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Xanthelasma

What is it?

Skin lesions that appear on the eyelids caused by the deposition of lipids (fats) in the skin. May be related to changes in blood lipids but may also result of local changes of fat metabolism.

Characteristics and symptoms

Lesions affect the upper and/or lower eyelids, are flat and yellowish, and its consistency is harder than the skin surrounding it. Do not cause any local symptom and bring only aesthetic disturbance.

Treatment

Treatment is aimed at the destruction or removal of lesions. It may be done through the application of caustic substances for chemical cauterization, electrocoagulation, laser or surgical removal with closure by suture. The choice of treatment will depend on the extent of lesions and circumstances of each case, and should be indicated by a dermatologist.

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