Skin Cancer Repair of Face and Eyelid
Eyelid skin cancers are typically found on the lower eyelid, but can also be found in the eye corners, close to the eyebrow, or other nearby areas. Often beginning as painless nodules, they can progress to more severe skin distortions. If you are losing eyelashes, crusting, or bleeding, schedule an evaluation immediately.
Types of skin cancer
The two most common types of skin cancers are skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. While both tend to not spread to other parts of the body, if not removed there is a possibility. Sebaceous gland carcinoma and malignant melanoma are more severe forms of skin cancer. These have a higher chance of spreading to other parts of the body, and therefore require aggressive treatment methods early on.
Eyelid skin cancer is treated via complete removal and reconstruction. Complete tumor removal minimizes recurrence. After removal, reconstructive surgery is often a necessary step to improve eye function, protection, vision, and the overall cosmetic appearance.
Healing and scarring
Eyelid skin cancer therapies do tend to leave a scar. However, we do aim to minimize scarring for optimum cosmetic results. Healing typically takes six months-one year, and we continue to follow up to ensure the skin cancer does not recur.