Skin and Eyelid Cancer
Skin and eyelid cancer is common in many races and ethnic groups, especially in Caucasians and in patients exposed to the sun. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of eyelid skin cancer. Other eyelid skin cancers include Squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and less commonly sebaceous cell carcinoma or Merkel cell carcinoma. Eyelid skin cancer frequently occurs on the lower eyelid, and usually starts as painless elevations or nodules, with some loss of eyelashes or distortion of the eyelid margin. Skin cancer may present as a lump or area of the eyelid or face that continues to ulcerate or bleed and distort the eyelid architecture. It is essential to have these lesions examined early on to avoid large excisions necessary to remove all the cancer cells. Frequent follow-up visits to your dermatologist are vital for monitoring.
What is the procedure for Mohs surgery and eyelid reconstruction?
The surgeon can remove the eyelid cancer and reconstruct the eyelid and restore function and cosmesis with various techniques including wedge resection, or advancement flaps or skin grafts. Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates often works with a MOHS cancer surgeon who will remove the eyelid cancer while Dr. Amato and Dr. Somogyi perform the reconstruction. Larger skin cancers may involve more than one surgery such as Hughes flap and Culter Beard techniques. It may or may not require assistance with a multispecialty team of oncologists, dermatologist, ENT surgeons or plastic surgeons. For more information, refer to www.eyelidcancer.com.
Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery Associates have extensive experience in the treatment of eyelid and orbital cancers.
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