Xanthelasmas removal is the exision of fatty deposits around the eye. These yellow growths are a collection of cholesterol under the skin, and often appear on the upper and lower eyelids.
While not harmful, xanthelasmas can draw unwanted attention and cause self-consciousness. This procedure can provide renewed confidence and improve the overall appearance of the eyes.
Procedure Length: Varies depending on size of the lesion.
Recovery: No downtime. Sutures out within a week.
What Are Xanthalasmas?
They are collections of cholesterol that form in the skin creating yellow
plaque like lesions that are difficult to hide with even make up. They tend
to appear on the upper and lower eyelids. While they may be associated with
a high cholesterol this is not always the case.
Do Eyelid Xanthalasmas Need Treatment?
No they do not. They are harmless and will not change into a cancer,
therefore they are not covered by MCP. They are more of a cosmetic problem.
Since they may be associated with a high cholesterol it is important to have
your cholesterol checked by your family physician. It is also important to
realize that lowering your cholesterol will not cause the Xanthalasmas to
How Are Xanthalasmas Removed?
In my clinic they are treated with surgical removal using local anesthetic.
The incisions are closed with sutures that will usually be removed within a
week. This will require trading the lesion for a scar the length of which
will depend on the size of the area. The scar usually heals as a fine line, however on occasion patients do not heal as predicted especially if they
have healing issues. For most patients the aesthetic results of removing the
lesions far outweigh the resultant scar. Occasionally, Xanthalasmas may
reoccur over time particularly if your cholesterol is high.
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you are considering Breast Surgery or Abdominoplasty, your plastic surgery treatment will require that you make important decisions. Dr. Cluett wants to help you feel educated about your choices and has provided a list of frequently asked questions below.
Where Will Your Procedure Take Place?
Your initial consult will take place in Dr. Cluett’s office at 7 Paton Street, The Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, or Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Your surgical procedure will take place in a fully-equipped and safe surgical facility. These medical centres bring with them a team of specialized health care practitioners with training and experience specific to these types of procedures. Your safety is key to the success of a procedure.
What about pre-op and aftercare?
Dr. Cluett will work to ensure your path to recovery is as smooth and short as possible. Your recovery will be unique to you, your body, and your surgical procedure, that’s why each patient needs a custom recovery programme. After your procedure, Dr. Cluett will meet with you to review your specific needs and recommended aftercare. Throughout the recovery process, should you have any questions, you can always call Dr. Cluett’s St. John’s office and her team will be able to provide you with answers, or schedule a follow up appointment.
Is a referral required for a consultation with Dr. Cluett?
Some consultations will be covered by MCP if you are referred by another physician. If you wish to avoid obtaining a referral it is possible to see Dr. Cluett. This will involve a one-time consultation fee.
Will my treatment be coverable by MCP?
If the concern you have is considered “cosmetic” by MCP standards, your treatment will not be covered. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure if your treatment will be covered, is to see Dr. Cluett in consultation. After assessing your concerns, she will advise you as to whether or not MCP will cover your procedure based on your history as well as your physical problems.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Debit or cash. We are as well associated with Ifinance Medicard which is a company accustomed to financing cosmetic procedures. We will provide you with the necessary contact information so you can further investigate this option if requested.
Why should I choose a Plastic Surgeon for my cosmetic procedure?
A Plastic Surgeon is a surgical specialist who has completed a minimum of 5 years of study and training in plastic surgery after receiving their initial medical degree. This is different from a cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Cluett is the only female plastic surgeon in Newfoundland and Labrador.