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Quick & simple treatment from £850
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Fast healing with excellent results
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Completely painless procedure

Before & After Xanthelasma Treatment Results

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Xanthelasma removal results

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Xanthelasma treatment results

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Xanthelasma removal at our London clinic

before and after xanthelasma removal

Before and after xanthelasma removal

Xanthelasma eyelid cholesterol treatment London

What causes Xanthelasma

Xanthelasma is yellow plaques of cholesterol that appear mainly in the upper/inner areas of the skin on the eyelids. Xanthelasma often grows slowly over time, rather than just disappearing patients can find them unsightly and affect their confidence which is why most turn to Xanthelasma removal treatment.

Xanthelasma growths are completely benign and harmless lesions themselves. However xanthelasma can be associated with high cholesterol, so it is worth seeing your GP to check your cholesterol level just in case it is raised.


More than half of the people that have xanthelasma have high cholesterol, this can be caused by the following conditions:

  • High LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Low HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Inherited high cholesterol (familial hypercholesterolemia)
  • Liver disease
  • Asian or Mediterranean heritage


Anybody can develop xanthelasma, regardless of having high cholesterol. However, you’re more at risk if any of the following apply:

  • you’re a woman
  • you’re aged between 30 and 50
  • you’re Asian or Mediterranean descent
  • you’re obese
  • you’re a smoker
  • you have high blood pressure
  • you have diabetes
  • abnormally high lipid levels (cholesterol)

Xanthelasma Removal

Most of the time, xanthelasma are completely harmless. Sometimes they can cause discomfort or self-consciousness, which may lead to you wanting to get them removed professionally as safely and as soon as possible.

At our skin clinics, we offer various xanthelasma treatment options; carefully chosen for optimum results, complete removal and a low risk of recurrence.

At Cosmedics Skin Clinics, selected doctors and surgeons offer surgical excision that is done with minimal excision of skin and just aims to remove the affected area so scarring is minimal.

Xanthelasma Removal costs from £850

  • Xanthelasma treatment may be carried out at the consultation if agreed or arranged at a later date.
  • Surgery is quick and painless with the use of local anaesthetic
  • In-clinic procedure
  • No bandages required, minimal dressings

The starting point in xanthelasma treatment is to get a proper diagnosis.

How is Xanthelasma treated?

Surgical excision is the most effective treatment for Xanthelasma. This is a same-day treatment with immediate results and has the least likely chance of recurrence compared with other procedures such as fractional laser, cryotherapy and chemical peels.

It is safe for use in the delicate eye area with our skilled surgeons. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and requires a few stitches to be removed 5-7 days later with minimal scarring.

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Treatment time

15-20 mins per eyelid

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Recovery time

2-3 days

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Minimal scarring using careful surgical techniques

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Results duration


Our Prices

First eyelid From £850
Two eyelids treated in same session
From £1,350-£1,950
Xanthelasma treatment prices include:
  • Pain-free using local anaesthetic;
  • Quick – generally under an hour including the consultation;
  • ’In-clinic’ procedure at selected London clinics;
  • Minimal scarring using careful surgical techniques;
  • Risk of recurrence reduced by removing affected tissues;


*The £50 consultation fee is redeemable against the price of xanthelasma removal treatment when carried out at the same appointment as the consultation (note: same day procedures are only undertaken where the procedure is deemed appropriate to do so AND the patient understands the full extent of the costs, risks and potential side effects and is consenting to proceed on that knowledge).

How Do I Book an Appointment?

Our medical advisors would be happy to make an appointment for you:

The consultation fee is payable on booking. We have a 48-hour cancellation policy.

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Your xanthelasma questions answered

What’s inside xanthelasma?

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A xanthelasma is a soft, yellowish, fatty deposit that develops under the delicate eyelid skin.

How do you get rid of them?

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Xanthelasma can be removed in a minor surgical procedure. This needs to be done carefully by a skilled and trained surgeon who understands the condition and how to work with delicate eyelid skin.

