Skin lesions can occur anywhere on the body incluing the eyelids. Skin lesions can be benign growths or cancerous lesions. When a benign skin lesion occurs around the eye it can potentially become irritated or affect the vision if it is large enough. A simple in office procedure can be done to remove the lesion.
Cancerous skin lesions that can occur around the eye or on the eyelid include squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), basal cell carcinoma (BCC), melanoma or sebaceous gland carcinoma. A biopsy or tissue sample can be performed in the office with local numbing medication and is required to determine whether a lesion is benign or cancerous. If the lesion is cancerous a second operation is done to remove all of the cancer cells.
Removal of a cancerous skin lesion around the eye or on the eyelid can be performed by an oculoplastic surgeon with the help of a pathologist to ensure all of the cancer cells have been removed. Alternatively, a Mohs dermatologic surgeon who is specially trained to remove skin cancers can remove the lesion and then you might be referred to one of our oculoplastics surgeons who specialize in reconstruction of Mohs defects of the eyelid and midface.
Contact our office for a consultation if you suspect or have been diagnosed with a skin cancer on the eyelid or midface.