Laserplast
Xanthelasma and other benign neoformations of the eyelids
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A xanthelasma is a yellow plaque-like lesion on or around the eyelids, caused by a deposit of cholesterol. The presence of a xanthelasma very rarely corresponds to an increase in blood plasma cholesterol levels, but blood tests should be carried out to exclude dyslipidemia of any kind. Xanthelasmata are benign, but they tend to increase in size and number, and unfortunately even when they are removed they frequently recur. They are surgically removed under local anaesthetic, leaving a scar that is barely visible. Surgical removal is not advised in the case of large xanthelasmata (to avoid the retraction of the skin of the eyelids – ectropion), and so larger lesions are removed, under local anaesthetic, using CO2 laser or Erbium laser. The results are usually very satisfactory but deep lesions (that have infitrated the orbicularis muscle) or old lesions may leave a flat, pale scar.
A syringoma is another very common benign lesion that occurs on the eyelids. Syringomas are small benign sweat duct tumours, and appear as small, raised papules, the same colour as normal skin. They occur mainly on the eyelids and tend to increase in size and number over time. Syringomas are removed with a CO2 laser which is used, with a very precise incision, to create a deep thermal lesion in the tumour. The exophytic part (the excess) of the syringoma itself is then removed by CO2 laser.

TYPE OF TREATMENT
Medical/laser treatment
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
TECHNOLOGY USED
Ultrapulsing CO2 laser
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
From 20 to 45 minutes
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
 1
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
Local anaesthetic by injection
SIDE-EFFECTS(ALSO TEMPORARY)
The operated areas are medicated with antibiotic ointment twice or more every day, until the skin is completely reformed, which usually takes 7-8 days. The healed areas must be protected from sun exposure with SPF 50+ products, until the post-treatment redness has disappeared. This redness usually lasts about 45 days.
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
Avoid sun exposure and UV lamp exposure; apply SPF 50+ sun protection every 2 hours when outside.
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
The same as those before treatment