notts / london
What is xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma are fatty deposits, which tend to form near the inner corners of the upper and lower eyelids. They sometimes appear as a small yellowish lump or a flat strip, and are often yellow. They can also appear white in darker skins. They usually appear very rapidly, although in a few cases can grow gradually. If the deposit is a lump, they are called xanthoma; if they are flat, they are xanthelasma.
Can Xanthelasma be removed?
Yes they can. At Zenith we have developed a very skilled technique using radiosurgery that is based on many years of experience and leaves virtually no scarring.
What happens during the procedure?
Dr Maini begins by numbing the area with a drop of anaesthetic solution, which typically stings for about three seconds. The xanthelasma is then gently removed with radiosurgery, which vaporises the lumps.
What are the side effects or risks?
Risks are minimal with this procedure, but there is a small chance of:
- Pale areas developing
What results can I typically expect?
The results are very good and most patients have very little scarring – please see our before and after photos.In our experience the Xanthelasma does not appear to grow back, although this can happen. With some of the other methods of removal regrowth can be common and rapid. We would, however, expect new lesions to develop over time so you might need to return for a treatment after some years were this to occur.
BEFORE YOUR PROCEDURE
We offer a 'Send a Picture' service with certain conditions, including Xanthelasma, which allows you to send us photographs of your condition for Doctor diagnosis. This pre-consultation enables us to give you advice on whether we can treat you and makes the treatment process easier if you are travelling to see us. At your consultation we may be able to offer your treatment on the same day (although we prefer to have a face-to-face consultation before your treatment).
You will be given clear aftercare instructions by Dr Maini and he will be available 24/7 via WhatsApp should you need advice - he will text you regularly to monitor your healing. You should not drive home after the operation so please come to Clinic by public transport or arrange for someone to drive you home. You will be able to work with dark glasses the following day. If this is not possible, you may prefer to take a week off work to enable you to heal. If your lesion is particularly large, healing may take slightly longer.