Xanthelasma under eyes

Xanthelasma Beaconsfield

Xanthelasma is the appearance of yellowish, fatty deposits of cholesterol under the skin which show themselves as small, raised bumps or patches around the eyes, particularly on the eyelids.

How are they treated and removed?

The advanced skin treatment solution reduces and removes Xanthelasma using medical-grade CryoPen. This non-invasive procedure involves the precise application of extreme cold (at -89 degrees celsius) to the affected area using nitrous oxide.

The CryoPen targets and freezes the fatty deposits, causing them to successfully break down. This process is safe and minimally discomforting, ensuring precise treatment without harming the surrounding healthy skin.

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Xanthelasma under eyes

After-effects following treatment

Following the CryoPen treatment, some redness, mild swelling, or a slight stinging sensation may occur temporarily. However, these effects typically subside within a few days as the skin heals.

Results and complete disappearance

During the treatment, a mild white frost should form evenly over the lesion followed by a white raised blister.

Immediately after the treatment, the tissue turns red-ish coloured due to interstitial bleeding.

The time taken for the Xanthelasma to disappear entirely varies. In most cases, noticeable improvements can be seen within just a few weeks after the CryoPen treatment. However, it may be necessary for at least one additional treatment, in order to see a complete disappearance.


Who is likely to get Xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma can occur in anyone, but certain factors can increase the likelihood of its development. Individuals with higher levels of cholesterol, particularly LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, are more prone to Xanthelasma. Additionally, those with conditions like familial hypercholesterolemia or genetic predispositions to high cholesterol levels might be at an increased risk.

Xanthelasma may indicate underlying health issues, especially related to cholesterol levels and we would advise consulting a doctor before treatment with us for several reasons:

  1. Cholesterol Assessment: Checking cholesterol levels is essential, especially if Xanthelasma appears, as it might be an indicator of high cholesterol.
  2. Identifying Underlying Conditions: Sometimes, Xanthelasma can be a symptom of underlying conditions, such as familial hypercholesterolemia, which require medical attention and management.
  3. Health Risk Assessment: High cholesterol levels can pose significant health risks, including cardiovascular problems. Identifying and managing these risks early is crucial for long-term health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who carries out the treatment?

Your treatment is performed by Jacqui Bannister MD DMK. Jacqui has been treating skin lesions since 2005 and as a senior and advanced skin revisionist, is very well regarded by her peers in the field of cosmetic skin treatments.

What treatment is used to remove Xanthelasma?

Medical grade CryoPen is used. The cryotherapy device releases medical nitrous oxide at minus 89 degrees into the targeted tissue within the Xanthelasma. This process freezes the inter-cellular fluid. Ice shards and crystals are formed which rupture the membrane of the Xanthelasma. The cells are then destroyed, causing the lesion to die.

How many treatments are needed to remove the Xanthelasma?

It is recommended that up to 3 treatments are needed. However, in some cases the body acts very effectively post treatment and as such, only the one treatment is needed.

Where does the treatment for Xanthelasma take place?

Xanthelasma treatments are carried out at Skin Revision. The clinic is based in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire but is welcoming clients currently from other towns around Beaconsfield such as Gerrards Cross, High Wycombe, Slough, Maidenhead, Marlow, Bourne End, Cookham, Amersham, Rickmansworth, Penn the the Chalfonts.

Does the treatment for Xanthelasma hurt?

The CryoPen procedure has minimal discomfort. Of course at minus 89 degrees an intense cold sensation will be felt on the lesion itself, but the precise nature and accuracy of the device means that very minimal sensation is felt outside the treated area. Any discomfort will disappear within a few seconds after treatment.

What is Xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma is a harmless, yellow growth. formed by Cholesterol deposits building up under the skin and raising to the skin’s surface. It is generally very small in appearance and most commonly appears around the corners of the eyes, nearest the nose. They build up under your skin to form a xanthelasma.

What causes Xanthelasma?

You can shows signs of Xanthelasma due to
High cholestrol (this may be hereditary)
Gaining weight
Thyroid issues
Alcohol consumption in regular excess

How can I prevent Xanthelasma?

By lowering your cholestrol.
You can do this by eating more vegetables and less foods that are fatty of the wrong type of food fats.
Also by exercising more or taking prescribed supplements from your doctor to lower cholestrol.

Will there be a scar following the treatment to remove Xanthelasma?

Using CryoPen to remove the Xanthelasma, there will be no sign of scars. However, your consultation will determine whether it is safe for your skin type and skin tone to have treatment for Xanthelasma.

Will Xanthelasma go away on its own or do I need it to be removed by a skin professional or skin specialist?

Xanthelasma doesn’t go away without the prescribed treatment. Instead, it stays the same size or gets bigger. The best way for your Xanthelasma to disappear would be to seek out a professional skin expert in a reputable skin clinic such as Skin Revision in Beaconsfield.