How do I know if I should have my eyelid bump removed?
There are many different reasons to have the bumps and tumors of the face and eyelids evaluated. Common complaints related to these growths include irritation, itching, cosmetic deformity, and interference with the vision. Large tumors can even cause traction and change the function of the eyelid, leading to increased risk of dryness and irritation of the surface of the eye.
While most tumors around the eye are benign, skin cancers can also occur on the eyelids and surrounding structures. These skin cancers most commonly include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but more dangerous cancers such as melanoma and sebaceous carcinoma can also occur.
Risk factors for skin cancer around the eye include history of sun exposure, previous skin cancer, and immunocompromised health status.
Who should I trust for my eyelid tumor treatment?
The eyelids and surrounding facial features are delicate structures that require special care and consideration to prevent problems with the eyes and the vision. The doctors at Eyesthetica are all certified members of the America Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), signifying that they have specialized training not only in the eyelids and face, but also in the treatment and prevention of disease of the eye and vision. The health of your eyes and face are best trusted to an oculofacial specialist, especially when it comes to removal of tumors and reconstruction.
The most important factor in preventing the spread and complications of skin cancers is early detection by careful examination with an eyelid specialist. We believe that equal care should be taken in repair and reconstruction to have the most functional and cosmetically appealing results.
How do you perform surgery for eyelid tumors?
Small tumors of the eyelid can often be biopsied or removed in the office setting with the use of a local anesthetic. Reconstruction methods are tailored to each patient and can range from techniques that do not require a suture to gentle rearrangement of the surrounding tissues.
Surgery for larger tumors can usually be performed in an outpatient surgical setting. Removal of the tumor can be performed with a frozen section technique, where the tumor is evaluated and cleared during the surgery by a pathologist.
We also work closely with Mohs surgeons who remove the tumor in their offices and map the tumors three dimensionally to assure complete tumor removal. Reconstruction by the doctors at Eyesthetica can then be performed one to two days later.
Eyelid tumor removal and reconstruction is usually covered by insurance and can be performed as an outpatient. Do you have a bothersome bump or growth of your eyelids? Schedule an appointment with one of our skilled doctors for an evaluation and to learn more.