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Normal to Extract Milia on Eyelids?

I have milia on both my upper and lower eyelids. They have been there for 10 years now. I have maybe 15+ on each eyelid. Is it a normal practice to extract them when its located on such a sensitive area?

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More Diffcult But Can Be Done

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It is obviously more difficult to extract milia from these areas. I have found that using an 11 blade and forceps useful. I cannot imagine trying it with a comedone extractor, a device otherwise utilized.

I would switch your eye shadow. It seems like it might be clogging your pores. This would lead to the formation of milia.


Virginia Beach Dermatologist
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Eyelid Milia management

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Milia are trapped whitish material (keratin) beneath the skin often following eyelid surgery. These tiny cysts have a thin almost translucent skin covering which is usually opened, unroofed, with the tip of a needle allowing the contents to be removed. A simple and often painless office procedure. I would recommend this treatment than taking matters in your own hands and attempting extraction.


Consult with a dermatologist regarding why you have this problem and make sure it is milia and not a different cause such as cholesterol deposits, a sign of hyperlipidemia (too high cholesterol in the blood) requiring treatment. In general prevention consists of not using thick greasy ointments and using a retinoid such as Retin-A.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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