Introduction to Xanthelasma
Double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon, Gregory D. Lewen, M.D., offers treatment for xanthelasma (xanthelasma removal) for men and women in Miami, Aventura, and the surrounding areas of Florida. Dr. Lewen is one of a select few plastic surgeons who specializes in plastic surgery of the eyes.
What is Xanthelasma?
Xanthelasma are benign eyelid growths that look like plaques and characteristically have a waxy, yellow color. These can commonly grow around the middle corners of both upper and lower eyelids, and can often extend farther along the eyelids as well. Sometimes they grow asymmetrically.
What Causes Xanthelasma?
Although these growths can sometimes be associated with higher lipid or cholesterol levels, this is not always the case. It is important to have your blood lipid and cholesterol levels checked regularly if you do have xanthelasma. However, blood lipid levels are not always a good predictor of the presence of these lesions.
What Are the Benefits of Xanthelasma Removal?
Often, the more significant issue with xanthelasma is that they can be quite noticeable, and can leave the eyelids with an undesirable appearance due to the distinguishable color. They can occur in patients of all skin colors.
If you have xanthelasma present, it is very important to have an oculofacial plastic surgeon evaluate your condition before considering treatment, as these skin lesions often have deeper roots that extend into the underlying eyelid muscle layer. As such, they are notoriously a little more complicated to treat, and in many cases, they can have a higher rate of reoccurrence.