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What is xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma is deposits of fat and cholesterol, yellow in colour, formed around the eyelids and under the skin. They are not painful and are seldom harmless. Though, the yellow growths can greatly affect facial presentation. Most individuals prefer to have them removed. The condition usually occurs in men greater than forty years of age than in women. The characteristics of xanthelasma are easy to identify and remain in the same size or grow a little in size once they have emerged.

Causes The cause of xanthelasma is identified as elevated fat and cholesterol levels existing in the blood stream of the patient. Some associated causes are listed below:

  • ■ High levels of triglycerides
  • ■ High LDL levels and low HDL cholesterol levels
  • ■ Primary biliary cirrhosis – a liver disease which raises the cholesterol levels

Our treatment Satya Skin Hair Clinic administers holistic treatments to individuals affected with xanthelasma. Appearance of xanthelasma may cause loss of self-esteem due to its visibility. At Satya Clinic treatment of xanthelasma in done in stages – first aim at creating an awareness of the condition, reduce cholesterol levels and then surgically excise the deposits.

Stage I Combating diabetes Individuals with xanthelasma are prone to cardiovascular risks and heart attacks due to elevated cholesterol levels. Our doctors will first administer cholesterol and blood pressure control treatments to bring down the severity rates. Prescriptive medications can help reduce lipid levels and control liver functions.

Stage II Surgical treatment Xanthelasma palpebrarum can be excised surgically. Small linear lesions are excised with minimal scarring with bulging lesions being uncapped and removed. A surgical microscope and microscissors are used for the procedure. Full thickness excisions of large lesions are also conducted in conjunction with blepharoplasty.

Stage III After care Mostly xanthelasma is recurrent. It is a benign disorder and rarely cause any functional problems. The patient is extensively counseled with regard to xanthelasma, its characteristics and recurrence. Since it is associated with hypertension, hyperlipidemia and other underlying medical conditions, the patient is thoroughly counseled on dietary and lifestyle restrictions as a high pre-requisite for non-recurrence of xanthelasma. Though, it is not guaranteed that xanthelasma will not recur with mere life style modifications.