Are you troubled by a lesion on your eyelid? If so, you may be concerned about its appearance and how it will affect your vision. Our oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Amy Kulak is highly skilled in removing eyelid lesions. She will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your lesion. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!
An eyelid lesion is an abnormal tissue change on the eyelid. A lesion can occur on the inner or outer surface of the eyelid. Lesions come in many different shapes, sizes, textures, and colors. Most lesions are benign (non-cancerous). However, since some lesions are cancerous, it is recommended to have a doctor assess the area.
There are various types of lesions, some of which include:
Seborrheic keratoses – These are itchy and uneven tan, brown, or black growths that appear on the eyelid.
Papilloma – This is a smooth, round growth that grows outward on the eyelid surface.
Hemangiomas – A bright red birthmark caused by a red blood cell buildup cluster. These bumps appear during infancy and fade over time.
Actinic keratosis – This is a rough, scaly patch on the skin that develops from years of sun exposure.
Xanthelasma – These are yellow patches of cholesterol that build up on the eyelid over time.
Eyelid lesions are typically removed for cosmetic reasons or because they cause some form of discomfort. The procedure for eyelid lesion removal depends upon the type of lesion and where it's located on your eyelid. It's recommended to utilize non-surgical treatment first to get rid of the lesion. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, Dr. Kulak will surgically remove the lesion using the latest surgical techniques and equipment.
Surgical removal of a lesion is a relatively simple procedure that is performed in the office under local anesthesia. An incision is made in the eyelid to remove the lesion. Depending on the incision, the wound will be left alone to heal or closed with sutures. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to perform. Dr. Kulak may also send the lesion in for a biopsy test after it’s removed.
You shouldn’t try to treat the lesion on your own. This could cause infection or could cause the lesion to spread (depending on the type of lesion).
Before surgery, you should discuss any medications you are taking or any allergies to medication you may have. You shouldn’t wear any makeup on the day of your surgery. While you’ll be able to legally drive, it’s a good idea to arrange for a driver as you may feel uncomfortable after the procedure.
After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and discomfort for a few days in the treated area, although it shouldn’t be excessive. You'll receive antibiotic ointments or eye drops to prevent infection. It’s essential to keep all follow-up appointments to ensure the healing process goes smoothly.
If you have an eyelid lesion that is causing you discomfort or affecting your appearance, don't hesitate to contact our office today for a consultation. With extensive experience in removing lesions from the eyelid, Dr. Amy Kulak will ensure that you are comfortable and pleased with the results. You don't have to suffer from uncomfortable or unsightly lesions any longer. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!