Milia Removal Singapore
why remove them?

If you’re looking for milia removal in Singapore, it’s essential to understand what milia are and what causes them. Milia, sometimes known as milium cysts or milia seeds, are small, pearly-white bumps commonly appearing on the face, especially around the eyes, nose, and cheeks. They occur in people of all ages and are generally harmless.

Why do I develop milia?

Milia are small cysts caused by a buildup of keratin, a protein found in the skin, hair, and nails, that becomes trapped beneath the surface of the skin. There are two types of milia: primary and secondary.

Primary milia develop directly from trapped keratin and usually form on the faces of infants or adults. Secondary milia look similar to primary milia but develop after something clogs the ducts leading to the skin surface, due to factors such as:

  • heavy cosmetics and skin care products that clog pores
  • Skin trauma and injury
  • genetic predisposition to developing milia.

Why remove milia?

Milia typically do not pose significant medical risks and are often considered a cosmetic concern. However, there are certain relatively uncommon situations in which milia removal might be necessary for medical reasons:

  1. Impaired Vision: Milia occurring near the eyelids, especially if they obstruct vision, can require removal to improve sight.
  2. Infected, Inflamed or Irritated Milia: These might need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection or prevent ongoing discomfort and potential complications.
  3. Underlying Skin Condition: Sometimes, milia can develop as a result of an underlying skin condition such as certain types of dermatitis, bullous pemphigoid or lichen planus. In such cases, treating the underlying condition might involve milia removal.
  4. Trauma or Injury: Milia can develop following skin trauma, such as burns or abrasions. In situations where these lesions impede healing or are at risk of becoming problematic, removal may be considered.
  5. Differential Diagnosis: Sometimes, a healthcare professional might recommend milia removal for diagnostic purposes, to ensure that the lesions are not mistaken for other potentially more serious conditions if there's a concern about the nature of the lesions.
milia around the eyelids in a girl

Safe and effective Milia Removal
in Singapore

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Topical milia removal creams

Topical creams for milia removal include retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and exfoliating scrubs. These creams promote cell turnover, exfoliate, and unclog pores, which can potentially help reduce the appearance of superficial milia. However, their effectiveness varies, and they may not work for deeper milia. It's crucial to use these creams cautiously, as while their impact is often mild, they can lead to side effects such as irritation, pigmentation and even scarring. Professional removal methods may be more effective, especially for stubborn cases.

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Cryotherapy for Milia Removal

Cryotherapy milia removal involves the application of liquid nitrogen to freeze and subsequently eliminate milia. The extreme cold causes the milia to break down, leading to scabbing and eventual shedding. While cryotherapy can be effective for removing smaller milia, it is difficult to use control precisely and may cause complications such as blistering, skin colour changes, and scarring. Moreover, cryotherapy is not as effective for deeper or larger milia, necessitating multiple sessions.

Surgical Milia Removal / Manual Extraction

Manual milia extraction, performed by a dermatologist or skincare professional, involves the precise use of specialized tools to physically remove milia. While this method can effectively address superficial and even some deeper milia, it is not without its disadvantages. One notable concern is the potential for bleeding during the extraction process, which can lead to poor visibility for the practitioner. Bleeding can obscure the milia and surrounding area, making accurate removal more challenging. Additionally, improper extraction techniques can result in scarring, infection, or incomplete removal, underlining the importance of skilled and trained professionals when opting for this method.

Radiofrequency ablation for Milia Removal

Milia removal through radiofrequency (RF) ablation offers several advantages for addressing these skin concerns. This minimally invasive technique utilizes controlled high-frequency radiofrequency energy that is strongly absorbed by water in cells causing vaporization or coagulation depending on the waveform. RF ablation targets and disintegrates milia, effectively breaking down their contents. It is versatile, suitable for various sizes and depths of milia, and can be applied to sensitive areas like the eyelids. The procedure is generally well-tolerated, causing minimal discomfort and requiring little to no downtime. Unlike some other methods, RF ablation tends to result in minimal scarring and offers precise control, reducing the risk of damaging surrounding tissue.

Ultrapulse CO2 laser milia removal

Milia removal using ultrapulse ablative lasers delivers highly focused and intense laser beams in short bursts with high peak power, allowing for precise and controlled targeting of milia. This method offers a customizable approach suitable for both superficial and deeper milia, even in delicate areas. The controlled depth of tissue removal minimizes the risk of scarring or pigmentation changes, and the procedure often requires minimal downtime.

1Aesthetics’s View on Milia Removal
in Singapore

dr wan’s perspective

Let's delve into the world of milia removal. These tiny, pearl-like bumps might be a common concern in Singapore, but they often get mistaken for their look-alike counterparts like syringoma and sebaceous hyperplasia. To set the record straight and help you regain smooth, flawless skin, let's dive into some key insights.

Precise Diagnosis: The Starting Line

Milia are frequent visitors on the Singaporean skin scene, but it's crucial not to underestimate their potential to be confused with other similar bumps. This is where a qualified medical professional comes into play. Accurate diagnosis is the foundation of effective treatment, ensuring that the right approach is chosen to deal with these nuisances.

How to get rid of milia in Singapore?

So, you're dealing with milia. What now? The good news is that genuine milia can be tackled. Manual extraction is a trusted method that can provide results. But, let me introduce you to a duo of superstars: radiofrequency and laser removal. These advanced techniques come with a host of benefits, including reduced scarring, more complete removal, and a lower chance of recurrence. It's a bit like stepping up your skincare game to achieve a whole new level of radiance.

Can a regular doctor remove milia?

Now, you might be wondering whether a regular doctor can handle milia removal. The answer is a yes, but there's a twist. While a general practitioner can do simple methods like manual extraction, remember that specialists bring an extra dose of expertise to the table. Our experience, skill, and access to advanced equipment ensure the best outcome for your skin.

How much does it cost to remove milia seeds?

Concerned about the cost? Fear not. Milia removal is often budget-friendly, ranging from as little as $50 to a few hundred dollars. However, beware of temptingly low prices offered by beauticians. Remember, these seemingly affordable options might come with higher risks and complications if the procedure isn't carried out skillfully.

Can you get milia professionally removed?

The million-dollar question: Can you professionally remove milia? Absolutely! But, here's the catch: Seek out a specialist with technical finesse and access to advanced equipment. It's a surefire way to bid farewell to milia with the utmost confidence in the results.

In a nutshell, milia removal in Singapore can be a smooth journey when guided by expertise and precision. If you're ready to embrace radiant, milia-free skin, reach out to me and my dedicated team at 1Aesthetics. With accurate diagnosis, advanced methods, and affordable options, achieving the skin of your dreams is well within reach.

Dr Wan Chee Kwang

Dr Wan Chee Kwang


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