Are yellow eyelid bumps taking the attention away from your beautiful eyes? Xanthelasma, a type of xanthoma caused by cholesterol deposits, can be bothersome and unsightly. But don’t worry, our London clinic offers a range of safe and effective removal options, from surgical procedures to chemical peels and heat or cold treatments. Although treatment may take several sessions, the results are worth it. Keep in mind that Xanthelasmas may return, but we’re here to help you maintain a clear and radiant appearance.
What is xanthelasma?
Have you noticed a yellowish growth on or near the corners of your eyelids? You might be dealing with xanthelasma, also known as xanthelasma blepharitis.
This harmless yet unsightly condition occurs when cholesterol deposits accumulate under your skin. However, it’s important to note that xanthelasma can also be a sign of underlying health issues like diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, or thyroid problems.
In fact, recent research shows that the presence of xanthelasma may increase your risk of heart disease, heart attack, atherosclerosis, and high cholesterol, Resources
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Who does xanthelasma affect?
Although half of people with xanthelasma do have high cholesterol, the other half do not. In fact, some individuals with xanthelasma may have inherited high cholesterol or certain liver diseases, while others may have risk factors like weight gain, tobacco use, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
Additionally, a family history of high cholesterol or xanthelasma may increase your chances of developing this condition. Xanthelasma can occur between the ages of 20 and 70, with most cases appearing between 35 and 55. If you’re concerned about xanthelasma or related health issues, our London clinic is here to help.
How common is xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma is a type of cholesterol deposit that appears as yellowish growths near the eyelids or other parts of the body. It is the most common form of xanthomas, but only affects around 1% of the population. Although it is generally harmless, it may indicate underlying health problems such as high cholesterol, diabetes, or thyroid issues. Treatment options are available and can be personalized based on individual evaluation.
What are the symptoms?
Xanthelasmas are areas of yellow skin around your eyelids. They may be:
- Flat or bumpy.
- Soft or firm.
What causes xanthelasma?
Possible causes of xanthelasma include:
- High cholesterol that you inherit from your parents.
- Diabetes mellitus.
- Weight gain.
- Thyroid problems such as hypothyroidism.
- Drink a lot of alcohol.
Does xanthelasma mean you have high cholesterol?
Yes, it is very likely that you have high cholesterol if you have xanthelasma. High cholesterol does not cause any symptoms at first. A blood test can tell you if you have it.
You can lower cholesterol to a normal level in such ways:
- Eat more vegetables and fruits and reduce fatty foods.
- Practice more.
- Take cholesterol-lowering drugs.
What is the best treatment for xanthelasmas?
If you have xanthelasma, removal by a healthcare provider is the best option. Ahmad Aziz is a healthcare provider who offers specialized care for xanthelasma at his clinic, Eyes Defined, located in London. During your appointment, he may recommend liquid nitrogen cryotherapy as a method of removal, which is a safe and effective treatment option.
While making lifestyle changes such as adopting a low-fat diet and taking statins may help prevent future growth, they will not eliminate existing xanthelasma. To learn more about xanthelasma treatment options, book a free video consultation with Ahmad Aziz today.
How are xanthelasmas removed?
Although xanthelasma does not harm you, you may want to remove it anyway. Methods for removing xanthelasma include:
- Cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen (using extreme cold).
- Laser surgery.
- Radiofrequency ablation (sometimes with stitches afterwards).
- Chemical peeling.
- Surgery using intense heat.
These xanthelasma treatments usually work. However, you may need several sessions to remove xanthelasma.
How long does it take to recover from this treatment?
Recovery from xanthelasma treatment may take three or four days, depending on the treatment you are getting. Some side effects disappear in a matter of days, while others (such as skin discoloration) take two months to disappear.
When should I see my healthcare provider?
If you have removed xanthelasma, go to follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider. The examination schedule may vary depending on the type of xanthelasma treatment you have had. You may have appointments a month and three months after the procedure, for example.
Contact your provider if you experience unpleasant side effects from xanthelasma treatment. You should also tell them if your xanthelasma has returned.
Finally, if you’re experiencing xanthelasma or other eye-related issues, the Eyes Defined clinic in London led by Ahmad Aziz is here to help. Our team of healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care and treatment options that prioritize your health and well-being. To get started, book a free video consultation with Ahmad Aziz today. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve optimal eye health.