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Xanthelasma Removal in NYC

The eyes are one of the most attractive features of the face, so it stands to reason that you want them to always look their best. Lipid deposits in the form of yellow patches on the inside corners of your eyelids detract from their natural beauty. These deposits, called xanthelasma, can be removed.

Sometimes these deposits leave on their own; however, once they appear, they usually stay. Xanthelasma may increase in size over time. Fortunately, there are several options for removing these unsightly patches.

Cholesterol Deposits on Eyelid Removal

These benign yellow patches can be indicative of hyperlipidemia. High levels of fats or lipids in the blood can produce xanthelasma. Since their appearance could signal cardiovascular problems, it is best to get examined by a doctor.

Even though these deposits are harmless, they do affect your appearance. Removal can be accomplished through surgery or several other methods.

  • Traditional surgery uses a scalpel to remove the xanthelasma.
  • Laser surgery can be especially effective when it is the type known as fractional CO2.
  • Another method of removal involves freezing the deposits. This is called cryotherapy. A chemical such as liquid nitrogen is used in this method.
  • Chemicals are also used in the chemical peel process. Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) has been shown to have excellent outcomes for most patients.
  • Xanthelasma seldom return when radiofrequency advanced electrolysis (RAF) is used.
  • A medication that lowers cholesterol, the statin simvastatin (Zocor), has also caused the deposits to disappear.

There can be side effects with the removal of these fatty deposits. Some patients experience slight scarring at the removal site. There is also the possibility that the color of the affected skin could be changed. In some instances, the eyelid may appear slightly turned-out.

Even though treatment for xanthelasma can be successful, it is important to know there is also the possibility they may return. If you have high cholesterol and get it treated, it may decrease the probability that the deposits will reappear. However, those who have inherited high cholesterol can expect the growths to return.

Causes of Xanthelasma

Though the exact cause of xanthelasma is not known, there are certain conditions that may cause their formation. Cholesterol problems seem to be involved in nearly half the population with these growths. Some have high LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, or lowered HDL, “good” cholesterol, levels. People who have inherited high cholesterol (also known as familial hypercholesterolemia) are more likely to develop xanthelasma. Another known possibility is primary biliary cirrhosis. This liver disease can raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk for development of xanthelasma.

Anyone can develop xanthelasma; however, it is most prevalent among people with Asian or Mediterranean ancestry. These cholesterol deposits mainly affect women who are middle-aged or older. Although men can develop xanthelasma, the condition is not as common in the male population.

Looking Good, Staying Healthy

It is important to know these deposits could be a warning sign that you have cholesterol level issues that need to be addressed. Abnormal lipid levels in the blood, or dyslipidemia, can be a serious condition. Your risk of stroke, heart attack, angina and peripheral arterial disease increases with a buildup of cholesterol in the blood. While not everyone who has xanthelasma on the eyelids has a problem with cholesterol, it is best to have your levels checked.

Xanthelasma deposits make your eyes look less appealing. Getting them removed can restore the natural beauty of your eyes. Choosing a well-qualified physician is important, as it may increase the likelihood of satisfactory results.

Dr. Maurice M. Khosh is known as an expert in facial plastic surgery. His focus on facial surgeries has equipped him to provide patients with improved outcomes, both surgical and non-surgical. If you are considering having your xanthelasma removed, schedule an appointment with one of the best facial plastic surgeons in New York City. Experience the exceptional care provided by Dr. Khosh and his staff.

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What Dr. Khosh's Patients Say


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Meredith G.
Saw Dr. Khosh for a fractured nose. He reset my nose beautifully (and with little discomfort to me) and then discussed some of my sinus issues with me upon my follow up visit. Never felt like he was rushing me out and felt very confident in his abilities. I would highly recommend to anyone needing plastic or reconstructive options!
Jackie C.
Great front office, really good experience after what was a terrible accident. I was made to feel comfortable. Dr. Khosh is very good at what he does. I'm still healing but I'm confident of the results
Kaitlin M.
Dr. Khosh takes exceptional care of his patients. He has operated on me twice, each time making me feel extremely comfortable and satisfied with the results. His staff is also very kind and knowledgeable.
Diana G.
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Joann M.
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Leah G.
Upon hearing of the overwhelmingly positive experience a friend of mine had in choosing Dr. Khosh as her surgeon, I decided to make an appointment for my own septoplasty/rhinoplasty/turbinate reduction. Although I was slightly skeptical as the praise I had heard seemed a bit hyperbolic, all uncertainty dissipated after meeting the Doctor and his staff. My pre- and post-operative experience was excellent in terms of concerns adequately addressed prior to the surgery and mitigation of any bruising in the convalescent period. Despite my apparent predisposition to rather slower healing, a year after the surgery, my nose looks really pretty and my breathing entirely unobstructed! I highly recommend Dr. Khosh!
Courtney G.
AMAZING!!!!!! I had Dr Khosh perform lipo on my chin/neck and my result is unbelievable! Better than I could have expected! I met with a couple of surgeons and the second I met with Dr Khosh I knew he was the one I was going with. He was compassionate and explained every detail of what would take place during the surgery and what to expect during recovery. I even emailed a few times during recovery with various questions and he got right back to me asap which was really comforting! I honestly fully recommend Dr Khosh, he did an amazing job and is an amazing person.
Frieda S.
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