Eyelid Cancer Excision and Reconstruction may be necessary if you have developed a skin cancer on your eyelids. Unfortunately, these skin cancers are relatively common if you have had a lot of exposure to the sun.
There are four principal types of skin cancer:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Malignant melanoma
- Sebaceous cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common, and the last two types are relatively rare on the eyelids. The good news is that most skin cancers can be readily and successfully treated as long as they are caught early.
It is important to see a doctor right away if you suspect that you have skin cancer on your eyelids. Unusual new enlarging skin growths, with or without pigment are suspect. Crusting, bleeding or ulceration are big warning signs!
Skin cancers must be completely removed, preserving and restoring the delicate tissues of the eyelids. A subspecialist surgeon such as Dr. Holds and his associates specialize in preserving as much of your lid structure as possible while completely removing the cancerous tissue. Luckily, today’s surgeries work on the microscopic level to ensure that no more tissue is removed than absolutely necessary.
Reconstructive surgery helps to restore normal function and appearance to the lids after the skin cancer has been removed. If you have been diagnosed with eyelid skin cancer, you may be an excellent candidate for Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction in St. Louis to correct the condition and restore your health.
What is Involved in Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction?
The aim of Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction is to reconstruct the eyelid after ensuring the cancerous tissue has been excised. You may have already had your skin cancer removed by another surgeon, but you feel that you no longer look your best as a result. This is where Dr. Holds and his team at Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc. can come in.
The usual process in treating suspected eyelid cancer is to first obtain a biopsy to establish the diagnosis. This is generally done during an office visit. Once we have a diagnosis, a decision is made about how to treat the problem. We often work with a specialist dermatologist who performs a technique called Mohs excision to ensure complete excision of the skin cancer with a minimum amount of normal tissue excision.
In this situation, you visit the office of the Mohs surgeon on the day of surgery, and they complete removal of the cancer. You then come to our surgery center where we complete your reconstruction to be as aesthetic and functional as possible.
We sometimes perform the excision in our operating room, monitoring the margins to insure complete excision with a technique called a “frozen section.” In this case, we can proceed immediately to the reconstruction.
You may have undergone surgery elsewhere that left you with lids that turn outward or inward, or you may no longer have the ability to fully close your eyes. All of these issues and others can potentially be addressed with Eyelid Reconstruction.
We usually do not perform cosmetic surgery such as cosmetic blepharoplasty, midface lift, or laser skin resurfacing as part of the initial eyelid cancer reconstruction, but we often perform these procedures later for patients who wish it.
Each Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction is individual, but Dr. Holds and his team are committed to preserving your vision, making sure that your eyelids function properly, and improving the appearance of your eyes.
If you have already had skin cancer removed from your lids but want to improve function and appearance, or if you believe you have eyelid skin cancer, call our office right now at (314) 567-3567 to discuss how we can help you to restore your health and look your best.