Picture of Xanthelasma
Xanthelasma are yellowish growths that appear on or around the eyelids. The growths are painless and do not itch. They are composed of fat (lipids). Approximately 50% of people who have xanthelasma also have high levels of blood lipids. Anyone can get xanthelasma, but the condition is more likely in those of Mediterranean or Asian heritage. The yellow plaques can be removed with surgery, lasers, cryotherapy, or a chemical peel. Xanthelasma tends to recur.