Milia: How to Prevent & Remove Milia
We all want a smooth and even skin, and especially in areas that are clearly visible to others, such as the face. This is why some people may be concerned when they notice the appearance of milia.
Microneedling (sometimes referred to as ‘collagen induction therapy’) is a popular rejuvenating facial cosmetic treatment that improves the appearance of the complexion.
This procedure can improve the appearance of a range of facial imperfections such as scars (including acne, burns or surgical scars), stretch marks, sun damage, rosacea and age spots. Microneedling can also minimise the appearance of large pores, fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, dark circles and freckles and tighten any laxity. Even if none of these problems are present, it can restore the appearance of youthful vigour.
Skin microneedling involves the use of a specialised tool (a Dermapen) that harnesses the natural healing ability of the body. The Dermapen oscillates and carefully inserts sterile ultrafine needles into the epidermis and dermis layers of the skin (think very tiny pin pricks).
These tiny punctures stimulate the skin to produce new collagen and elastin (the body’s natural wound-healing response). This new layer of skin results in the more rejuvenated appearance of the face after treatment.
Modern procedures using devices such as the Dermapen ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure, compared with older roller devices. For those sensitive to pain a numbing agent (topical anaesthetic) can be used to make the experience more pleasant.
An initial consultation will determine how many sessions would be optimal to obtain the best results (each sessions is around 30-45 minutes). Some people only need a single session, but the most common treatment plan involves 3-6 sessions (with several weeks between each session).
Results do vary depending on skin type and condition, but most recipients boast plumper more luminous skin from the day after treatment and improvements may even continue to develop over the following weeks.
Following the procedure, it’s normal to experience minor redness that feels like sunburn, swelling and irritation, but these side effects tend to resolve after 24 hours and no longer than 2-4 days.
The technician will advise on a suitable aftercare routine to minimise any side effects and promote swift healing.
They will recommend avoiding applying certain products (such as retinol) to the face, as the procedure increases the skins’ ability to absorb anything applied to it. This characteristic can also be greatly beneficial as it means topical skincare and facials will be more effective.
It is also advisable to avoid direct sunlight and swimming for a couple of days afterwards. It should be noted that this procedure is not suitable for pregnant women or those on medication for their acne.
Most facial problems can be resolved within 3-6 months. Advantages of this minimally invasive procedure include it not involving surgery or chemicals, it can be done within a lunch hour the very short recovery time. Results are also seen very quickly following a session.
Microneedling can also be used to stimulate hair growth; the minute needle punctures in the region of hair follicles increase the circulation of blood which delivers nutrients to the hair follicle. For those wanting a more youthful appearance or to minimise the appearance of skin concerns, this procedure is the perfect treatment option.
Interested in microneedling? Speak with our Aesthetix specialists to get started!
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