A Xanthelasma is a flat, yellowish growth on the outside of the eyelid, usually close to the nose. These non-cancerous blemishes are composed of fatty material and could be a sign of high cholesterol levels. If you’re looking for a complimentary consultation on Xanthelasma removal, Dr. Teal is the professional cosmetic surgeon you want to see.
We don’t know what triggers these growths. However, they are often associated with an elevated cholesterol level, especially when they are seen in teenagers and young adults.
Although some xanthelasmas disappear on their own, others persist and require surgical removal.
Although an underlying cholesterol problem can lead to heart disease if left unchecked, the xanthelasma itself poses no danger. It is typically removed only for cosmetic reasons. Even after removal, however, the growth may reappear.
Do NOT attempt to remove the growths with over-the-counter medications. Contact your physician to determine the exact nature of the growths and arrange for their removal.
The cost of this procedure is not covered by OHIP as it is a cosmetic procedure. You will need to be evaluated by Dr. Teal to determine the best treatment for you.