What is Xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma is a benign condition that is defined by cholesterol plaques which commonly present around the eyes. Xanthelasma plaques appear cream or yellow in colour and can be soft to touch. Initially plaques will appear as smaller bumps, however, if left untreated will gradually continue to grow over proceeding weeks to months.

How is Xanthelasma treated?

Xanthelasma treatment in the Laser clinic has been successfully performed on thousands of Xanthelasma plaques without the need for surgery. Xanthelasma plaques do not resolve by themselves, therefore if they become cosmetically concerning, they can be removed by either electrocautery, diathermy or laser ablation.  Although the Xanthelasma plaques are effectively treated, removal may not prevent future reoccurrence.  

What are the immediate post treatment effects and long term results?

The Xanthelasma plaques are cauterised by electrocautery, fine needle diathermy or ablated by laser treatment. Following treatment, the area becomes inflamed and a crust appear, generally resolving over the week. A post treatment ointment is recommended to be continued for at least 7 days to optimize healing.

Additional 1-2 refinement treatments may be required in the case of large Xanthelasma plaques. Textural improvement may be required for individuals with many or large Xanthelasma plaques therefore Fractional laser resurfacing of the area may also be advised. 

A comprehensive consultation and assessment with one of the experienced Senior Dermal Clinicians is necessary.

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