Cholesterol deposits, also known as xanthomas, are fatty deposits that develop under the skin. Although they can occur anywhere on the body, they most commonly build up around the eyes, and they vary in size from truly minuscule to about three inches across. Typically flat and soft, cholesterol deposits have well-defined edges and inconspicuous colors (flesh-colored, yellow, pink, or slightly reddish). Xanthomas are usually not painful, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t frustrating. Wondering how to remove cholesterol deposits? We’ve got you covered!
Why Cholesterol Deposits Form
The development of xanthomas may be an indication that you have high cholesterol levels, but high cholesterol is not the only cause of cholesterol deposits. Certain types of cancer, diabetes, primary biliary cirrhosis, and metabolic disorders (like familial hypercholesterolemia) can cause cholesterol deposits as well. All of these conditions are associated with elevated blood lipid levels, which can lead to the formation of xanthomas.
Xanthomas are a very common skin ailment, especially amongst older people and people with high blood lipid levels. If you believe that you have a cholesterol deposit, ask your health care provider to examine the skin. Although xanthomas can usually be diagnosed visually, you may need to have a biopsy, which will reveal a fatty deposit. Your doctor may also recommend blood tests to check your lipid levels, to assess the function of your liver, and to determine if you have diabetes.
How to Remove Cholesterol Deposits
Although cholesterol deposits don’t pose any health risks (assuming they don’t grow in a spot that could impede other functions of the body like seeing and breathing), they may cause aesthetic distress. In addition, they may be manifestations of another medical condition that needs treatment.
To prevent the formation of xanthomas and manage your current cholesterol deposits, discuss your cholesterol levels with your doctor. In addition, you may need to control your triglyceride levels. Checking and lowering your blood lipid levels could be extremely beneficial for this and other aspects of your health.
To remove cholesterol deposits, you will need to discuss your specific situation with a qualified skin care professional. You may be able to break down the xanthomas and prevent them from reforming by using an Epionce lytic treatment. The lytic encourages skin repair and renewal, and it can correct both skin imperfections and signs of aging. Or, you could have your cholesterol deposits removed using electrocautery ellman, a technology that utilizes an electrically heated instrument to physically remove the xanthoma.
If you would like to learn how to remove cholesterol deposits, contact DermaHealth Laser and Skin Care Clinic if you live in southwest Missouri. Using an Epionce lytic treatment, we can help break down xanthomas now and prevent them from forming in the future. We also remove deposits from the skin using electrocautery ellman, a simple treatment that can be completed quickly and without any down time. To get started, schedule a complimentary consultation by giving us a call at 417-447-7777 or clicking here to contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!