Eyelid Lesions & Skin Cancer

Visit our Before & After Photo Gallery

There are several types of skin cancers that can appear on and around the eyelids: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and sebaceous gland carcinoma. A biopsy is usually required to confirm the diagnosis of skin cancer.

Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancer

Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are the most common types that appear around the eyes. Either may appear as a painless nodule, or a crusting sore that won’t heal. They tend to enlarge locally and rarely spread to other parts of the body. Left untreated, however, they will continue to grow and invade surrounding structures. Early surgical treatment to remove them completely while maintaining a minimally invasive technique is optimal.

What is Melanoma?

Melanoma is a less common but more serious form of cancer. It may present itself as a mole that bleeds, suddenly becomes tender or changes in size and shape. Sebaceous gland carcinoma is also a more serious form of skin cancer that forms in the oil glands beneath the skin’s surface. It may appear as a thickening of the eyelid or persistent eyelid inflammation. Both Melanomas and sebaceous gland carcinomas can spread to other parts of the body, and a more aggressive treatment plan may be necessary to reduce the risk of early spread.

Skin cancer Causes

According to the American Cancer Association, skin cancer in America is considered a growing epidemic. Excessive sun exposure is the single most important factor associated with skin cancers of the face, eyelids and arms. Other risk factors include having fair or light skin, a family history of skin cancer, a personal history of skin cancer, smoking, exposure to certain chemicals and older age. Men are two-times more likely to have basal cell carcinomas than women, and three-times more likely to have squamous cell carcinomas.

Prevention

Consistent application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays, Vitamin D supplementation and a high intake of foods loaded with antioxidants have all been shown to prevent and protect against skin cancer.


SKIN CANCER Treatment

Surgical treatment is the most effective treatment for skin cancers around the eyes. The surgical plan follows two principles: complete removal and reconstruction if necessary. Most often, this surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, requiring a local anesthesia with or without sedation.

Risks and Complications

Recurrence is rare but may occur even after complete excision of a skin cancer. In these cases, additional surgery is usually the best option. Bleeding and infection are always a potential risk of surgery, but are very uncommon.

Functional and Reconstructive

Functional & Reconstructive

    Have A Question? Ask Us

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Our Reviews

    Read Our Reviews


    Financing

    Care Credit

    Visit One Of Our 10 Locations


    • Southfield
      248-357-5100
      29201 Telegraph Rd
      Suite 324
      Southfield, MI 48034

      Directions


    • St. Clair Shores
      586-447-5570
      21000 Twelve Mile Road
      Suite 108
      St. Clair Shores, MI 48081

      Directions


    • Rochester Hills
      248-852-8931
      75 Barclay Circle
      Suite 105
      Rochester Hills, MI 48307

      Directions


    • Dearborn
      313-562-5034
      19853 W. Outer Drive
      Suite 102
      Dearborn, MI 48124

      Directions


    • Troy
      248-457-0596
      2401 W Big Beaver Rd
      Suite 101
      Troy, MI 48084

      Directions


    • Flint
      810-733-3556
      2353 S. Linden Road
      Suite C
      Flint, MI 48532

      Directions


    • Novi
      248-344-7888
      26850 Providence Parkway
      Suite 420
      Novi, MI 48374

      Directions


    • Southgate
      734-258-7400
      15356 Trenton Road

      Directions


    • Livonia
      734-655-0672
      36650 5 Mile Rd
      Livonia, MI 48154

      Directions


    • Ann Arbor
      248-357-5100
      2350 E Stadium Blvd
      Suite 10
      Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104

      Directions