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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 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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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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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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