13 Jun Treating and Recovering from Eyelid Cancer
Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, and basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer found on the eyelid. When you’re facing eyelid skin cancer, you deserve a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon and an eye specialist who attended the top medical programs in the country, and that is exactly what patients get at Oasis Eye Face and Skin. Skin cancer on the eyelid poses special challenges given the proximity to the eyes and the delicate, thin skin of the eyelid. However, you are in good hands with eye surgeon Dr. Schiedler.
Eyelid health, function, and aesthetics can be restored when you choose the best oculofacial surgeon in Southern Oregon. Multiple risk factors can lead to the development of eyelid skin cancer, including sunburns (especially as a child), radiation treatment, family history, smoking, and UV exposure. Studies have also shown that people tend to use sunscreen inadequately on the eyelids or around the eyes, so even the most diligent of sunscreen users might be unknowingly exposing their eyelids to dangerous UV rays.
Fortunately, the vast majority of eyelid skin cancer does not metastasize. The most common type of skin cancer found on the eyelid is basal cell carcinoma, which makes up 90 percent of all types of diagnosed skin cancer. This type of cancer grows slowly, but depending on the size and exact location, it can become an irritant, harm nearby tissue, interfere with tear duct function, or ruin eyelashes.
The first step in treating eyelid skin cancer is to diagnose it. Dr. Schiedler begins with a biopsy, and often uses Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is an in-patient procedure requiring just one appointment, and it slowly removes the cancerous area until all borders are “clear.” This helps to minimize scarring and sets the foundation for a fully reconstructed site.
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Just like any form of cancer, the earlier you receive a diagnosis and treatment, the easier and quicker the recovery. It is critical to trust only the best oculofacial cosmetic surgeon when treating eyelid skin cancer in order to achieve the best remission results and fully restore the aesthetics and function of the eyelid. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Schiedler at Oasis Eye Face and Skin today by calling (541) 708-6393.