Xanthelasma Removal: Say Goodbye to Yellow Eyelid Bumps

Xanthelasma on a man's eye region (MODEL)

If you are bothered by a yellow bump or patches around your eyes, you likely are dealing with a xanthelasma, a typically harmless yet unsightly condition. At The Centre for Minor Surgery, we understand the toll that xanthelasmas can have on a patient’s self-confidence. That’s why we offer xanthelasma removal as an in-office treatment. Learn more about this procedure below.

What Is a Xanthelasma?

Xanthelasmas are yellowish plaques that form on the eyelids, typically as a result of cholesterol deposits in the skin. These patches or raised bumps are painless but may prompt feelings of self-consciousness due to their cosmetically sensitive placement.

Xanthelasma Causes

The exact cause of xanthelasmas is not fully understood, but it is often associated with high levels of cholesterol in the blood. However, not everyone with xanthelasma has high cholesterol and vice versa. Other risk factors for xanthelasma include aging, diabetes, obesity, and genetics. In some cases, xanthelasma can be an early indicator of heart disease.

How To Get Rid of Xanthelasma

Unlike some of the other skin cysts we treat, xanthelasmas typically do not resolve on their own. Fortunately, we can treat xanthelasmas with a quick and simple procedure at our clinic. Royal College-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Robert Backstein and Dr. Richard Backstein can restore a smooth, even eyelid appearance with minimal scarring or evidence of surgery.

What To Expect During Your Xanthelasma Treatment

The area around your eyes will be numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort during the procedure. Your surgeon will carefully excise the yellowish areas and close the incisions with dissolvable sutures. He will then apply a small amount of antibiotic ointment to promote healing and prevent infection.

Aftercare and Recovery

Following xanthelasma removal, you can expect some swelling and bruising around the eyes, which typically subsides within a few days. We will provide you with detailed postoperative instructions to aid in a smooth, uneventful healing process. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a week of their procedure.

Addressing Concerns About Scarring

One common concern among patients considering xanthelasma removal is the potential for scarring. While it’s true that a scar will be present after the procedure, our surgeons employ advanced techniques to minimize scarring and ensure natural-looking results. In most cases, the scar fades into a fine line within the eyelid folds, where it is easily concealed.

Xanthelasma Removal Cost

The cost of xanthelasma removal varies depending on factors such as the size of the patches and the specific technique used. We will provide you with an estimate of the cost based on your individual needs. While xanthelasma removal is often considered a cosmetic procedure and may not be covered by insurance, our clinic offers competitive pricing options to make treatment accessible to our patients.

Take the Next Step

Ready to say goodbye to eyelid xanthelasma and hello to smoother, clearer skin? Request a consultation online or call us at (416) 663-9649 to schedule an appointment. Our experienced, compassionate plastic surgeons are excited to help!

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