Eyelid Lesions: All Kinds of Discomfort

Have you ever rubbed your eye and experienced a sore, unnatural feeling in one area? After looking in a mirror, you may brush off the discomfort and wait for it to dissipate on its own. Occasionally, irritation can come and go. Unfortunately, at other times these growths can turn out to be eyelid lesions that require the attention of a specialist such as board-certified ophthalmologist Michael Neimkin, M.D. at the Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Atlanta, GA. The lesions may ultimately require eyelid lesion removal surgery.

Eyelid lesions are abnormal cell changes that form as lumps and bumps on or around the eyelid. Eyelid lesions, which cause redness, roughness, and swelling, are common and mostly benign, or non-cancerous, tumors that form as white, brown or black pigmented masses in a wide range of shapes and sizes. It is important to monitor the lesion’s growth of as it could be an indicator of a more serious malignant, or cancerous, tumor such as a basal cell carcinoma, a variety of skin cancer caused by ultraviolet light exposure.

Accurate diagnosis is based on history and clinical examination. When in doubt, Dr. Neimkin will perform a biopsy on any suspicious lesion. A biopsy microscopically examines an abnormal cell mass to determine if the tumor/lesion is benign or malignant.

Once the state is determined, proper treatment is recommended. Larger tumors can be excised from the eyelid and reconstructed using grafts. Depending on the type of malignant tumor present, aggressive treatment such as MOHS microscopic removal, chemotherapy or radiotherapy will be used after the eyelid lesion removal surgery to eradicate cancer and prevent future spreading.

Eyelid lesion removal surgery is frequently performed under local anesthetic. During the surgery, Dr. Neimkin will employ magnification in the form of surgical loops worn on spectacles, in order to place fine stitches which are almost invisible.

Each patient is unique; therefore, results will vary.

There is no need to remain concerned about an eyelid lesion. Take the first step by completing our contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Neimkin. At the Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center we take pride in only offering patients the highest level of care in a family-like environment. Our office serves patients in the metro Atlanta area including the surrounding communities of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Roswell.

We look forward to helping you soon.