Skin cancer is not uncommon in the eyelid areas. It is important to stay diligent about any new skin growths. In order to treat eyelid cancer, growths will need to be excised, and the surrounding eyelid area reconstructed to maintain eyelid function and aesthetics. 

Symptoms of Eyelid Cancer

Cancer of the eyelids and the surrounding areas are not uncommon. Most common malignant tumors include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Tumors may present as eyelid nodules or bumps, pigmented growths, loss of eyelashes, or asymmetric eyelid appearance. Not infrequently, tumors are misdiagnosed as persistent styes or chalazia. Timely diagnosis and correct treatment are crucial for the best long-term outcome as the eyelids are crucial in facial aesthetics and are critical for the health of the eye and vision.

How to Diagnose Eyelid Cancer

If a suspicious growth is present, an in-office biopsy is often done to establish the diagnosis, as malignant lesions may mimic benign ones and vice versa.

When necessary, Dr. Levin collaborates with experienced local dermatologists to ensure the best possible results are achieved.

How to Treat Eyelid Cancer

Complete excision is necessary to ensure the lowest chance of recurrence. Reconstruction of the defect following tumor excision can be straightforward or highly challenging. The importance of specialized training in this area cannot be understated, as a poor result can affect not only appearance but also cause pain, discomfort, infection, and vision loss.

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About Dr. Flora Levin

Dr. Flora Levin has performed thousands of eyelid surgeries. As an oculofacial plastic surgeon, she has a deep understanding of the eyes and is an expert in creating refined results. She graduated from the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City and completed her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. While there, she was elected as Chief Resident. Dr. Levin then completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Columbia University, followed by a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive & orbital surgery at New York Eye & Ear Infirmary.

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Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction

After the eyelid cancer has been excised from the area, reconstruction surgery is almost always required. The type and extent of the surgery required will vary based on your unique situation. There are different techniques available to help reconstruct the eyelid area, and during your consultation with Dr. Levin, she can discuss the options available to you. The ultimate outcome of the procedure will be to help shape the area to closely resemble what it looked like before cancer while protecting your vision and maintaining proper function.

Eyelid Cancer Reconstruction Recovery

After your surgery, there will be some recovery. The amount of time you will have to stay home and recovery will vary depending on the extent of your procedure. It is not uncommon for some scarring after the surgery, but Dr. Levin will take all necessary steps to conceal any scars. There may be some swelling and bruising after surgery, and full results will be visible after six months.

Your Consultation With Dr. Flora Levin

Dr. Flora Levin proudly provides Westport, Norwalk, Fairfield, CT, and surrounding areas with advanced procedures to help eyelid cancer & reconstruction. While the office does not accept insurance, we will give you the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance plan. Dr. Levin is a board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon who specializes in creating natural-looking results. During your consultation with Dr. Levin, she will be able to answer any questions you may have about the procedure, recovery, or treatment options. She will then develop a surgical plan designed to meet your needs. Contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Flora Levin.

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