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4 Doctor Answers | Asked by sam_75 in uk london
Milia are tiny cysts filled with keratin. Milia usually can be very easily extracted because they sit superficially in the skin and have a lining. If you have "milia" that cannot be removed with a simple needle and extractor, then perhaps the diagnosis should be confirmed. There are mimickers like osteoma cutis for example. Formation of milia is due to a "stickiness" or improper shedding of the cells of the hair follicle unit. Laser treatments with Active FX...
ActiveFX is not likely to help with milia. It you have one or two, perhaps your doctor can zap them with the laser beam. If you have much more than this, the scattered laser beam framework is unlikely to hit them, and then you would still need manual extraction. It will likely be helpful for fine lines around the eyes, improving skin texture, and tightening the pores.
Au Contraire! One of the possible complications of laser treatment is milia formation. This is caused by the skin healing over the hair follicle, trapping its keratin contents in a small shell. This is called a milia (from the Latin for millet seed). This can be easily removed by extraction. One can also zap the contents with electro-dessication.
Milia formation is due to excess built up of dead skin cells underneath the top layer of the skin, giving rise to white-head appearance. Treatment will require meticulous acne surgery/cyst extraction. You would need seek out board-certified dermatologist and switch to oil-free skin care products and consider prescription strength topical retinoid. Fractional CO2 laser such as Active Fx can actually temporarily worsen milia formation due to post-op emollient application.