Xanthelasma cause, myths and treatment advantages.
Due to the nature and its presentation Xanthelasma is hard to hide. This skin condition can cause psychological trauma and luck of confidence. Many people who suffer from Xanthelasma are looking for a treatment because it affects their social life and purely of cosmetic reason. You will find some answers about Xanthelasma cause and treatment in this post.
Believe it or not, but Xanthelasma first was presented some 300 years ago in the famous painting of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The artist portrayed some skin discolouration of the inner corner of the left upper eyelid of the beauty. This was recently noticed by Italian researcher who proposed that this was due to an Xanthelasma discolouration.
How does it look like?
Xanthelasma presents itself as a yellow plaque that forms around the eye area, mostly near the inner corner. Histologically, the formations are found to be accumulation of lipoprotein deposits. These formations vary in size, slightly in colour and may be hard or soft. Medical reports suggest that this condition is quite rare and found more in women than in men. It is extremely rare effect small children.
What causes it?
Generally, it is thought that Xanthelasma is a sign of high cholesterol or elevated blood pressure. Another version states that it can be a prediction of risk for myocardial infarction, ischaemic heart disease and atherosclerosis. In fact, there is no enough evidence to say for sure what causes this skin condition.
From our experience and communication with our patients, we discovered that many people suffering from Xanthelasma would have normal cholesterol, no problems with Blood pressure and neither would complain about their heart. We normally advise them to have blood tasted for fasting cholesterol and lipid levels prior to the treatment. Many report normal findings of these tests.
Is it dangerous?
Xanthelasma is not dangerous and does not affect the eyes or eyelids function.
What treatments are available?
The best advice we would give is to leave the formation alone and don’t play with it. But, we understand why people wish to get rid of it. Among a few treatments available for Xanthelasma are Skin Camouflage, Topical trichloroacetic acid application, Surgical removal, Laser and Garlic therapy.
We usually see people in our clinic who already tried some of these treatment with no or very minimal result. Treatment which we offer at the LASERINA clinic is based on Electrolysis but has an advance side of this technique. We successfully use Advanced Electrolysis to treat milia, seborrheic keratosis, skin tags and Xanthelasma. Skin Camouflage is also available on request.
How does the treatment works?
The advanced technology works on principal of radio-frequent electrolysis. The topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the Xanthelasma and the skin around it for at least 30 min prior to the procedure. Our medical practitioner uses a tiny electrical probe to pass the current into the formation to destroy its content. Procedure normally is very quick and takes only 10 – 15 min. Treated area is normally slightly swollen and pink for a few hours post treatment. The scab, which will form either immediately or within a few hours, will fall off in 7 – 10 days. New skin that will be revealed on the spot will mature and blend with the rest of the skin within 2-3 months. Follow up appointments may be needed.
Advantages of advanced electrolysis treatment.
• Very little downtime
• No local anaesthetic required
• Low cost procedure compared to surgical method
• Minimal post-procedure scabbing
• Low risk of scarring
• Minimally invasive
First Consultation is free of charge and you can simply send us a clear picture of your skin which is affected by Xanthelasma for a quick assessment.
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