Various spots often appear on the skin and some of them signal a possible internal problem. Xanthelasma is exactly the kind of change that is a disorder in the body.

These are yellowish and easily raised spots on the upper and lower eyelids. They start in the inner corner of the upper lid, tend to grow and merge, so that they can symmetrically cover the eyelids of both eyes. They are different in size, reaching over 1 cm in length.


It occurs more often in the female population. Yellow is the result of local deposition of lipids and fatty products. In some patients there is no deviation in the values ​​of fatty substances in the blood, and in others the occurrence of xanthelasmas is directly related to high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. They are found in those suffering from diabetes, pancreatitis, and cirrhosis of the liver. Consumption of fatty foods and alcohol and being overweight also have an impact.

Keep in mind that as this deposition of lipids under the skin occurs, it also accumulates even in large quantities around the blood vessels, especially those towards the heart and brain.


Interestingly, even when lipid levels are normalized with xanthelasma treatment and diet, no change occurs. Xanthelasmas in themselves do not interfere with vision, do not cause pain, itching, tingling or discomfort. They never turn malignant, are not a danger to the body, but are nevertheless a serious cosmetic defect. The treatment is surgical, excision with aesthetic suture or laser ablation. You will probably wonder why cholesterol builds up right around the eyes. The answer to this question has not yet been found and remains a mystery.