Xanthelasma nodules around the eyes. Photograph: HxBenefit
"Xanthelasma" - a yellowish fatty deposit of fatty material that is visible in the skin around the eyes. Xanthelasmas are common in elderly people and are usually of no more than cosmetic importance. However, in younger people they may beassociated with hyperlipidaemias, in which there is excess fat in blood. Xanthelasmas may be removed, if necessary, by a simple surgical procedure under a local anaesthetic. Any associated hyperlipidaemia must also be treated.
"xanthelasma". British Medical Association (2007). Illustrated Medical Dictionary. 2nd ed. London: Dorling Kindersley (DK). p602.