Saturday, December 27, 2008


As I told you before I had my xanthelasmata removed on December 24. They are a sharply demarcated yellowish collection of cholesterol underneath the skin on my eyelids. Harmless and painless, but I saw them with every look and all day. Time to get rid of them!
My appointment was at 7.45am, so I was the first in the OR. The local anaesthetic was the most painful, the rest wasn't. I could feel what the surgeon was doing, but without pain. Before I know it, I was in the recovery room! After some thorough cooling I could go home.
At home I felt a tear in the corner of my eye. It was blood. When I wiped it very carefully I looked straight into the wound on one side. Oops... stitching had come loose (before I wiped). I called the hospital and they told me to come back immediately.
Fortunately the surgeon was just starting with his last patient, so I was in time. I had to wait for a while and then I was back in the OR. The old stitches had to be removed, so I got a local anaesthetic again (ouch!). New stitches, extra adhesive plaster... ready, again!
Now it's getting better day by day. The worst day was the day after surgery, but it could have been worse. I'm not complaining. On the pictures you can see the progress up until this morning.

xanthelasmata surgery - progress


  1. That's actually really interesting! Thanks for sharing this. I'm fascinated by skin stuff (being a Makeup Artistry/Cosmetology student we look at skin conditions regularly). Just imagine how good your eyelid will look when it's all healed up! :)

  2. Looking very good! That local anaesthetic does sound painful, though.


  3. We always wondered what they were called! It is healing up very nicely!

  4. Oh, that sounds very painful. I am glad that you are recovering well now.

  5. Hi! I found you through entrecard. I am a NICU nurse and a same day surgical nurse, and I have to tell you that you look really good! I have seen some people come out of the OR looking like someone beat the living crap out of them. I hope you feel better soon.

  6. Hope you feel better real soon. I once had to have eye surgery on my left eye and I was terrified of the needle that injected the anaesthetic! After that the whole eye went numb. I remember it well.

    Anyway, just stopping by to wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

  7. Anonymous16/9/11 19:50

    A study concludes xanthelasmatas could be a sign of heart disease.


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