well although rarely scars may be visible or there may be pigmentation changes. There is a risk that milia may recur following removal or you develop them in other areas.

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