Xanthelasmas are fatty growths that develop under the skin, usually affecting the upper and lower eyelids.

What is Xanthelasma?

The presence of xanthelasmas may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, including an increase in blood lipids, though it’s important to note the condition can occur even if your blood lipid levels are normal. Xanthelasma itself is not dangerous, but it’s important to discuss the presence of these growths with your primary care provider.


Symptoms of Xanthelasma

The growths associated with xanthelasma start as small yellowish bumps that enlarge slowly over several months. 

Even if there is an underlying medical condition, treating that condition doesn’t always get rid of the bumps. If the growths bother you, Skin Science Dermatology offers effective treatment options. A thorough consultation with Dr. Geeta Yadav, a highly-skilled dermatologist, is an important first step in establishing an appropriate treatment plan.

Xanthelasma Treatment Options

Suitable for almost every skin type, chemical peels work by removing the damaged outer layers of the skin to help unearth the fresh and healthy skin lying beneath the surface. Learn More


Following application of a local or topical anesthetic, electrocautery uses light electrical current to heat the skin and destroy the fatty deposits of xanthelasmas. Because this procedure only affects the deeper fatty tissue, the treatment typically does not leave a scar.

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