Skin growths - fatty; Xanthelasma
If you have a disease that causes increased blood lipids, treating the condition may help reduce the development of xanthomas.
If the growth bothers you, your doctor may remove it. However, xanthomas may come back after surgery.
The growth is non-cancerous and painless, but may be a sign of another medical condition.
The growth may cause a change in how you look. This is called cosmetic disfiguring.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if xanthomas develop. They may indicate an underlying disorder that needs treatment.
Review Date: 08/26/2009
Reviewed By: Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network; Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.