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Xanthelasma Treatments

The Xanthelasma Treatment Options

Different Treatments and their Costs

What are the chances of scarring after Xanthelasma Treatment?

The chances of scarring after undergoing Xanthelasma treatment depend on the

  • Type of treatment
  • Whether any damage was caused to the dermis during the treatment
  • Infections following the treatment

Type of treatments proven to work

The available treatments that are scientifically proven to work are only:

TCA Peels in Clinics

The TCA allows easy removal of Xanthelasma usually within one or two treatments. This makes the product very successful within cosmetic clinics because the client can see the results soon after the first session and the results are achieved within a relatively short time-frame. However, TCA is not very easy to control and compared to other types of cosmetic peels, it could be too aggressive on certain skin types and more prone to cause, hypo or hyper-pigmentation than other types of peels. Therefore it may not be the best option for home use given that there are milder peels available on the market which are easier to control

Xanthelasma Laser Treatment

Xanthelasma laser treatment is very effective in removing Xanthelasma, but it is very expensive. This Xanthelasma laser removal method is similar to electrolysis or electrical arcing to removing the xanthelasma but slightly more difficult to perform and also more dangerous.

Surgical excisions

Xanthelasma excision using a Scalpel

This is the oldest method of removing Xanthelasma. It consists in using the same procedure used for skin cancer excision. This is a very effective procedure in removing Xanthelasmas within one session. However, it is very invasive:

  • Bleeding will inevitably occur during the surgical procedure
  • The use of local anaesthetic is mandatory
  • There are risks of infections
  • The procedure will almost inevitably scar the patient

This type of procedure is to be avoided due to the high chances of scarring to the patient. Given all the modern techniques available, there is no reason for this type of treatment to be used any longer.

Scars following excision using a scalpel

Scalpel Excision to be avoided

Visible scar left by Scalpel Xanthelasma excision

Electrical arc, sometimes referred to as plasma, what is it?

Electrical insulators, when subjected to a high enough voltage, undergo an electrical breakdown. When Electrical Breakdown occurs the electric current starts flowing through the insulator and  then the insulator becomes an electricity conducting substance.

In other words, Voltaic arc or electrical arc or plasma is the electrical discharge which occurs in the insulating substance during an electrical breakdown, and this happens at a specific voltage and specific conditions in an insulator.

In Aesthetics electrical arcing is used for:

  • Tattoo Removal
  • Skin Tightening
  • Benign Mole Removal
  • Xanthelasma Removal
  • Skin Lesions Removal and more

Xanthelasma Removal by Freezing

This removal treatment involves freezing the xanthelasma with liquid nitrogen or another chemical. Which is also known as Cryotherapy. The fluid nitrogen treatment has been proposed as a possible xanthelasma removal treatment for freezing. Liquid nitrogen xanthelasma treatment is referred to as Cryo-Xanthelasma-ablation, and you will see this option come up from time to time. However the dangers of applying extreme low temperatures to your eyelids and the disappointing results have made this removal treatment the least favored – it is simply too dangerous, destructive and the results are unreliable.

However, the effects of Cryotherapy are difficult to control. Therefore although it has been adopted as a Xanthelasma treatment in some Clinics, it is not generally advisable to be used for Xanthelasma removal for two reasons:

  • Relatively high potential dangers to the eyes (normal eye protectors used to protect the eyes during laser excision cannot protect the eyes against the deep cold of the cryosurgery).
  • This treatment presents the highest likelihood of neither being suitable nor effective.

The risks of infection after the procedure are very low.

Xanthoma Treatment with Castor Oil

Xanthelasma can be an unsightly condition that dramatically affects your appearance. These growths are not dangerous, but they may have an impact on your everyday life. The Xanthelasma treatment can be long and possibly even costly depending on the type of treatment you choose. Most people would prefer a more natural way to deal with their xanthelasma, which would lead them to consider castor oil. It is definitely worth a try!

Xanthelasma Garlic Treatment

Garlic reduces cholesterol and blood pressure. It’s not going to hurt you taking garlic in an attempt to control your Xanthelasma, as it is able to help you lower your cholesterol levels and has other health benefits, it is a great option to improve your health and reduce the detrimental effects of an increasing cholesterol level.