Dr. Abbott is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist who can identify and screen your suspicious eyelid growths, helping you diagnose eyelid cancer before it worsens. And if you’ve already undergone cancer excision, you can opt for MOHS reconstruction to improve the aesthetic appearance of your eyes.
Eyelid Cancer Screening & Reconstruction
Don’t Ignore That Suspicious Growth
Eyelid cancer isn’t uncommon, so it’s important to be vigilant of suspicious growths in or around your eyes. The most common malignant tumors are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. You may notice the tumors as eyelid nodules, lumps, bumps, or asymmetry issues. If you notice any unexplainable change in your eyelids, contact our Board-Certified Ophthalmologist for eyelid cancer screening. Early detection is essential for successful treatment and outcomes.
Symptoms of Eyelid Cancer:
- Unexplained changes to the appearance of the eyelid
- Bump, swelling, or nodules in the eyelids
- Persistent crusty growth in the eyelids
- Changes to the shape and structure of the eyelids
- Thickening of the eyelids
- Redness, pain, and discomfort of the eyelids
- Loss of eyelashes from one or both eyelids
- Persistent chalazia or styes
Eyelid Cancer Screening: Tumor Biopsy
A skin tumor biopsy is a method to screen for eyelid cancer — this procedure involves the removal of a small piece of tissue from the potentially cancerous growth or tumor. Once the tissue is removed, it is examined under a microscope to determine if the cells are malignant. If so, further medical treatment may be necessary. Early detection and diagnosis of eyelid cancer can be life-saving, so you must contact Dr. Abbott if you notice a suspicious growth.
Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction: MOHS Surgery
Eyelid cancer reconstruction, also known as MOHS reconstruction, is a delicate surgery performed after a malignant tumor has been completely removed. A reconstructive flap or skin/tissue grafts are used to cover areas that still need protection. The anatomic defect created by the tumor can be fixed by suturing the skin tissue back together and repositioning the eyelid muscles. And finally, the surgeon may create a new lash line and crease, thus reversing the effects of cancer on your eyelids.
Recovery After MOHS Reconstruction
Recovery after Mohs reconstruction of the eyelids can be a bit uncomfortable. Side effects may include blood-tinged tears, slight swelling, and temporary blurry vision. To ensure a safe and effective recovery, follow all instructions given by your surgeon, including plans for pain management and antibiotics. Proper aftercare is also essential, such as using ice packs to reduce swelling, protecting the area from the sun, and avoiding strenuous activities. Full recovery usually takes 2 to 4 weeks.
Contact Dr. Abbott
Dr. Meredith Abbott is a Board-Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship-Trained Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon with thousands of eyelid surgeries under her belt. She is compassionate and ensures your surgical process is painless, safe, stress-free, and comfortable. Furthermore, her medical team ensures you feel comforted through every stage of the surgical process, from the initial biopsy to the final stages of your recovery after MOHS reconstruction.