Xanthelasma = Xanthoma = Cholesterol Deposit = White Spot = Fatty Deposit = Fatty Lump around the eye = White Spot around the eye.
What Is A Xanthelasma?
The appearance is of yellow or white flat plaque or spot over the upper or lower eyelids, most often near the inner canthus. They are made up of cells, that have eaten up blood fats. A Xanthelasma is therefore essentially a fatty cholesterol deposit around the eye. They do occur in other parts of the body, but they would then be called Xanthoma.
How Can I Self Diagnose A Xanthelasma?
The appearance is usually beyond doubt, because there are not many other known conditions causing yellow plaques in the same areas. Another small tumour of the tear duct called Syringoma can sometimes be confused with it. Sometimes there can also be cysts which look similar although they tend to be bulkier.
Who gets Xanthelasma?
They occur a little more often in women than in men and the peak incidence is in the fourth to fifth decades. There have been some publications about Xanthelasma running in families and being related to high blood fats, but there is no conclusive evidence.
How can I prevent Xanthelasma growing bigger or re-forming after removal?
The answer is we don’t know. There is some evidence that lowering your blood fats by loosing weight, taking cholesterol lowering tablets or changing your diet would directly affect the Xanthelasma, but as it makes good common sense to do so anyway you may wish to consider this.
Do they get bigger?
Once the Xanthelasma is established, it tends to remain the same size or grow slowly; it definitely does not go away by itself. Your eyelid function will generally not be affected and drooping of the eyelid is rare. Because of their tendency to grow it is better to treat them early if you are concerned about your appearance.
Anything else I need to look out for?
Yes, you need to get your blood fats checked by your doctor and do a risk assessment for your heart and blood vessels.
What Can Thames Valley Surgical Services Do For Me?
We rarely do real surgery on Xanthelasma. Surgery can only be carried out if they are small, because otherwise one has to take too much away from the eyelid and this causes problems in itself i.e. you would not be able to close your eye comfortably. This is why we go the route of so called electrodessication. Electrodessication and laser treatments cause less scarring then cryotherapy (freezing) and are less dangerous than chemical treatments to the eye. Many patients feel that the resulting scar looks significantly better than the yellow plaques.
Prior to surgery we will give you a local anaesthetic, usually via injection.
Cost of Xanthelasma Removal: £250
The cost of removal for Fatty Cholesterol Deposits around the eye (Xanthelasma) starts at £250 for one and £50 for every further Xanthelasma. This does not include the consultation. For further price guidance click here
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