Eyelid Xanthelasma


While not harmful, eyelid xanthelasmas can be unsightly, draw attention, and create self-consciousness. Our plastic surgeons at the Centre for Minor Surgery (CFMS) offer xanthelasma removal in Toronto to help you get rid of these yellow patches that form around the eyes and detract from your appearance and confidence. Our scar-minimizing techniques will leave you with little evidence of your procedure.

What are eyelid xanthelasmas?

Xanthelasmas are collections of cholesterol that form in the skin and create unsightly yellow plaques. They most often occur in the upper and lower eyelids. While they can be associated with having high cholesterol, this is not always the case.

Do eyelid xanthelasmas need treatment?

Eyelid xanthelasmas are harmless, not painful, and do not need to be removed; therefore, xanthelasma removal is not covered by OHIP. Because xanthelasmas can be associated with high cholesterol, it is important to have your cholesterol checked by your primary care physician. It’s important to know that lowering high cholesterol levels will not cause xanthelasmas to go away.

What happens during xanthelasma removal?

At CFMS, xanthelasmas are treated by direct surgical excision as an office treatment using a local anesthetic. While the injection may sting, the procedure is completely painless. The white or yellow areas are surgically removed, and typically the incisions are closed with dissolving sutures to speed up healing. Once the procedure is finished, a small amount of antibiotic ointment is applied to the area.

Is there a scar after xanthelasma removal?

As with all surgeries, a scar is left behind after xanthelasma removal.  It generally heals very well and fades into a very fine line in the eyelid folds. The aesthetic benefit of the procedure generally far outweighs the resulting scar. Occasionally, xanthelasmas may redevelop over time.

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How do I get started?

To meet with one of the plastic surgeons at The Centre for Minor Surgery in Toronto, book a consultation using our online form or by calling (416) 663-9649.
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