More than 50 known types of growths/tumors can affect the eyelid. The differences between benign and malignant tumors are often subtle. Because of the critical role the eyelid plays in protecting and maintaining the integrity of the eye, an accurate and early diagnosis is crucial to maintain proper eyelid function. In the case of certain malignancies, an early diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death.
Fortunately, most lesions of the eyelid are benign and with a careful examination of the eyelids by a skilled eyelid plastic surgeon one can frequently distinguish between benign and malignant tumors. However, some benign eyelid growths are so similar in appearance to malignant growths, a histologic examination is necessary to ensure an accurate diagnosis.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Scott can remove most small eyelid tumors in the minor procedure room in his Fairfax office. In the case of a benign tumor, surgical resection without sutures is frequently all that is needed. With more complicated growths or tumors, an outpatient surgical procedure may be necessary. Some of the more common benign lesions removed at our Fairfax office include seborrheic keratosis, actinic keratosis, epithelial inclusion cysts, nevi, chalazions (styes), hidrocystoma and xanthelasma.
Basal cell carcinomas account for more than 90% of malignant tumors affecting the eyelids. Additionally, squamous cell carcinoma, sebaceous gland carcinoma and malignant melanomas can affect the eyelid. An early and accurate diagnosis is critical to maintaining your ocular health and eyelid function. If a malignant tumor is suspected clinically, a portion of the tumor maybe removed to confirm the diagnosis.
Keep in mind that results vary according to the individual patient and the chosen procedure. Dr. Scott will explain all surgical procedures as any procedure, no matter how minor or major, has risks.
For more information regarding eyelid tumor surgery, please call us at 703-620-4300 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean and surrounding locations.