What is Xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma are yellowish patches of cholesterol located on or around the eyelids. They are more commonly found in the upper regions of the eyelid, closer to the nose. Although xanthelasma is harmless to a person’s health and does not cause personal discomfort, their appearance can nonetheless be damaging to one’s self-esteem, especially in more advanced cases, prompting the need to seek xanthelasma removal at a specialist clinic.
How is Xanthelasma Treated at Skin Clinic Robina?
While xanthelasma can be safely removed using surgical methods, we instead choose to eradicate it using non-invasive CO2 laser or radio frequency.
What is the Treatment Process for Xanthelasma?
The area to be treated is first numbed using an injection to prevent any possibility of pain during the procedure. Local anaesthetic eye drops are then administered. Using lasers around the eye region requires the eyes to be protected using special eye shields that are placed either over the eyelids or inside the eyes, depending on the location of the area to be treated. Following this, the laser is used to remove the xanthelasma.
How Long Does the Treatment Process Take?
The treatment procedure normally takes between 10-30 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition.
What Happens If Xanthelasma is Left Untreated?
The condition generally does not disappear on its own, either remaining the same or getting progressively worse over time.
What Causes Xanthelasma?
As xanthelasma are indeed cholesterol deposits, they can be a sign of increased levels of high or low cholesterol in the body. The condition can also be attributed to liver disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Who is Most at Risk of Developing Xanthelasma?
The following factors increase the likelihood of developing xanthelasma:
- Cigarette smoking
- High blood pressure
- Abnormal cholesterol levels
- Those of Asian or Mediterranean descent
The condition also occurs more frequently in women than it does in men.
Are There Any Side Effects to Xanthelasma Treatment?
Like any treatment procedure, there is always the possibility that side effects may occur.
Possible side effects include:
- Depigmentation of the skin where the xanthelasma was removed. Patients with darker skin at an increased risk
- Enduring reddishness or hyper pigmentation of the skin where the xanthelasma was removed
At Skin Clinic Robina, your doctor will explain the entire treatment process at length with you and answer any questions or concerns you may have. They will devise a personalised treatment plan that ensures the best outcome for you, based on the severity of your condition and your skin type.
Will Xanthelasma Reappear Once It Has Been Removed?
There is a chance that xanthelasma will reappear once it has been removed which is why laser removal is the best method of treatment, as it eliminates the chance of scarring and the need to remove any skin. The best way to reduce the risk of xanthelasma reoccurrence is to ensure a healthy lifestyle.
Contact Skin Clinic Robina
If you are currently suffering from xanthelasma and wish to have the condition treated, contact the team at Skin Clinic Robina today, specialists in non-surgical xanthelasma removal.