How to Get Rid of Xanthelasma
Xanthelasma Palpebrarum (XP) usually manifests as yellow bumps on or around the eyelids, particularly the upper eyelids. It affects only around 4% of the population, and is not typically cause for alarm, with most patients only seeking to remove their xanthelasma for cosmetic reasons. That said, XP is often associated with more serious health concerns and should therefore be examined by an eyecare professional. At New Eyes, our oculoplastic surgeon, P. Lloyd Hildebrand, MD, FACS, is well-equipped to educate patients about their xanthelasma and ease symptoms of this bothersome condition.
The bumps, or plaques, which appear near the eyelid in a case of XP are actually lipid deposits caused by buildups of cholesterol in the blood. Accordingly, about 50% of patients with XP also suffer from high cholesterol (also known as “hyperlipidemia”). While it is true that a significant part of the American population has high cholesterol, hyperlipidemia is still a serious medical problem that should never be ignored. As such, if you notice xanthelasma on your eyelids, we strongly advise you to have your cholesterol checked to reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
It is important to note that XP will not go away on its own and can worsen without medical intervention. Fortunately, a number of oculoplastic treatments exist to reduce xanthelasma, from advanced surgeries to non-surgical procedures. Dr. Hildebrand can help determine the best treatment option for you based on your overall health and the severity of your symptoms. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Hildebrand, please do not hesitate to contact New Eyes today.