Our doctor can treat a variety of tumors and cancers occurring in the eyelid and around the orbital area. Depending on the nature of your condition, treatment options may include radiation therapy or surgical excision. In some cases, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair your eyelid.
Benign Eyelid and Facial Skin Lesions
Benign (noncancerous) eyelid and facial skin lesions include cysts, inflammatory lesions, vascular lesions, epithelial lesions, pre-malignant lesions and viral lesions present with a variety of symptoms and severity. These conditions typically occur on the lower lid or the adjacent face. Any new or changing sores that don’t heal should be evaluated, in some cases with a biopsy to confirm their benign status.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment of Benign Eyelid and Facial Skin Lesions?
Cysts are easy to treat, with a variety of options. Treatments for inflammatory lesions, which include stye and parasitic infection, range from hot compresses to medications to surgical drainage. Vascular lesions, which can appear to be eye tumors, require immediate intervention to prevent deterioration of vision. Treatments for epithelial lesions range from continued observation to medication to surgical removal. Many eyelid lesions may become cancerous; a biopsy is often recommended to diagnose these premalignant lesions. Some viral lesions are treated with cryotherapy (freezing); herpes is treated with antiviral agents.
These treatments are usually performed on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgery center or in our office. Our specialists will thoroughly diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan that works best for your eyes and your lifestyle.
Malignant Eyelid and Facial Skin Lesions
Malignant (cancerous) eyelid and facial skin lesions include carcinomas and melanomas. Basal cell carcinoma, the most common eyelid malignancy, is small and local and appears on the inner side of the eyelid. Less common squamous cell carcinoma is red and scaly with an ulcer in the center. Sebaceous carcinoma, more typical in elderly people, appears as a painless round, firm tumor on the upper or lower eyelid. Melanomas, which are rare, present as a change in an existing mole or a new pigmented growth on the skin.
Because of the potential for spreading to other parts of the body, a biopsy is recommended for a growth that increases in size; a mole or birthmark that changes in size, thickness or texture; a pigmented lesion larger than 6 mm that appears after age 20; and a sore that doesn’t heal.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment of Malignant Eyelid or Facial Skin Lesions?
Basal cell carcinoma is localized, while squamous cell carcinoma, sebaceous carcinoma and melanomas can spread to the lymph nodes and other organs. These malignant eyelid and facial skin lesions are typically removed surgically; some require follow-up treatment. These procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis in an ambulatory surgery center or in our office. In some cases, reconstructive surgery may be necessary to repair your eyelid. Our specialists will thoroughly diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan that works best for your eyes and your lifestyle.
When you choose to treat your eyelid or facial skin lesion, you’ll benefit from the expertise of Dr. Richard Roth, one of the finest surgeons in the Northeastern Pennsylvania area. Dr. Roth is a dual board-certified oculoplastic surgeon (cosmetic, corrective and reconstructive surgery of the eye). Advanced specialized training in both ophthalmology and plastic reconstructive surgery has enabled him to combine his keen artistic eye with the meticulous, detailed microsurgery techniques of ophthalmology. This combination will provide you with the exceptional results you desire.