Xanthelasma is a yellow-whitish bump that forms on the eyelids and surrounding area of the eyes.

What is xanthelasma

It is a small neoformation formed by deposits of lipid material in the subcutaneous area. They usually occur on one or both eyelids, particularly at the inner corner of the upper eyelids or in the area closest to the nose (internal canthus). However, it is not uncommon for them to appear on the lower eyelids as well.

Causes of xanthelasma

In 95% of cases there is no cause. Sometimes, however, it can be a symptom of lipid metabolism disorders such as familiar hypercholesterolemia, or occur in the presence of primary biliary cirrhosis, pancreatitis, hypothyroidism and some forms of cancer.

Xanthelasma treatments

Xanthelasmas are easy to remove, as an outpatient with rapid surgery, under local anesthesia using laser or surgical removal.
Although the results are more than highly satisfactory in both cases, the risk of recurrence is lower with surgical removal.

In summary

For whom it is appropriate

The removal of xanthelasma is always recommended because these small lesions can become larger.


Any age according to the specialist’s recommendations.


Depending on the xanthelasma to be removed.

Social return



Laser or surgical excision under local anesthesia.


Image team led by Prof. Carlo Tremolada performs the removal of xanthelasmas in Milan.


It is possible to view before and after photos of xanthelasma removal at Image Regenerative Clinic.


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