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How to Shrink Fat Deposits

author image Erica Roth
Erica Roth has been a writer since 2007. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a college reference librarian for eight years. Roth earned a Bachelor of Arts in French literature from Brandeis University and Master of Library Science from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Her articles appear on various websites.
How to Shrink Fat Deposits
Cut out alcohol and your xanthomas may resolve as a result. Photo Credit webphotographeer/iStock/Getty Images

Fatty deposits, also called xanthomas, are spots in which cholesterol has built up under your skin. Though the high blood cholesterol levels that have led to the development of the fatty deposits put you at risk for health problems, including heart disease, the deposits themselves are harmless. Xanthomas that cause you pain due to their location on your body or that cause you distress due to their appearance may be removable.

Step 1

How to Shrink Fat Deposits
Underlying conditions can cause your blood cholesterol level to increase. Photo Credit moodboard/moodboard/Getty Images

Treat underlying conditions that cause your blood cholesterol level to increase, including diabetes, gastric cancer and cirrhosis. According to the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, your xanthomas may resolve themselves once your cholesterol levels are back to normal.

Step 2

How to Shrink Fat Deposits
Remove fatty deposits under your skin with topical acid solutions. Photo Credit Daniela Andreea Spyropoulos/iStock/Getty Images

Remove fatty deposits under your skin with topical acid solutions. The New Zealand Dermatological Society’s Dermnet NZ service explains that applying creams that contain trichloroacetic acid to the specified areas—under your doctor’s care only—can essentially burn off the fat that’s accumulated.

Step 3

How to Shrink Fat Deposits
Laser treatments can help get rid of xanthomas. Photo Credit Brankica Tekic/iStock/Getty Images

Get rid of xanthomas with laser treatments. The November 2001 issue of “Archives of Dermatology” reports that YAG lasers can be effective in removing large cholesterol bumps that alter your facial features. Frequent treatments over a period of months may be required.

Step 4

How to Shrink Fat Deposits
Ask your doctor if you're an appropriate candidate for surgical excision. Photo Credit mediaphotos/iStock/Getty Images

Ask your doctor if you are an appropriate candidate for surgical excision to remove your fatty deposits. Surgery, as well as laser treatments, can be short-term solutions, as xanthomas have a tendency to grow back.

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