What is xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma is deposits of cholesterol within skin cells that occur on or around the eyelids and appear as yellowish patches or plaques. Their cause is not fully understood: most patients with xanthelasma will have normal cholesterol levels during bloodwork. Thankfully, xanthelasma is not dangerous, but it can be a cosmetic nuisance.

Xanthelasma can distract from the appearance of your eyes

Though patients can camouflage their xanthelasma with glasses or make-up, some may choose to undergo cosmetic treatment to minimize their appearance and improve on their distracting nature.

Finding a treatment for your xanthelasma

Lifestyle changes, such as dieting/exercise or medications to treat cholesterol, do not usually help resolve xanthelasma. If you believe you may have xanthelasma and want to consider elective treatment, talk to a dermatologist. Many treatment options exist such as the use of high-concentration chemical peels, lasers or even surgery. Your dermatologist will discuss the expected benefits and risks of the procedures, including the possibility of recurrence.