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Xanthelasma / Cholesterol Eyelid Deposits
Xanthelasma Removal Surgery

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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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  • Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patches

    Xanthelasma Patches

  • 2 weeks following surgical excision.

    2 weeks following surgical excision.

  • Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patches

    Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patches

  • 2 weeks following surgical excision

    2 weeks following surgical excision

  • The scars will continue to disappear

    2 weeks following surgical excision. The incision scars disappear in time.

  • Xanthelasma/ Cholesterol Patches

    This lady had quite large Xanthelasma patches. In such cases it is often cosmetically better to remove these lesions as part of a modified upper lid blepharoplasty. Not only does it remove the cosmetically poor xanthelasma but it also gives a much neater final result and treats any upper lid hooding

  • A modified blepharoplasty treats the hooded eyelids and xanthelasma

    A modified blepharoplasty treats the hooded eyelids and xanthelasma

  • 6 weeks later

    6 weeks following modified blepharoplasty

  • 6 weeks later

    6 weeks after modified blepharoplasty. Note how well how the wounds have almost completely disappeared already.

Mr Cheung would need to see the lesions first before being able to advise on costs for their removal. However as a general guide:
  • default_titleSmall lesions that can be removed in outpatient clinics can be removed for around £600-850.
  • default_titleFor medium sized lesions that need to be removed in theatre, costs start at around £1800- although some patients prefer to have them removed as part of a blepharoplasty operation (£2300+)  so that not only do we remove the lesion, but the patient looks better cosmetically as a result too with better symmetry and a younger looking eyelid.
  • default_titleHowever some massive lesions sometimes require quite complex grafts and flaps which can cost about £2300 per eyelid.
  • default_titleIt really depends on the size of the lesions, the skin elasticity, ocular surface status, type of anaesthesia, etc. All prices would be all inclusive and would include post operative medications, suture removal, clinical photography and any necessary postoperative review appointments (usually 2 - at 1week and 3 months post op) 
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