What is Xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma is a yellowish deposit of cholesterol underneath the skin and it usually occurs on or around the eyelids, and often, develop symmetrically around both eyes. While they are mostly harmless to the skin nor painful, these minor growths may cause the eyelid to droop. It can appear at any age but are more likely to develop during an individual’s middle years – and in women more often than men.
These lesions may remain the same size or grow very slowly over time. It can sometimes join together to form larger lumps. Individuals with xanthelasma may tend to have abnormally high lipid levels in the blood, which is known as dyslipidemia. Lifestyle factors can also cause cholesterol to deposit around the eyes, such as – a diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol, excessive alcohol and insufficient exercise.
How do we treat Xanthelasma in our clinic?
There are various of ways we can remove Xanthelasma. Surgical excision is one of the solutions to remove these growths, but this method requires a long downtime. For individuals who is unable to take a long downtime, I recommend the removal of Xanthelasma with medical laser or radiofrequency. As these modalities can be used to flatten the xanthelasma down to the skin level without cutting the skin.
The area will be numbed with an anaesthetic cream applied directly into the area to prevent any discomfort during the treatment. Eye shields would also be required to be worn during the treatment to protect patient's eyes as Xanthelasma usually occur very near the eyes.