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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2018 Jan-Mar;11(1):1-6. doi: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_56_17.

Xanthelasma: An Update on Treatment Modalities.

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King's College Hospital, Dermatology department, Denmark Hill, London SE5 9RS, UK.
Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK.


Xanthelasmas are localized accumulation of lipid deposits on the eyelids. Lesions are typically asymptomatic and treatment is often sought for cosmetic purposes. Unfortunately, there is paucity of strong evidence in the literature for the effective treatment of normolipidemic xanthelasmas. A literature search using the term "xanthelasma" was carried out in PubMed and Medline databases. Only articles related to treatment were considered and analyzed for their data. Commonly cited treatments include topical trichloroacetic acid, liquid nitrogen cryotherapy, and various lasers including carbon dioxide, Er:YAG, Q-switched Nd:YAG, and pulse dye laser. However, traditional surgical excision has also been used. This article reviews these currently accepted modalities of treatment.


Normolipidemic xanthelasmas; xanthelasma; xanthelasma palpebrarum; xanthelasma treatment

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