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Conditions

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 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.

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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Wendy - Hey I used the castor oil but stopped it did seem to work at first. I would say try it. I have heard you need cold pressed castor oil. Just make sure the band aid is covered abs keep it on all night





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hi carol why did you stop the castor oil?

I had a small xanthelasma in the corner of the eye orbit. I had it removed easily and effectively by advanced electrolysis (cost £48). Apart from a small scab for about 10 days which was barely noticeable I encountered no problems or scarring. No recurrence so far (3 months on). Not sure if bigger ones or if closer to eyes would be amenable to treatment but might be worth investigating if you have this problem.





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Hi, can I ask where you had the treatment and Did it hurt? Many thanks

Does any ones marks make the eye feel like you can not keep it open, I have 1 flat yellow mark above each eye roughly the same size but only one that wants to close when I'm awake and wants to open when I try to sleep?





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I'm amazed and dissapointed that it is so difficult to remove this permanently. Where are the great medical minds? I am scared this thing will grow bigger.





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I also have one on each eyelid. I have had laser treatment on both of them and they have come back both times. GP says they wont treat them any longer as they are considered cosmetic and arent detrimental to your health. Private surgery quotes have ranged from £800 - £1000 per eye!!! Ive tried the garlic treatment, it doesnt work :( I bet if I wanted a boob job (I dont) to boost my confidence I could get it done on the nhs!!! (unfair but hey ho)





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I have been using caster oil every night in a band aide placed in the spot. In about 2 weeks it is about half the size. I tried garlic and tsa peel and both burned and did not work. The caster oil seems to be working. I've heard it takes about a month to totally remove it.





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I was so happy to find this site, and a few others. I noticed many had said their marks were like lumps or raised. Mine are flat. I just got back from a plastic surgeon and was very happy as she told me with a lower eye lift, I will have tighter skin but most important most of the yellow marks will be gone with the skin she will be removing from the lift. What yellow marks remaining she will use the needle procedure to remove them. I am so happy after 15 years of heavy marks, to have them gone is a dream come true. In the mean time that cover up I mentioned in other posts covers so well makes face perfect. Oh the cost of lower eye lift surgery is 2,900 plus tax. To me thats worth it. Regaining my self esteem is worth paying for. Good luck to all as you try to decide what to do ♡♡

Hi, I have seen your post on using castor oil and placed on the xanthelasma. I also have one big 'ugly' xanthelasma on my left eye and have bought a bottle of castor oil to try out after reading your post. Can I know how many drops of oil would you put on the band aide? Would you be placing the band aide on the spot overnight and remove only the next morning? Sorry but to ask, was the xanthelasma removed totally and did it come back again?

I have flat bright yellow patches under both eyes.The top eyelids too. They have gotten considerbly worse lately with high cholesterol. My dermatologist froze the top lids and used a needle to take out the fat. It is lighter but that procedure is not the answer for me. Under my right eye is very dark yellow. My dermatologist would not use the needle procedure as the area was too big. I consulted a plastic surgeon and he would not do anything saying the area was to big and that scarring would be an issue. I am so embarrassed for anyone to see this. I noticed that at times it is brighter than other days. However I would like to share the makeup tip that I use. This make up covers tattoos, black marks, burns and port wine stain. I use this product around my eyes only and use my regular foundation for the rest of my face. It blends in well. I will now do it everyday because while sitting in the car and bright sun I could see how bad these things were. I used this 'covermark' make up about 8 times. I ordered the sample pack first and today I ordered what I needed. My skin is fine except for these terrible marks.





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What was the make up that you used to hide the spots? This has got to be about the most embarrassing thing ever!!





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