Xanthelasma Palpebrarum

What Is Xanthelasma Palpebrarum?

Xanthelasma is a sharply demarcated yellowish deposit of fat underneath the skin, usually on or around the eyelids.

While they are neither harmful nor painful, these minor growths may be cosmetically unacceptable and can be removed.

Does Xanthelasma increase with time?

They are generally permanent with tendency to increase in number and coalesce with time.


What are the treatments available?

  • Patients should have their fasting lipid levels checked and those with increased lipid levels should have a cardiac risk assessment done. If required medical intervention would include starting the individual on lipid lowering drugs with aspirin.
  • The lesions can be left alone unless the patient wishes them removed for cosmetic reasons. The condition itself is harmless. Lesions can recur in patients after treatment.
  • Various options are available including surgical excision, chemical treatment & laser treatments.