The removal of a xanthelasma, which is the accumulation of fat that is created on the eyelids, is an Outpatient Surgery therefore a procedure that is performed under local anesthesia, without the need for hospitalization of the patient.
For surgeries such as xanthelasma removal, an anesthesiologist is not expected to be present. However, the surgeon is supported by an instrumentation nurse specialist on an outpatient basis during procedures.
The surgeon performing the surgery will decide whether to suture the wounds with resorbable stitches, which therefore do not need to be removed, or nonresorbable, which require their removal after 8 to 15 days depending on the surgical site. The removal of stitches may be performed in the surgical outpatient clinic or by the general practitioner.