May 19, 2014
David Morrow MD Guest Sun Protection Expert on KMIR
Several types of skin cancer can affect the eyelids. The most common are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
Eyelid cancers are usually slow growing, however because there is very little eyelid tissue to begin with, it is best to excise the lesion as soon as possible. This is often done in conjunction with a Mohs dermatologic surgeon who ensures that the entire tumor has been excised at a microscopic level.
The reconstruction can then be performed the same day or the next day. Morrow Institute Specialty Plastic Surgeons® have extensive experience in eyelid reconstruction, ranging from small closures to reconstruction of an entire eyelid, depending on the size of the defect after complete excision of the tumor.