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What are Milia?

Milia are tiny, white lumps that can appear on the faces of newborn babies and young children and adults. They usually don’t need treatment as they are harmless and usually go away by themselves.

What are milia?

Milia are small white benign bumps just under the surface of the skin. They often appear on the face and are particularly prominent on the eyelids and cheeks, but they can occur elsewhere. An individual milium is typically smaller than 1mm but can measure up to 3mm or more. They commonly occur on the faces of newborn babies, especially on the nose. Milia can also affect children and adults, with one type of milia causing pearly bumps around the eyes.


What causes milia?

Milia is a type of cyst containing dead skin cells (keratin).

Milia are formed when flakes of keratin get trapped just below the skin’s surface. They don’t hurt or itch.

Milia diagnosis

Milia are easy to identify and can be diagnosed by a doctor without any need for testing.

A similar condition to milia is neonatal or baby acne, which can also be diagnosed on sight.

How are milia treated?

Milia usually go away naturally without any treatment. They don’t leave scars and trying to squeeze or burst them at home is not recommended.

If you decide to have milia removed — for example, because it is bothering you or you don’t like its appearance — talk to your doctor or our doctor in the clinic.

In our clinic, we have a special machine (Radio Wave Surgery - ellman Surgitron) that can remove your skin tag.

  • Minimal to no scarring

  • Precise incisions

  • Faster recovery

  • Is this treatment right for me?
    The Potenza RF microneedling treatment can treat a wide variety of skin concerns on the face and body. Potenza treats all skin types, anywhere on the body, anytime of year.
  • How long does the treatment take?
    Treatment times will vary on patient, area of the body being treated, penetration depth and number of passes, but most Potenza treatments are performed within 1 hour.
  • When will I see results?
    The elastin and collagen building typically takes place 4-6 weeks after treatment, with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks after the last treatment. The number of passes and penetration to the skin will affect the results seen.
  • What is the benefit of microneedling treatments that use RF energy?
    Potenza delivers focused radiofrequency (RF) technology to heat your skin. Using RF technology will trigger your body's natural response to create an increased level of collagen and elastin production, resulting in an enhanced skin revitalisation treatment versus microneedling alone.
  • How does it work?
    The Potenza microneedling treatment uses ultrafine needles and radiofrequency (RF) energy to puncture the top layer of the skin and trigger the body's natural healing process to regenerate new collagen and elastin. Unlike some other skin revitalisation treatments, these treatments can be performed on all skin types, anywhere on the body and anytime of the year.
  • What is Tiger Tip technology?
    Potenza’s Tiger Tip needles eliminate the clinician’s need to essentially re-trace their steps, by providing them with the technology to perform both shallow and deep treatments at the same time, and tailor those treatments to individual skin types – meaning faster, more customized treatments.
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