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Eyelid Skin Cancer: Diagnosis and Repair

Eyelid Skin Cancer: Diagnosis and Repair

We, at Desert Eyesthetics, understand that the last thing anyone wants to hear is an eyelid skin cancer diagnosis and are here to support you every step of the way. We are proud to offer outstanding treatment options to repair your eyelids and restore their function and natural appearance. You can always count on Dr. Garcia and her dedicated team for care and services that exceed your expectations!

Eyelid Skin Cancer Overview

Your eyelids are very important. They not only enhance your natural appearance but play a vital role in protecting your eyes and keeping them healthy. They also help keep your eyeballs moist by spreading tears each time you blink.

Healthy skin cells sometimes change and grow uncontrollably, forming masses called tumors. A tumor can be benign, meaning that it can grow but will not spread. A cancerous growth, on the other hand, can spread to other parts of the body, posing a risk to your health. Most skin cancers on the face and eyelids result from excessive sun exposure.

Here are the most common types of eyelid skin cancer:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma: This is the most common type of eyelid cancer. It usually progresses slowly and rarely spreads to other areas in the body.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma: This cancer is much less common than basal cell carcinoma, but it is more aggressive and can spread more easily to nearby tissues.
  • Sebaceous Carcinoma: This aggressive type of cancer develops in the oil glands, causing thick or inflamed eyelids.
  • Melanoma: Melanoma is the most serious and aggressive type of skin cancer. It starts in the scattered cells called melanocytes, which are found in the deepest layer of the epidermis. These cells produce melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its color.

It is critical to promptly treat any type of skin cancer, especially the fast-spreading melanomas and sebaceous gland carcinomas.

Eyelid Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment?

The recommended procedure to diagnose eyelid skin cancer is a biopsy. We will remove a sample of the tissue in question for examination under a microscope to determine whether cancer is present and evaluate its extent.

Treating eyelid skin cancer in its earliest stages prevents its spread and offers the best chance for successful outcomes. At times, a biopsy removes the entire tumor, meaning no further treatment is required. Melanoma and sebaceous gland carcinomas usually need a more aggressive treatment protocol to prevent the cancer from spreading.

In most cases, surgical removal of skin cancers is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. We usually refer you out for a technique known as Mohs surgery for the best results. This precise process involves removing a thin layer of tissue and examining it under a microscope. If cancer cells are present, another thin layer of tissue will be removed. The procedure is repeated until no more cancer cells are present. You then come back to Dr. Garcia for expert reconstruction either the same or next day.

Eyelid Reconstruction

After treating your eyelid skin cancer, Dr. Garcia will skillfully and artistically reconstruct your eyelid to restore its function, protect your eye, and preserve your vision. Her extensive training and experience as an oculoplastic surgeon allow her to perform the delicate, highly skilled techniques required to remove the cancer and reconstruct the eyelid while delivering the best possible function and aesthetics.

Eyelid Treatment in Gilbert, AZ

Contact Desert Eyesthetics to learn more about eyelid skin cancer diagnosis and repair. Dr. Garcia will work with you to create a fully customized treatment plan to restore your eyelid health, function, and natural appearance. With her extensive experience, skill, and expertise, you can trust that you are in capable hands! Call us and schedule your appointment today.