What are milia?

Milia are small, raised bumps that are white or yellowish and appear just below the surface of the skin. They develop when small skin flakes become trapped in a pocket close to the skin’s surface. Occurring as sole lesions or in groups, milia can appear secondary to trauma or burns, or they can appear without known cause.


During your office visit, we can easily extract milia using special surgical tools for precise, clean removal that’s usually relatively quick. Recovery time is typically fast.

Photodynamic Therapy

We are pleased to announce that Aspen Mountain Dermatology now offers photodynamic therapy (PDT) for the treatment of actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions of the skin). Actinic keratoses are small crusty or scaly bumps or horns on or under the skin that result from exposure to sunlight. Actinic keratosis can develop into skin cancer.

PDT is an FDA-approved treatment performed in the office using a photoactive agent (aminolevulinic acid) and a blue-light source. It is an alternative to traditional therapies, such as liquid nitrogen, or patient-applied topical creams, such as Efudex and imiquimod.

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. At Aspen Mountain Dermatology we carefully screen our patients for malignant and pre-malignant lesions.

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Surgical Services

All surgical services are completed within our office. They are minimally invasive and we complete them using a local anesthetic for pain, leading to increased recovery time and less downtime post-procedure. Surgical services rendered include the following.

  • Skin cancer biopsy and excision
  • Reconstruction flaps and skin grafts
  • Benign mole removal
  • Cyst removal/excision
  • Treatment of abscesses
  • Seborrheic keratosis removal
  • Milia extraction
  • Comedone (blackhead) removal
  • wart removal and treatment
  • correction of acne scarring
  • corticosteroid injections
  • lipoma treatment and excision
  • Nail evulsion

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