Xanthelasma and Xanthoma

Xanthelasma & Xanthoma – Yellow Marks Around The Eyes


Xanthelasma (pronounced ‘zan-thel-as-ma’), are yellow, sometimes slightly raised plaques found on the upper or lower eyelids. They are most often near the inner part of the eye. The uncomfortable or unsightly plaques caused by Xanthelasma or Xanthoma may be a symptom of raised cholesterol levels in the body. The spots are deposits of cholesterol under the skin. They are soft and painless and don’t interfere with vision, except in extreme cases where they may weigh the eyelids down. They’re more common in women and men in their 40’s and 50’s and are sometimes hereditary or a sign of raised cholesterol levels.

Around half of the cases of Xanthelasma are linked with higher than average cholesterol levels. So if you have the yellow marks you should have your plasma lipid (fat) levels checked. If they are high then your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes and may also possibly prescribe lipid-lowering drugs.

Xanthelasma should not cause any physical discomfort and can be left alone unless the patient wishes them removed for cosmetic reasons. However, around 40 per cent will recur after treatment.


Related to Xanthelasma, xanthomas are usually flat, soft to the touch, and yellowish in colour though they may also be pinkish and even look sore. They have distinctive well defined edges. Xanthomas are more common in older individuals and people with a blood lipid disorder such as hypercholesterolemia but they may also signify other diseases are present such as diabetes or even cancer.

Xanthomas are fatty deposits of material which lie under the skin surface. They can be very small or grow up to over 3 inches in diameter. They can appear anywhere on the body but are found more commonly on the elbows, knees, hands, feet and buttocks.

Xanthelasma Palpebra (see the image at the top of this page) is a common kind of xanthoma that is present on the eyelids. Unlike Xanthoma, Xanthelasma may occur without any underlying medical condition being present and is not necessarily associated with elevated cholesterol or lipids though this may sometimes be the case.

Treatment for Xanthelasma

Both Xanthelasma and Xanthoma can be quickly and easily treated here at The Evolutions Clinic using Advanced Cosmetic Procedures and radio surgery to gently remove the raised plaques. Click here to find out more about the treatment>>  The process is quick, easy and gives good cosmetic results. Call us today on 01962 809937 for a consultation.

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