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The eyelid skin is the thinnest and most sensitive skin on your body. As a result, this is often the first area on your face to show change from sun damage and aging. Unfortunately, sun damage and other environmental toxins not only cause the skin to age but also can cause serious damage. Skin cancer of the eyelids is relatively common and several types exist. The presence of a nodule or lesion on the eyelid that grows, bleed or ulcerates should be evaluated. This involves examination and sometimes a biopsy.
Smaller benign tumors can most often be removed in the office at the time of initial evaluation. Local anesthetic is administered, the eyelid is prepped, and the lesion removed. A variety of techniques are available to remove lesions including crytherapy (freezing), scraping, laser, and excision. For a variety of reasons, the technique we nearly always use is excision.
Excision of larger benign tumors is often best scheduled in the office at a later date. Occasionally with adults, we perform excision of some larger tumors in an ambulatory surgery center. When caring for children we nearly always remove them in a surgery center.
Skin cancer needs to be removed surgically by a skilled individual who can not only remove the tumor, but also reconstruct the eyelid or area where the tumor was removed. Sometimes surgeon will do this themselves at a surgical facility with an on site pathologist who can immediately examine the specimen to ensure the whole tumor was removed. Other times, the help of a dermatologic surgeon specializing in Mohs surgical excision will be utilized. This procedure is completed into two steps, the first in the dermatologist’s office with immediate examination of the tumor to ensure its complete removal followed by the reconstructive surgery by your surgeon. Dr. Jaffe is the optimal person to repair these defects, as the eyelid is quite delicate.
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