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Xanthelasma

Xanthelasma

This condition is caused by a collection of yellowish cholesterol deposits underneath the skin around the eyes. Although they are not harmful, their appearance can be upsetting, but removal of this common condition is not without risks. As the affected area is normally very close to the eyes, surgery is risky, and will often leave significant scarring. There is also no guarantee that the Xanthelasma won’t reoccur in the future. Lazer and cryotherapy is another possibility, but also comes with it’s own risks of scarring, so a more common treatment is for sufferers to disguise the condition with make-up. Although this make up must be applied every day, the result can be extremely encouraging. Sufferers should ensure that they are tested for high cholesterol levels, though they can occur without this and often occur in familes.

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I need some real anwers, so can someone please help me? I have them too! Big and ugly on my upper eyelids, I had it removed in 2011 but it came back worse than ever.... I tried the garlic and is still using it but I'm not sure if it's working yet but I will keep everyone posted.but I am asking for some real answers and real results that can help





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I need some real anwers, so can someone please help me? I have the too! Big a ugly on my upper eyelids, I had it removed in 2011 but it came back worse than ever.... I tried the garlic and is still using it but I'm not sure if it's working yet but I will keep everyone posted.but I am asking for some real answers and real results that can help





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I've just returned from advanced electrolysis on a large eyelid xanthelasma and after just 2 hours I'm already thrilled at the result. Felt a couple of needle picks then it was more discomfort than pain. I was warned it may take a couple of treatments but first indications are that it'll be completely gone after just this one. I'm aware it may come back but at £40 per treatment I'll just get it removed again. Worth every penny!





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I have just been to the doctors for this problem. I was told it would reoccur if I had it remove. Could I get the name of this nice young doctor please. Thanks Dawn





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I have been using castor oil for over a month (twice a day) and while the xanthelasma has diminished and become less noticeable - it is a slow process. I am a dark skin person, and I feel using any laser treatment or acid peel will eventually result in discoloration. I am using it all over my eyelids, undereye, eyebrows and lashes during the night. In the day time I only dab on the spots with a q-tip. My eyebrows have become thicker and lashes have become fuller though. So its a waiting game.





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I also have these on my upper eyelids and have been to the GP - the best they will do is refer me to a skin camouflage clinic. I'd like them gone for good! I am in Essex so if anyone knows of a good dermatologist or surgeon, please let me know. I wear so much normal make to to try (unsuccessfully) to cover hem, I look like a clown lol





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Hi I have one in the inner corner of each eye. I had them removed, which cost £loads and within a few months, they had grown back!! I don't have high cholesterol.

Have you tried the new lamprobe treatment fantastic results

I have to reddish marks on my face under the eyes had biopsy fatty deposits is what can I use to make less obvious marilyn





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I had a yellow patch above both eyes..had them removed once via, well not sure..he used a small instrument and it smelled like flesh was burning..had some scabs for about a week but no scarring and they stayed away for about 10 years...well they came back and I just had them removed again yesterday with the same procedure...woke up this morning..yellow spots gone..have scabs...but happy with the results...a little swollen..have a follow up appointment in two weeks. This young doctor was terrific..didn't question anything...totally understood...took my insurance card...and did the procedure right there in his office in about 10 minutes..a little shot to numb me up and done!...he was terrific!! How can anyone walk around with these on your face. He totally understood! Love him!





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Dear Cathy, I live in London but nevertheless can you pls somehow let me know the name of the doctor, I am looking for a good one, even if private.

Pls Cathy, can i possibly get contact with this young doctor. I live in london too. I desperately need to get rid of this ugly thing in my eyes. Gosh !

Please share the details of your wonderful doctor Cathy!!

I have these awful marks as well and whilst I know they are deemed by the NHS as cosmetic problems they don't realise the impact this has on people's live. You lose confidence as just like teenagers with spots you think that these marks are massive and that that is all people see when they look at you. Its very demoralising and is stopping me going out as often as I used to but no one takes it seriously. I don;t have the money to consider surgery or laser options and make up so far doesn't completely disguise this.





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I have been having trouble with getting these spots for about 6 years, they cannot be stopped. My cholesterol is fine and my Dr.s have said they don't know why I have them. I have asked could it be from rubbing my eyes do to allergies and is it from dark circles and his answers were no. However after my first surgery to remove them my eyes looked good. Just recently they have come back and hoping to get them removed again. Besides all the disappointment I see in the mirror when they returned I will not stop fighting to stop them from coming back. If anyone has the cure please let us know. Oh also drinking water does not help or makeup. Good luck to everyone to finding the answers.





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