Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Eyelid Deposits
- default_titleXanthelasma (also known as xanthelasma palpebarum) represent fatty infiltration deposits of the skin leading to the formation of yellow plaques affecting the skin of the sides of the nose.
- default_title They may develop spontaneously in some patients but in some patients may occur in connection with hypercholesterolaemia or hyperlipidaemia (high cholesterol/serum lipid levels). All patients who develop xanthelasma must therefore have their serum cholesterol levels measured by their GP to exclude these conditions. Patients with untreated hypercholesterolaemia/hyperlipidaemia are at a higher risk of suffering strokes and heart attacks.
- default_titleXanthelasma can be removed when they prove to be a cosmetic issue for the patient.
- default_titleSmall xanthelasma patches can be treated by laser treatment and chemical peels.
- default_titleAlthough the vast majority of medium sized xanthelasma plaques may be treated with simple excision, larger xanthelasma plaques sometimes require eyelid reconstruction using skin flaps to avoid eyelid malposition.
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Picture galleries of Xanthelasma cases (click images for further information)