Milia are small white-yellowish cysts that contain keratin. They are small bumps that are found just under the skin, similar to a deep whitehead; but unlike whiteheads they are more difficult to remove and self-removal may lead to permanent scars.
Milia can be found in all age groups and genders. They usually are on the face, around the eyes and on the cheeks. In older children and adults, it is typically associated with some type of damage to the skin whether it is blistering due to a skin condition (such as rosacea and dandruff), burns, long-term sun damage (always wear sunscreen!), and long-term use of steroid creams. It may also occur when the skin loses its natural ability to exfoliate.
Prior to your treatment. Do NOT pick at the Milia. Picking at it may lead to scarring, bleeding, scabs, and possibly infections.
Here at Laser Advantage we are extra careful when it comes to the removal of Milia.
First we cleanse the skin with one of our gentle cleansers. Once your pores have opened up after the cleansing, we use a lancet to pierce the skin. Lastly we extract the Milia from the skin. We will also help hydrate your skin by recommending the most ideal moisturizer for your skin type.
To help prevent future Milia appearing on your skin, try a facial peel (like our Chemical Peels or V Carbon Peel) to help treat your skin. Always wear mineral sunscreen to help prevent sun damage and great skin care products that are suited for your skin type.
Avoid direct, excessive sun exposure or tanning one month prior to treatment.
During treatment there will be a bright flash of light that feels like a light elastic sensation. Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subsides within an hour. Over the next 24-48 hours you may see a darkening of pigmented spots; in the week afterwards the pigmented lesions flake off, which leads to a more even skin tone. After treating vascular lesions you may see the vein blanch and disappear or a colour change in the vessel which dissipates after a few days.
An improved skin appearance can be noted after the first session. Multiple sessions provide best results. Treatment regime depends on the severity of skin damage, skin type, type of treatment (vascular vs sun damage) and energy settings.
Sun damage and skin complexion results can be seen a few days after the first session. The skin will continue to look younger and more brilliant over time with most visible results after 1-2 weeks. Having multiple photofacial sessions will improve the final result. For vascular treatments such as spider or leg veins, results can be seen in up to 2 weeks.
Most patients do not experience any side effects and any skin reaction usually resolves within a few hours. Patients may find they are sensitive to sunlight immediately after treatment. It is recommended to avoid direct sunlight and tanning.