Xanthelasma are lumpy, yellowish bumps which usually appear on or around the eyelids.
These raised areas are a buildup of cholesterol deposits. They are not considered medically harmful in themselves, but can be an indicator of high cholesterol, as around half the cases of xanthelasma relate to high blood cholesterol.
Anyone can get xanthelasma, but it is more common in females and patients who are middle aged or older. It is also more common among those from Asian or Mediterranean descent.
If you have xanthelasma, it is important to firstly recognise any dietary causes and if your diet is high in cholesterol, then a move to a healthier diet will reduce your risk of developing cholesterol deposits around the eyes. A healthy diet means reducing fat and increasing intake of vegetables, fruit and salad. For most people, it also means increasing protein and reducing sugar/carbohydrates. If you have any worries about diet or other associated health risks such as elevated cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or heart disease, then do see a GP to discuss your concerns.
Even with dietary changes, xanthelasma tend not to go away of their own accord but instead to continue slowly growing.
They can be unsightly and some patients are quite concerned about their appearance.
The NHS consider xanthelasma to be a ‘cosmetic’ issue as they are not medically harmful. This means that treatment on the NHS is unlikely.
This is a specialist procedure which is not widely available in normal private skin clinics.
However, it is available at Cosmedics Skin Clinics based in London.
Xanthelasma removal surgery is available at Cosmedics Skin Clinics based in London, where the procedure is carried out by accredited Plastic Surgeon Ms Marion Grob MRCS(Eng), MRCS(Ed), MD(Plas), EBOPRAS, FÄ(Plas)Ger.
She offers surgical removal of xanthelasma which carefully removes the affected area to ensure minimal scarring.
Surgery is made comfortable with use of local anaesthetic and is available as an in-clinic procedure.
Xanthelasma Removal costs from £850