Skin Cancer on The Eyelids
Illuminate The Path to Healing.
What it is
Eyelid skin cancers predominantly occur on the lower eyelid, although they can also manifest on the corners of the eye, eyebrow skin, or eyelid margins. These nodules are typically painless and raised, often resulting from prolonged exposure to sunlight. One may observe various symptoms such as missing eyelashes, skin ulcers, bleeding, crusting, and potential distortion of the natural skin structure.
When it comes to skin cancer, there are several types. The most prevalent ones are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. While these types tend to grow locally without spreading to other parts of the body, they can still impact neighboring structures. Detecting them early can minimize the need for extensive tissue removal and help reduce potential scarring. On the other hand, sebaceous gland carcinoma and malignant melanoma are rarer forms of skin cancer. These can metastasize to other areas of the body, emphasizing the importance of prompt and aggressive treatment due to their potential for early spreading.
How it works
At Linder MD, we understand the importance of providing you with informative, professional, and empathetic guidance when it comes to excisions of skin cancer around the eyes. Depending on the location and size of the growth, these procedures may be performed in the office or an outpatient facility.
For cases where the growth is close to the lid margin or larger in size, we typically recommend performing the excision in an outpatient facility. This allows for instant evaluation of the margins by the pathologist, ensuring that the cancer has been completely excised.
By following this approach, we prioritize your well-being and ensure thorough medical care. Our dedicated team will guide you through the process, offering clear explanations and support every step of the way.
Skin Cancer on The Eyelids
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I protect my eyelids from skin cancer?
To prevent skin cancer on the eyelids, it is essential to practice sun safety measures. Wear protective eyewear and wide-brimmed hats, use sunscreen with a high SPF, seek shade during peak sun hours, and avoid tanning beds. Regularly monitor your skin for any changes and visit a dermatologist for routine check-ups.
What are the main causes of skin cancer on the eyelids?
Excessive exposure to sunlight is a primary cause of skin cancer on the eyelids. UV radiation from the sun can damage the skin cells, leading to the development of cancerous growths.
Can I drive myself home after surgery?
No. Regardless of the procedure, Dr. Linder and the surgical facility will only release patients to a friend, relative or other designated driver. This person is required to drive you to surgery, wait for you in the waiting room and then drive you home. Even if you feel well enough to drive, it’s important to take precautions, especially during the first few days after your surgery.
What can I expect during recovery and healing?
Recovery periods for eyelid surgeries can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. However, most patients are back to their normal activities within one week.
Side effects can vary from patient to patient. Most patients experience mild to moderate swelling for three to four days following their procedure and may be bruised for up to two weeks. Redness and bruising at the incision site are also common, as is short term blurred vision, watery eyes, light sensitivity or dryness. Patients can use cold compresses and keep their head elevated after surgery to help alleviate some of the bruising and swelling. Dr. Linder provides additional post-op instructions prior to surgery.
Sutures are removed one week after your surgery and Dr. Linder usually likes to see you again one month after surgery. Additional visits may be scheduled as needed.
Is there anything I should do prior to surgery?
On the day of your surgery, you must do two important things. 1.) Do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery, and 2.) Arrange transportation to and from your surgery. Your transportation must be with you at check-in, wait for you in the waiting room during your procedure, then drive you home.
Five to seven days prior to surgery you need to stop taking any aspirin products and blood thinners. If you are not on a prescription blood thinner you just make sure you don't take any products with aspirin in them. (Aspirin, Alleve, Ibuprofen, BC Powder, Fish Oil, etc. Tylenol/acetaminophen products are OK.)
If you are on prescription blood thinners, you will need a cardio clearance from the doctor who prescribes them stating that they approve you to quit the medicine five days prior to surgery or however many days they feel you are safe to be off of the medicine. Our office helps you with this. Make sure to let us know which blood thinner you take and what doctor prescribes them.