Xanthelasma is a fatty cholesterol deposit around the eye. It manifests as a yellow spot or plaque over the upper or lower eyelids. Xanthelasma is a little more common in women than in men and the peak incidence is between 40 & 50.
Xanthelasma can be indicative of high blood levels of cholesterol, therefore it would be a good idea to ask your GP to get your cholesterol levels checked.
Xanthelasma formation can also be hereditary. Unfortunately, there is no proven method how to prevent this condition, however doctors advise to lose weight, change the diet and take cholesterol lowering tablets.
Different clinics use different methods to treat Xanthelasma, however most of these techniques have high rate of recurrence. Therefore, at UKSKIN Xanthelasma is removed by a surgical excision which removes the plaque completely. At the same time, excision gives a nice thin scar that tends to fade away over time. The procedure is performed under Local Anaesthetic and lasts around 60 minutes. The skin will be incised and the Xanthelasma trimmed off. The wound will be closed with sutures and a dressing will be applied on.
Like with any other surgical procedure, there is a tiny risk of bleeding, infection and wound healing problems. Patients can go back to their normal daily activities 2-7 days after surgery but should avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks. You will be reviewed and looked after until the wound is completely healed.
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