She spent a lot of time with me
”Dr. Kauh is wonderful! She spent a lot of time with me, explaining things, and she did an excellent job on the biopsy. I especially appreciated that she was wonderful at putting in the numbing shots so near to my eye with hardly any pain at all!”
Eyelid lesions are more commonly benign entities, however, careful examination and history taking is necessary as eyelid lesions may also be malignant. Whenever a lesion appears suspicious it should undergo biopsy.
It is important to understand the anatomy of the eyelid to avoid unnecessary scar or damage to it’s structures.
As an oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Kauh has expertise in the anatomy of the eyelid and she is well trained in the recognition of benign vs. malignant eyelid lesions.
How long does it take to heal a lesion biopsy?
Patient healing is variable with some individuals healing much quicker than others. Healing time will also vary depending on the size of the lesion and extent of incision required to remove or biopsy it.
How long will I be bruised and swollen following my surgery?
The amount of swelling and bruising varies from patient to patient and even from the left and right sides in the same patient. Mild bruising may resolve after a few days, whereas more significant bruising may last 1-2 weeks.
When can I wear make-up, wash my hair, or shower following my surgery?
Make-up should be avoided near incision sites until they have completely closed. Once scabbing and crusting has resolved then make-up may be applied to the area.
When can I return to exercising after surgery?
On the day of the minor eyelid lesion excision or biopsy, it is recommended to refrain from significant physical activity. Typically, patient’s may resume normal physical activity by the next day unless Dr. Kauh advises you otherwise, based on the extent of the procedure.
Will I have stitches following surgery? When will they be removed?
Minor office procedures do not typically require stitches (sutures). Absorbable sutures are typically used in incisional procedures of the eyelids. These sutures will dissolve in the skin over 1-2 weeks. The exposed parts of the sutures will flake off after a few weeks but may take longer. Non-absorbable sutures are more commonly used to close wounds of the cheeks and forehead. These sutures are removed in the office 5-10 days after surgery.
What type of anesthesia is used during surgery?
Minor office procedures are performed with local anesthesia which may include eye drops and small injections under the skin in the area requiring surgery.