Custom XanthRemover vs Laser
Many of our customers come to us disappointed after laser treatment. This is because, although laser removal may be effective in ablating these type of lesions during surgery, Xanthelasma is a condition prone to come back! Sometimes it comes back very soon after laser removal like in this case.
Laser Xanthelasma removal is a rather invasive ablative procedure, although expensive, it cannot be guaranteed the Xanthelasma won’t come back after removal. The cost of any procedure involving ablative lasers starts from 1500 USD for small Xanthelasma Removal and can even top to 5000 - 6000 USD if the Xanthelasma has developed on both upper and lower eyelids.These costs are comparable to a normal upper and lower eyelid surgical blepharoplasty.
In the above picture the patient noticed that the lesion was starting to appear and took a picture as the lesion was developing into full blown Xanthelasma. This was hardly noticeable but since the patient had Xanthelasma in the past, she could recognize the lesion starting to appear.
Unfortunatelly not only is the use of ablative surgical lasers quite expensive but also not completely pain-free during and after treatment. During the treatment the pain inflicted by the laser usually requires the use of local anesthetics. The after treatment is not painless either. We treated many patients who previously underwent laser removal and they all reported swelling a few days after the treatment. Our patients reported that the swelling lasted between one week up to one month.
In this picture the same patient has taken a picture one month after the surgery. The swelling is still noticeable and the Xanthelasma is starting to heal.
As we know, Xanthelasma can easily reappear after laser ablation. In this case, the lesion reappeared only two months after the laser procedure. This was when this patient referred to Akronics for Xanthelasma Removal. Of course at that point this patient was aware of the recurrence issue.
Our patients have seldom been satisfied with laser treatment because, laser treatments are very expensive and not pain free after the treatment. Laser treatments are usually painful, therefore those patients willing to undergo laser treatment require to have local anesthetic subministered before undergoing the procedure. Unfortunately, without anesthetic, the pain inflicted during the procedure would make the treatment unbearable.
This is the patient only a few hours after applying the Custom formulated XanthRemover. In this case we have purposely avoided the use of TCA, because this skin type is clearly too sensitive to TCA. Also this patient experienced severe swelling after the previous laser treatment which lasted up to one month after the procedure. Therefore we avoided TCA and chose a milder peel and a relatively low concentration to remove this Xanthelasma.
This picture also shows how the treated area looks like after the application of the XanthRemover on a delicate brown skin type. Usually all brown (Asian-Indian) skin-types become darker soon after the potent peel has been applied. This is a normal reaction and the area will naturally heal looking clearer than the rest of the skin a week later or so.
The reason for us to use a milder formulation was also due to the young age of the patient as well as the size of the Xanthelasma. This particular Xanthelasma was very thin and therefore a mild ablation should have sufficed in order to remove the lesion, which it did after only one application.
Only a week after the XanthRemover application the area where the custom peel was applied had started to heal. The patient did not experience any swelling especially due to the mild nature of the custom formulated XanthRemover.
Only one application of the custom peel formulation sufficed to remove the Xanthelasma, without experiencing any swelling or irritation. As it is possible to appreciate from the above picture the region treated had started to blend with the rest of the skin.
The XanthRemover did not require the use of any anesthetic at all, while Laser Removal did require the use of local anesthetic to desensitize the area prior to the Xanthelasma ablation .
Custom XantheRemover did NOT cause swelling, whereas Laser treatment caused swelling for nearly one whole month.
The healing time after the XanthRemover was one week, whereas the healing time after Laser treatment was one month.
The cost of the XanthRemover formulation was only a fraction of the total cost of the Laser treatment.
The XanthRemover did remove the lesion only after one application, whereas the lesion recurred after Laser treatment.
The patient was very pleased with the result after the first and only application of the XanthRemover. In case more lesions will appear at a later stage the patient is left with plenty of extra Gel to remove the possible new lesions.