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