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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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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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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!!

Oh god I have low cholesterol I've suffered with this for years! I'm 41 I'm single and have lost 4 stone! I'm going to the gym to tone up and should feel confident but these marks are growing and spreading and I'm sick of doctors at work asking me to check my cholesterol! Help what works I'll try anything!!





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On Embarrassing Bodies Live this week (Monday Night) a Lady was on who has these above and below both eyes. the Docs sent her to a clinic for a peel to remove them. She had really good results. Can anyone give me any details of this or could any of the Docs comment at all Thanks





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I too saw this programme and am desperate to either have surgery or ANYTHING to get rid of them. Mine are the same as the lady in the programme, above and below both eyes. Please help me find out how to go about finding the dermatological route as have already seen a consultant about surgery and his 'advice' was not at all encouraging.

Hi - I've been looking into the cream for these on http://xanthelasmaremoval.com/ and am seriously thinking about ordering. Has anyone used the cream or can anyone verify the company. Sent them an email but mailer referred it back as unable to deliver sonow not sure on the company itself. It's claims are fab and the results are good. They are an American company with an office in Nottingham UK but can't find any other contact info for them . Thanks

I have more than 8 years round my eye dark I try so many cream but nothing help could you advise me what to do please





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