EYELID SKIN CANCER AND RECONSTRUCTION (MOHS REPAIR)
Skin cancers and benign tumors often occur on the eyelids. 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 because skin cancers can often masquerade as benign lesions.
Because of the thin skin of the eyelid and its complicated anatomy, oculofacial plastic surgeons are the most trusted physicians for removing cancers and benign tumors of the eyelids, as well as reconstructing the remaining tissue.
Cysts, skin tags, bumps, chalazions (stys) and other benign lesions of the eyelids can be removed or drained in-office at Hudson Face and Eye under local anesthesia. There is usually no downtime after these procedures.
Mohs surgeons are qualified to remove eyelid tumors, and Dr. Kashyap works with the Mohs surgeons to provide aesthetic reconstruction after removal of the cancerous tissue. There are various methods used by oculoplastic surgeons to reconstruct eyelids after Mohs surgery leaves a visible defect. Treatment depends on the size and location of the defect. Those that are small may be closed simply, but large defects may involve complex reconstructions and require tissue grafts.
Recovery from EYELID RECONSTRUCTION
Most patients only experience mild discomfort after Mohs repair and can resume normal daily activities within a week of surgery. Tylenol is recommended to ease the discomfort, which should subside within a few days. Arnica and Bromelain are recommended to take prior as well as after surgery to minimize the bruising and swelling of the face.
Minor swelling and bruising generally resolve within one to two weeks of surgery. Cold compresses can help you through the healing period, and we may prescribe antibiotic ointment and/or eye drops.
Dr. Kashyap will see you for follow-up visits and will remove your sutures seven to 10 days after your procedure. Please avoid heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for two weeks.
Our eye specialist will let you know when it is safe to resume wearing eye makeup and contact lenses, usually within one to two weeks.
If you experience dry eye after surgery, we recommend artificial tears to keep your eyes lubricated.