Cholesterol deposits around the eyes

Cholesterol deposits around the eyes can form as yellow deposits around the eyelids and under the eyes, as a side effect of high levels of fats in the blood. The medical term for these deposits is

Cholesterol deposits around the eyes can form as yellow deposits around the eyelids and under the eyes, as a side effect of high levels of fats in the blood. The medical term for these deposits is xanthelasma.

These yellow spots may not be harmful at first, but they can gradually worsen and cause pain, and may also be a sign of a more serious health problem.
They are yellowish white lumps of fatty material that accumulate under the skin, on the inner parts of the upper and lower eyelids, and contain fats including cholesterol.


It usually appears between the eye and the nose, and it does not impair the function of the eyelids, and this means that it should not affect the ability to blink or open and close the eye, and it can gradually become larger over time and cause discomfort, and need to be removed if it is uncomfortable. Or for cosmetic reasons, anyone can develop deposits that remove cholesterol deposits around the eye


People with this disorder have too much fat in their bloodstream, such as triglycerides and certain forms of cholesterol, and if they have any of the following conditions:

hypercholesterolemia

Which means total cholesterol is greater than 200 milligrams per deciliter

hypertriglyceridemia

Which means that your triglycerides are above 150 mg/dL

High levels of low-fat lipoprotein

High levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL)

Also known as good cholesterol, which is defined as being higher than 40 mg/dL

Causes and factors that lead to the appearance of cholesterol around the eyes

There are many factors that can cause too much fat in the bloodstream, and in turn lead to the development of this disease around the eye, and some of them are due to genetic causes, which means that not much can be done to prevent it, and other causes are the result of lifestyle choices or the side effects of some medications .
Include genetic causes

A deficiency of lipoprotein in the family, an enzyme that breaks down fats

Familial hypertriglyceridemia, an inherited condition that causes people to have higher amounts of triglycerides in their blood

dyslipoproteinemia

Familial, an inherited condition that causes people to have higher amounts of fat in their blood. Lifestyle factors may include the following

Consuming meals high in saturated fats and low in unsaturated fats

alcohol consumption

Cardiovascular disease

overweight

A diet low in fiber

smoking

Medicines that may increase the risk of developing cholesterol deposits around the eyes

  • beta blockers
  • Contraceptive pills
  • Medicines containing estrogen
  • corticosteroids
  • diuretics
  • protease inhibitors
  • steroids
  • Anti-epileptic drugs

And some conditions such as kidney disease, hypothyroidism, and diabetes mellitus can also contribute to the development of cholesterol deposits, and this is because these diseases can increase the concentration of fats in the blood, and sometimes the cause of cholesterol deposits around the eyes is unknown.

Several different ways to remove cholesterol deposits around the eyes

Surgical excision using a very small blade is usually the first option to remove this growth, and the recovery period is not less than four weeks.

Ironing with chemical acids is used to remove plaque, without leaving many scars
Cryotherapy can be used repeatedly, but this carries the risk of scarring and changes in skin pigmentation
Fractional laser carbon dioxide and its laser eradication, which achieves the highest success rate. The final treatment by fractional laser with the follow-up of the doctor is one of the best and fastest modern treatment methods
Electricity can be used with cryotherapy

Freshness Center for Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic in Hurghada Dr. Amani Al-Tawabti

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