Xanthelasma (often confused with milia or whiteheads) are quite common. The word is derived from Greek  xanthos, “yellow” and elasma, “plate”. The plural is xanthelasmata.

What do Xanthelasma look like?

Their appearance is of yellow flat plaques over the upper or lower eyelids.

What are Xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma are harmless, but are often considered to be a nuisance. Many people dislike the look of them, particularly when others comment on them.  They are harmless lipid-containing lesions but their exact origins are unknown. Xanthelasma does not cause symptoms but they are often considered to be a cosmetic nuisance. Many people dislike the look of them, particularly when others comment on them.

Skin and your Health

Xanthelasma is mainly a localised skin condition but may be associated with an increase in raised blood lipids & cholesterol.

Some patients exhibiting Xanthelasma have normal cholesterol levels but some may have high cholesterol blood levels. It is useful to ask your doctor to test your blood to eliminate this, prior to attending our clinic to have the Xanthelasma diagnosed & considered for removal treatment.

Treatment

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For those who wish to have some or all of their Xanthelasma removed it may be possible to have them treated by our specialist nurses. Treatment can occur by short wave diathermy or cautery, a relatively comfortable heat treatment; scraping them off after applying local anaesthetic cream. Sometimes, new Xanthelasma may continue to appear some years later.

You can make an appointment to see our nurse specialists for a thorough skin health consultation.  A photograph will be taken of the Xanthelasma.  Providing you are suitable, treatment takes 30 minutes. Treatment Price is £200.  Sometimes patients will need to attend more than one treatment session.

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