Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Eyelid Deposits

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  • 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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Pictures of Xanthelasma cases (click for further information)
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patches
Xanthelasma Cholesterol Patches
2 weeks following surgical excision.
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patch
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patch: This lady also complained of hooding of the eyelids
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patch: This lady also complained of hooding of the eyelids
1 week following surgery: This lady opted for a modified blepharoplasty operation.
6 weeks following surgery: This operation removed the xanthelasma patch and corrected the hooding
6 weeks following surgery: This operation removed the xanthelasma patch and corrected the hooding
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patch
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patches
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patch: 2 weeks following surgical excision
Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patch: 2 weeks following surgical excision