Plastic Reconstructive Surgery of the Eyelids
Ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery is a subspecialty within the ophthalmology field that seeks to address the structures that immediately surround the eyes, including the eyelids, tear drainage apparatus, and orbit (eye socket).
Our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Beckstead, specializes in surgical correction of droopy eyelids, tear drainage abnormalities, periocular trauma, and has extensive experience in the surgical treatment of periocular cancers.
The most common conditions treated by an oculoplastic surgeon include droopy upper and lower eyelids, eyelid cancers, tear drainage abnormalities, trauma around the eyes, and medical diseases or growths manifest in the orbit. Other areas of interest to an oculoplastic surgeon include periocular
rejuvenation, which consists of newer medicines (Botox), synthetic materials (dermal fillers), and surgery to address aging changes.
There are several types of eyelid neoplasms, or growths of the skin of the eyelid. These neoplasms range in severity from benign to cancerous lesions.
Concerning neoplasms of the eyelids should be evaluated early to avoid progression of potential harmful lesions.
Risk factors for cancerous lesions of the eyelid include increasing age, sun exposure, previous cancers of the skin elsewhere on the body, and family history of skin cancer.
Initially, there are very few symptoms to new growths of the skin of the eyelids. Sometimes bumps can be painful and are caused by underlying localized inflammation. Other neoplasms are painless and can be either benign or cancerous. Concerning signs of cancer include ulceration or spontaneous bleeding, hair or eyelash loss around the lesion, abnormal coloration, and fine blood vessels that are integrated in the lesion.
The treatment for eyelid neoplasms depends on the features of the lesion. Smaller lesions without concerning features may be observed by your doctor with
scheduled follow up visits to ensure stability of the growth. Inflammatory growths of the eyelid can be treated successfully with prescribed medications. Other lesions that are bothersome or have concerning features may require biopsy or excision for definitive treatment.