Removal of eyelid lesion

by | Nov 1, 2019

I don’t usually post this type of case, but thought this is something people should know about.⠀

This woman lived with a growing mole on her upper eyelid for more than 20 years, and was scared to have it removed. Six weeks after a five minute office procedure you can see that the prior lesion is barely detectable.⠀

Moles usually penetrate deep into the eyelid tissue. It often makes sense just to “shave” the lesion flush to the eyelid margin for improved an improved appearance with essentially no down time. The lesion will often grow back slowly over years and can always be treated again. ⠀

A complete excision is also possible, but requires sutures to put the eyelid back together as well as real down time. The advantage to this approach is that the lesion is usually gone for good. ⠀

Which approach to take depends on a number of factors and should be discussed with your surgeon prior to the procedure. ⠀

This patient opted for the shave approach and went back to her normal life with only a small scab on her eyelid for about a week. Patients almost always say that the procedure was much easier than they thought and that they should have had the lesion removed a long time ago.⠀

If you have a growing lesion on your eyelid, it should be examined by a professional to make sure it’s not a skin cancer. Did you know that 5-10% of all skin cancers are on the eyelids? Removing the lesion may be much less of a big deal than you think.⠀

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