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Eyelid Skin Cancer

Treating Eyelid Skin Cancer

Dr. Abedi is commonly sought out to consult with patients in regards to eyelid skin cancer. The doctor provides specialized care and works with a high level of precision to remove eyelid skin cancer and complete eyelid reconstruction after the cancer has been removed. She has received years of training in reconstructive practices and advanced healing techniques. Dr. Abedi has preformed thousands of reconstructive eyelid surgeries many involving skin cancer.

Common Eyelid Skin Cancers

There are three most common eyelid skin cancers; basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and sebaceous cell carcinoma. Melanoma can also occur but is not as common as basal cell carcinoma and the others. Fair skinned patients that often live with prolonged sun exposure most commonly have basal cell carcinoma. Even if you are not fair skinned it’s imperative to have any new bumps or moles around your body, face, and eyelids evaluated by a dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Mohs Surgery and Reconstruction

Dermatologists use a microscopically controlled surgery called Mohs surgery to treat the most common types of skin cancer. Mohs surgery has a very high cure rate up to higher than 95% in the case of basal cell carcinoma. Mohs is one of the many methods to obtain complete margin control during the removal of skin cancer using frozen histology. Once your dermatologist has preformed Mohs surgery Dr. Abedi will begin the eyelid reconstruction in which there are also various methods. The Doctor’s decision varies based on several factors, starting with; the age of the patients and laxity of the eyelid tissue, amount of tissue missing after removal of the cancer, and location of the defect whether it be the upper, lower, medial, or lateral lid, and if it involves the tear duct system at all.

Once Doctor Abedi has evaluated these factors reconstruction can be preformed by using a large array of techniques to help fill in the missing area(s) of skin. The Doctor strides in using minimally invasive technologies and techniques to allow for optimal recovery and minimizing local traumas to the surrounding unaffected tissue. Dr. Abedi’s solid experience in reconstructive surgery allows her to use several advanced techniques such as local advancement of tissue to fill in the defect, local skin and muscle flaps, lid tightening techniques, and sometimes skin grafts.

The actual reconstructive surgery can be preformed in-office while under local anesthesia or in an operating room, largely dependent on the size of the lesion and amount of tissue loss. Most larger defects and defects that involve the tear duct system usually require sedation in an operating room. The Doctor and her staff will discuss your options after completing an compressive examination.

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