EYELID SKIN CANCER
Inland Empire's leading eyelid surgery center
Skin cancer is among the most frightening conditions that can affect your eyelid. But you can rest assured that In Focus is here for you. If you believe your eyelid is affected by skin cancer, visit our office, and we will come up with a treatment plan. We are here for you to help you address eyelid skin cancer and keep your eyes safe.
Types of Cancer That Affect the Eyelid
Several types of skin cancer can affect your eye. Fortunately, when you visit an experienced surgeon, they can minimize the damage of this condition.
The types of skin cancers we can treat include:
- Basal cell carcinoma: This is the most common type of skin cancer, and can affect you anywhere throughout your body. It tends to grow slowly and in one localized area.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: This is generally caused by overexposure to sunlight or radiation. Severe burns may also be a cause.
- Melanoma: Although this is the least common, accounting for only about 1% of known eyelid cancers, they are much more aggressive. Two-thirds of deaths related to skin cancer are due to melanoma.
What Are the Symptoms?
While you should always speak with a doctor for a proper diagnosis, there are some symptoms that you should be on the lookout for if you fear you may have skin cancer. If you believe you have any of these symptoms, come in today for a consultation. We will provide a thorough examination to determine the best treatment plan for you.
- Shiny, smooth, or firm bumps (meet with an oncologist to make sure this is not merely a stye).
- A sore or lump that bleeds.
- A patch of red or brown.
- Significant eyelash loss.
Timely Action: It is essential to talk to a doctor the second you suspect you have this condition, as catching the disease early is the most crucial part of treating it.
Ultimately, your treatment plan depends on the specific type of cancer. What you can be certain of is that you are receiving the best care at In Focus. Our surgeons have dealt with countless cases of skin cancer, helping patients safely deal with the problem.
When looking for treatment, it is essential to visit an expert surgeon. Otherwise you put yourself at higher risk for not treating your skin cancer completely.
Depending on what your doctor finds, there are multiple steps of treatment we might take.
- Biopsy: This is a small, in-office procedure with minimal downtime and recovery. The results we discover from this procedure will help inform how we move forward.
- Mohs Microplastic Surgery: This involves removing the cancerous lump or node by way of a highly specialized surgical technique while leaving the surrounding skin intact. Malignant cells are shaved off a layer at a time, before being looked at under a microscope. This method has the highest cure rate and leaves fragile elements of your eyelid unaffected. This method is more common in treating basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma.
Am I At Risk?
Unfortunately, skin cancer around the eyes and eyelids is very common, accounting for about 5-10% of all cancer cases. Cancer of the upper eyelid is among the most common of facial cancers, and cancer of the lower eyelid is the most common of all.
If you have a history of cancer or overexposure to the sun, you may be at risk. At In Focus, our doctors will take a look at you and determine whether or not you are exhibiting the systems of eyelid skin cancer. We will use a microscopic examination to look for the early signs of cancer around your eyes.
Recovery and Downtime
Our oculofacial plastic surgeons are more than capable of repairing and reconstructing your eyelids after the surgery process, so no one will even know you had surgery. And we are experts at hiding any scarring that may result from the procedure.
As with any eyelid surgery, some swelling is to be expected for a few weeks after the surgery. We will provide you with antibiotics and other medication to help you manage any discomfort effectively. Our goal is to make sure your eyelids work as they’re supposed to well after the surgery is complete.
We recommend that you avoid a couple key things for at least a few weeks. Avoid:
- Eye-straining activity
- Direct sunlight
Avoiding these will help your body recovery more quickly and thoroughly.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Visit In Focus today and take the first step to restoring your eyelids to health. During your consultation, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. We go above and beyond to make sure you are fully informed on every procedure we do, so you can rest assured you are getting the results you want.
If you are worried that you have developed eyelid skin cancer, schedule a consultation today. You will meet personally with one of our experts to develop a treatment plan that matches your needs. Each step of the way, you are fully involved and informed, making the process convenient and comfortable.