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Xanthelasma Removal

Xanthelasma Removal treats cholesterol plaque around the eyes.

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Xanthelasma Removal

Key Takeaways

Key Takeaways: Xanthelasma Removal

Help Choosing

Help Choosing

When deciding between surgical excision or microcautery for xanthelasma removal, consider the size and thickness of the xanthelasma, healing tendencies, and personal preference regarding recovery time and potential scarring.

  1. Xanthelasma Removal by Microcautery/Diathermy: This method involves using a high-frequency electric current (diathermy) or heat (microcautery) to remove the xanthelasma. It is typically less invasive and can be more precise, making it suitable for smaller or moderately sized plaques. The recovery time is usually shorter, and it often results in less scarring compared to surgical methods. However, for larger plaques, multiple treatments may be needed, and there's a slight chance of recurrence.
  2. Xanthelasma Removal by Surgical Excision: This method involves surgically removing the cholesterol plaques. It's generally more effective for larger xanthelasma, ensuring complete removal in one session. It may offer a more definitive solution, surgical excision usually requires stitches and might result in a more noticeable scar. The recovery time can be longer than with microcautery/diathermy. This option is often considered when plaques are extensive or have not responded well to less invasive methods.

When choosing between surgical excision or microcautery/diathermy a consultation with a dermatologist or a GP can provide personalised advice, and guidance, taking into account your specific condition and aesthetic goals.

Cost of Xanthelasma Removal

Typical Costs

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Insurance Coverage for Xanthelasma Removal

Insurance Coverage

The cost of Xanthelasma Removal may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma is a condition characterized by yellowish cholesterol plaques that form around the eyelids, typically in the inner corners.

When is surgery necessary for xanthelasma?

Surgery becomes necessary when the plaques cause discomfort, interfere with vision, or are cosmetically undesirable.

What are the surgical procedures for xanthelasma removal?

The surgical procedures for xanthelasma removal are microcautery/diathermy and surgical excision.

What is the cost of xanthelasma removal in the UK?

The cost of xanthelasma removal in the UK ranges between £500 and £2,000.

What are the non-surgical treatment options for xanthelasma?

Non-surgical treatment options for xanthelasma include cholesterol-lowering medications and lifestyle changes.

Further Information

Related Concerns

Xanthelasma is associated with high cholesterol levels and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is essential to address these underlying health issues to prevent further plaque formation and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Causes of the Issues

The primary cause of xanthelasma is elevated cholesterol levels in the blood, which can result from genetic factors, poor diet, or other health conditions.
Treatment Approaches
Treatment options for xanthelasma include lifestyle changes to lower cholesterol levels, medication, and surgical removal of the plaques. The surgical options available are microcautery/diathermy and surgical excision, as listed in the Odycy Services.

Service Overview

Both microcautery/diathermy and surgical excision are effective methods for removing xanthelasma plaques. The choice of technique depends on the size and location of the plaques, as well as the patient's preferences and the surgeon's expertise.

Step-by-Step Guide to Xanthelasma Removal

  1. Consultation: The patient meets with the surgeon to discuss the procedure, evaluate the plaques, and determine the most appropriate treatment method.
  2. Anesthesia: Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the eyelids.
  3. Plaque Removal: The surgeon either uses microcautery/diathermy to destroy the plaques or surgically excises them.
  4. Closure: If surgical excision is performed, the incisions are sutured to promote healing.
  5. Recovery: The patient is monitored for any complications and given post-operative care instructions. ### Conditions Warranting Xanthelasma Removal Xanthelasma removal is recommended when the cholesterol plaques cause discomfort, interfere with vision, or are cosmetically undesirable. Lifestyle considerations such as a high cholesterol diet or a sedentary lifestyle, which can contribute to the formation of these plaques, may also warrant the need for this procedure. ### Benefits of Xanthelasma Removal The primary benefits of xanthelasma removal are the elimination of discomfort and the improvement of the patient's appearance. Additionally, the procedure can help to restore normal vision if the plaques were obstructing it. ### Risks of Xanthelasma Removal Potential risks of xanthelasma removal include infection, scarring, and changes in eyelid color or shape. There's also a chance of xanthelasma recurrence, especially if underlying high cholesterol levels are not managed. ### Preparation for Surgery Patients may be advised to stop taking certain medications that can increase bleeding risk. Lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthier diet to manage cholesterol levels, may also be recommended. Pre-surgery Procedures and Checks Before the surgery, the surgeon will conduct a thorough examination of the eyes and eyelids. Blood tests may be performed to check the patient's overall health status. ### Postoperative Care After the surgery, patients may be given antibiotic ointments to prevent infection and instructed to use cold compresses to reduce swelling. Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor the healing process. ### Recovery and Rehabilitation Recovery from xanthelasma removal is typically quick, with most patients returning to their normal activities within a week. No specific physical therapy or exercises are required. ### Alternatives to Surgery Non-surgical treatment options for xanthelasma include cholesterol-lowering medications and lifestyle changes such as a healthier diet and regular exercise. ## References
  6. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (2019). Xanthelasma. Retrieved from https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/xanthelasma
  7. Ibid.
  8. Georgalas, I., Tservakis, I., & Kardara, M. (2011). Xanthelasma palpebrarum treatment and association with lipid profile. British Journal of Ophthalmology, 95(5), 618-622.
  9. Ibid.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Private Healthcare UK. (n.d.). Xanthelasma removal. Retrieved from https://www.privatehealth.co.uk/conditions-and-treatments/xanthelasma-removal/costs/
  12. American Academy of Ophthalmology. (2019). Xanthelasma. Retrieved from https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/xanthelasma
  13. Ibid.

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