Eyelid Reconstruction After the Removal of Skin Cancer

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialized area of medicine focused on the eyelids and eye socket area. At KLM Eye MDs in the New

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialized area of medicine focused on the eyelids and eye socket area. At KLM Eye MDs in the New York City area, Dr. Elena Geller specializes in oculoplastic surgery for both cosmetic and functional purposes, especially for skin cancer removal and eyelid reconstruction.

Skin cancer of the eyelid

The eyelid is a common location for skin cancer to develop, especially among adults with fair skin ages 50-80. There are different kinds of skin cancer, but the one typically seen on the eyelid is basal cell carcinoma.

Basal cell carcinoma forms in the outermost layer of your skin and is typically due to sun damage. These types of cancer are usually painless and look like a growth on your eyelid. Sometimes, you can also have a notch in your eyelid or experience eyelash loss. 

Basal cell carcinomas rarely spread to other areas of your body and usually aren’t life-threatening, but they can grow large and become disfiguring without prompt treatment.

Treating eyelid skin cancer

If you have eyelid skin cancer, Dr. Geller will work closely with a specially trained dermatologist to remove your tumor using an advanced technique known as Mohs surgery. 

Mohs surgery is the least invasive and most successful treatment for basal cell carcinoma. This precise procedure involves removing a thin layer of tissue and analyzing it under a microscope for signs of cancer cells. If cancer cells are present, the process is repeated. When a layer is removed and analyzed and there are no more cancer cells, no more layers are taken. By using this approach, Dr. Geller can remove the tumor and leave as much tissue as possible.

After removing the cancer cells, Dr. Geller will perform eyelid reconstruction surgery for both cosmetic purposes and to restore as much eyelid function as possible.

Eyelid reconstruction 

Your eyelid plays a vital role in maintaining your eye health by covering and protecting your eye. It also helps keep your eyeball moist by spreading tears over the surface every time you blink.

During eyelid reconstruction surgery, Dr. Geller can use a variety of techniques to rebuild your eyelid and preserve or restore as much of its function as possible. That means your eyelid reconstruction can range in complexity from simply closing tissue with a few stitches to more extensive techniques involving skin grafts. 

Dr. Geller performs eyelid reconstruction surgery on an outpatient basis at the surgical facility of KLM Eye MDs. It’s normal to have bruising, swelling, and blurry vision for a few days after having eyelid reconstruction surgery. But, Dr. Geller will provide you with detailed instructions for at-home care so you can be as comfortable as possible.

To learn more about eyelid cancer and reconstruction surgery, book an appointment online or over the phone with KLM Eye MDs today.

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