Can I squeeze the yellow fat out?

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No, this is not recommended at all. It wouldn’t be effective; but moreover, it would be very uncomfortable and potentially dangerous to attempt this right next to the eyes. In xanthelasma removal, we remove the entire lesion, not just the fatty deposits.

Can I get this done on the NHS?

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The NHS policy on treating xanthelasma is that the lesions can usually be left alone. They are unlikely to offer removal due to them being classified as cosmetic, and as such ineligible for treatment.

However, it is available privately at Cosmedics Skin Clinics with highly proficient Plastic Surgeons and doctors.

What aftercare is required afterwards?

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  • Simply apply antibiotic ointment 4 times a day and otherwise leave alone.
  • Any stitches (where used) would need to be removed at around 5-7 days later.
  • Sometimes the wound is left to heal as a graze rather than using stitches, in which case there is no further appointment required.
  • Eyelid skin heals very well and healing is normally complete in about 2 weeks

What does xanthelasma removal involve?

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The Procedure/Treatment

The method of removal is straightforward and takes about 15-20 mins per eyelid. It is pain-free thanks to use of numbing and local anaesthetic (so you stay completely awake throughout)

  1. Special cream applied to numb the area
  2. Tiny amount of local anaesthetic injected
  3. The xanthelasma are removed using tiny and precise surgical excision
  4. The skin is either stitched or left to heal like a graze


Due to the nature of the procedure, you will not be able to drive home. Please arrange to use public transport, taxi or bring someone to drive you home.

What side-effects should I expect after treatment?

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  • Eyes will be swollen / mild puffiness for 2-3 days after
  • There may be some bruising or even a black eye.
  • Your vision would be unaffected, but we strongly recommend that you don’t drive home on the day of the procedure
  • You will be able to resume most normal daily activities the next day, but it’s best to avoid swimming for 2 weeks while the wound heals

Can I come back another day for the procedure?

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Of course, there’s no pressure. If you’re not sure or want to time your treatment after a particular event, then you’re welcome to come back whenever you’re ready.

Does xanthelasma mean I have a cholesterol problem?

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Not necessarily. More than half of the people that have xanthelasma have high cholesterol, but many don’t. If you are concerned about your cholesterol levels and haven’t had a test for a while, ask your GP. Cholesterol checks are included in the NHS health check for over 40s. They are also available for a small fee in many high street pharmacies or as a home cholesterol test kit.

Not sure whether it’s xanthelasma – can I send a picture?

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Before booking an appointment, we invite patients to send in a photo of their eyelid and description of the issue. This does not replace a face-to-face consultation, but can usually help to confirm what the problem is likely to be, as xanthelasma can be easily confused with other eyelid lesions. A photo examination will help us to advise you on whether or not we will be able to treat it. As we have an oculoplastic surgeon on our team all eyelid conditions can be assessed.

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Whereabouts do xanthelasma develop?

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Xanthelasma tend to form on and around the eyelids. They can often appear around the inner corners of the upper and lower eyelid.

Find your nearest xanthelasma removal clinic

Harley Street

41 Harley St

0207 386 0464

4 Disraeli Road
SW15 2DS

0207 386 0464
South Kensington

30 Thurloe Place
South Kensington

0207 386 0464
London City

City Walk-In Clinic
Ground Floor
Renown House
33–34 Bury Street

0207 386 0464

Why choose Cosmedics Skin Clinic for Xanthelasma Treatment and Removal?

At Cosmedics Skin Clinics we look after all our patients whether new and slightly anxious or those who have had treatment with us before. We have plastic surgeons and oculoplastic surgeons that work specifically in this area. Our patients are listened to in the xanthelasma removal consultations and once examined we discuss what treatment and when is right for. Xanthelasma removal treatment can be beneficial to all adult age groups, female and male and all ethnicities. Call now or book online today for a xanthelasma removal appointment across London.

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