EYELID LESION REMOVAL
Benign eyelid lesions are very common, including cysts, skin tags, bumps, and styes (chalazions). At Hudson Face and Eye, we can treat you on the same day as your first visit. In some cases, however, a lesion may require an operating room procedure or more extensive treatment.
In the hands of our experienced surgeon, Dr. Kashyap, the lesions can be treated with little to no discomfort. In her Manhattan office, our oculofacial surgeon treats patients from all over the New York City metropolitan area, including Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Upstate New York, and Long Island.
WHY CHOOSE HUDSON FACE AND EYE?
Even a minor treatment such as cyst removal can be nerve-wracking. After all, it’s your eye!
Dr. Kashyap has had extensive training in eyelid lesion removal and has performed hundreds of these procedures to maintain vital eye health and improve appearance. She uses the latest techniques, helping patients benefit from the profession’s most advanced approaches to lesion treatment.
Our fellowship-trained Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon completed her residency and fellowship at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (NYEE). Dr. Kashyap is also a Clinical Instructor for the NYEE and Montefiore residents.
CAUSES OF EYELID LESIONS
Eyelid lesions are the result of cellular changes in the skin, muscle, or deeper tissues of the eyelid. A stye or chalazion, for example, is a bump that develops in the cartilaginous portion of the eyelid, caused by a blockage in the oil glands that sit behind the eyelashes and produce the oil layer in your our tears. See our same-day-stye page about specific treatment for this condition.
Cysts are also related to the sweat glands of the eyelid, while warts on the eyelid are caused by a virus. Lipid build-up in the skin and muscle can cause a yellow lesion called a Xanthelasma, which can correlate with hypercholesterolemia or hyperlipidemia.
The most common skin cancers that occur on the eyelids are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It is important to have any new eyelid bumps examined, as skin cancers can often masquerade as benign lesions.
CANDIDATES FOR EYELID LESION REMOVAL
During your initial consultation and thorough eye examination, our eye specialist will evaluate your eyelids and determine if the lesion is suspicious or if it is a benign lesion. Some benign lesions resolve with eyedrops or ointment, while others require excision.
EYELID LESION PROCEDURE
For most lesions, treatment is simple and painless. If the lesion is filled with fluid, drainage may be sufficient. Other types of lesions may need to be excised using small surgical tools. Since the majority of lesions are small, stitches are often not needed, and any scars will be small and not noticeable.
Lesions that involve the eyelashes or the margin of the eyelid may require a wedge resection, which is performed in an operating room with sedation and local anesthesia.
In this case, a small section of the eyelid that surrounds the lesion is removed, and the edges of the lesion are then sutured together.
If a lesion is particularly large, removal may require reconstruction to ensure a natural appearance, post-treatment. If this is necessary for you, the surgery is highly individualized. Dr. Kashyap will discuss the specifics of your case and what you can expect during and after surgery.
RECOVERING FROM EYELID LESION REMOVAL
For nearly all eyelid lesion removal, no downtime is required. You can return to normal daily activities the same day, and most patients do not feel the need to take over-the-counter pain medication. To reduce any post-procedure swelling or bruising, patients can take Arnica and Bromelain before and after the procedure.
Depending on the location of the lesion and the extent of excision, Dr. Kashyap may ask that you refrain from wearing eye makeup or contact lenses up to two weeks.
She may also recommend a cold or warm compress on the eyelid to assist in the healing process.
Only those patients who require surgery will need a follow-up visit. If you have any questions after your eyelid lesion removal, you are always welcome to call our office.