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What are Xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma is a flat yellow patch over the upper or lower eyelids. They are fatty deposits which are classed as minor growths, and are neither harmful or painful, and do not affect the function of the eye area. However, they are able to removed if desired.
Xanthelasmas are made up of of xanthoma cells, which are foamy formations with fat deposits. They are collections of certain types of fat, mostly cholesterol and triglycerides derived from food.
Who is affected by it?
Xanthelasma is most common in people whose families are from Asia or the Mediterranean. They are usually not a problem, but occur more often in women than in meant.
They appear on individuals who lack the full ability to break down fats efficiently to transform it into usable energy. This can be caused by diabetes, hypothyroidism, liver problems and typically from genetics.
The presence of xanthelasma in the population is around 0.3% and 1.5%. The age range is from 15 to 73 years, however there is not specific set bracket of who can get them.
What causes them?
High levels of cholesterol may cause Xanthelesma. Although Xanthelasma themselves are harmless, they could indicate you have a risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
How can they be treated?
Although Xanthelasmas are skin lesions, they are usually superficial and they do not grow too deeply into the dermis to cause pain or harm. The fat that Xanthelasmas consist of lies between the superficial dermis and the epidermis, just the same as warts. Therefore, this means they are successfully and easily removed using treatment with no scarring.
Does Advanced Electrolysis hurt?
We recommend you apply a topical anaesthetic cream thickly, covered with a plaster one hour prior to the treatment to minimise discomfort during the treatment. Such creams are available from any chemist or pharmacy, such as Emla or Amitop.
Are there any side effects from the treatment?
There is no recovery time as such from advanced electrolysis; you can return to work and normal activities immediately after a treatment.
Depending on the particular skin condition being treated and the size of it, you can expect some post treatment discomfort and scabbing as the area heals.
If the area being treated is on your face, you may wish to plan treatment around social events if you do not wish to attend them before post-treatment healing has completed.
Is there any danger of infection?
Any instrument used in contact with the skin is disposed of after each use. This is especially important with the needle and the needle holder. All areas are sterilised, at least twice, with a specialised skin and instrument disinfectant.
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