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Eyelid Cancer Removal & Reconstruction

Eyelid cancer screening is an important part of maintaining eye and vision health. Regular screening can help detect malignant tumors early when they are most treatable. During the screening, Dr. Braunstein will examine the eyelids and surrounding areas for any signs of abnormal growth or changes. If a suspicious lesion is found, a biopsy may be performed to determine whether it is cancerous. Dr. Alexandra Braunstein also collaborates with other local dermatologists to ensure optimal results.

Symptoms Of Malignant Tumors:

  • A firm bump or nodule on the eyelid
  • A change in the color or texture of an existing mole
  • A pigmented growth or lesion on the eyelid
  • Loss of eyelashes or changes in eyelash appearance
  • Asymmetrical eyelid appearance or deformity
  • A persistent, non-healing sore on the eyelid
  • Redness, swelling, or pain in the affected area
  • Changes in vision or eye discomfort

It is important to note that not all malignant tumors cause noticeable symptoms, and some can resemble benign growths like styes or chalazion. If you notice any changes in the appearance of your eyelids, please seek a professional evaluation. Early detection and prompt treatment are key to ensuring the right outcome and preventing potentially serious complications.

Types of Eyelid Cancers

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and affects the eyelids frequently. It appears as a small, fleshy bump or patch and may resemble a pimple or a scar. Basal cell carcinoma is slow-growing and unlikely to spread to other parts of the body but can cause significant damage if left untreated. It is often caused by prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is a type of skin cancer that affects the eyelids and surrounding areas. It typically appears as a firm, red bump or scaly patch and can develop into an ulcer if left untreated. Squamous cell carcinoma can spread to other parts of the body if not removed promptly, making early detection and complete removal critical. Risk factors include prolonged exposure to UV radiation, previous skin damage, and weakened immune systems.

Rare Skin Cancers

Rare skin cancers affecting the eyelids include sebaceous gland carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and sweat gland carcinoma. These cancers are typically less common than basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma but can be more aggressive and potentially life-threatening. Early diagnosis and complete removal are crucial to ensure the right outcome, and patients with these cancers often require close monitoring and specialized care.

Eyelid Melanoma

Eyelid melanoma is a rare but serious form of skin cancer affecting the eyelid. It originates from malignant transformation of pigment-producing cells, known as melanocytes. Symptoms include changes in mole color, size, or shape, persistent itchiness, or the emergence of new pigmented lesions. Early detection is crucial, especially for those with a history of sun exposure or familial melanoma. Treatment involves surgical excision, radiation therapy, or specialized interventions in advanced cases. Regular eye exams and sun protection are key for prevention.

Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction

Eyelid cancer reconstruction is an important aspect of the treatment following the removal of a malignant tumor. Complete excision is necessary to ensure the lowest risk of recurrence, but it can also result in cosmetic and functional deficiencies. The goal of eyelid reconstruction is to restore the appearance and function of the eyelid. Depending on your condition, reconstruction may involve simple techniques like suturing or more complex procedures like grafting or microsurgical reconstruction.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Braunstein

Dr. Alexandra Braunstein is a fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon dedicated to helping her patients achieve and maintain optimal ocular health. She is incredibly patient and ensures all her clients receive her undivided time and attention. She raises reconstructive surgery to the realm of artistry, ensuring your results are optimal and natural. If you have the signs and symptoms of malignant tumors, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Braunstein for eyelid cancer screening and reconstruction.

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