Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      XANTHELASMATA

      What are Xanthelasmata?

      Xanthelasmata are flat, yellowish lesions consisting of fatty deposits within the skin of the eyelids. They most commonly affect the innermost aspects of the eyelids on one or both sides, although they are often asymmetrical. They can occur in adults of any age, although the peak incidence is between 50 and 60 years. Woman are affected more commonly than men. For most there is no underlying cause but it may be associated with disorders associated with elevated blood lipids (fats) and so a blood test to measure blood fat and cholesterol levels is recommended especially for those under 40 years of age.

      Xanthelasmata are not harmful and do not cause symptoms other than their cosmetic appearance.

      Treatment

      • Surgical excision
      • Chemical peel
      • Laser
      • Radiofrequency
      • Plasma
      • Cryotherapy

      Recurrence

      Recurrence rates are reported in approximately 50% of cases. Retreatment is usually possible if this should be the case.

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