Cancer of the eyelids and the surrounding areas are not uncommon. Most common malignant tumors include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. Tumors may present as eyelid nodules or bumps, pigmented growths, loss of eyelashes or asymmetric eyelid appearance. Not infrequently tumors are misdiagnosed as styes or chalazia. Timely diagnosis and correct treatment are crucial for the best long-term outcome as the eyelids are not only important in facial aesthetics but are critical for the health of the eye and the vision. Complete excision is necessary to ensure the lowest chance of recurrence. Reconstruction of the defect following tumor excision can be straightforward or extremely challenging. The importance of specialized training in this area cannot be understated, as a poor result can lead not only affect appearance, but also cause pain, discomfort, infection and vision loss.
If a suspicious growth is present, an in-office biopsy is often done to establish the diagnosis, as malignant lesions may mimic benign ones and vice versa. When necessary, Dr. Braunstein collaborates with experienced local dermatologists to ensure the best possible results are achieved.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- Rare Skin Cancers