Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Central Ohio
Eyelid skin cancer might rarely be life-threatening, but it can still have a significant impact on your life. Surgical methods tend to be the main method of removing eyelid cancer and preventing it from growing or spreading. However, removing a cancerous growth from the eyelids can change or remove key eyelid structures. In these cases, you will need a skilled surgeon who can provide lasting skin cancer reconstruction in Central Ohio.
What Is Eyelid Cancer?
Common skin cancers of the eyelids include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. In some cases, you can treat them early on with little damage to the eyelid area. However, waiting to receive a diagnosis and treatment can affect the outcome. In general, the sooner you treat any medical condition, including eyelid cancer, the better the results can be. Quick and professional treatment of eyelid cancer can reduce the risk it poses to your health and get your life back to normal.
How Can I Treat Eyelid Skin Cancer?
When these skin cancers occur around the eyelid area, it is considered standard of care to treat these by excising the area of cancer involvement. However, the eyelid area contains many delicate and specialized structures. So excision is typically performed by a Mohs surgeon. Such a surgeon is a special dermatologist who has received fellowship training in Mohs surgery to ensure complete clearance of the cancer while minimizing excision of uninvolved areas.
Choosing the right surgeon will be vital, as it gives you the best chance of restoring your eyelids. Dr. Kauh’s background and years of experience allow her to preserve both the cosmetic aspect and function of the eyelids during most reconstruction procedures.
Why Treat Eyelid Cancer?
When eyelid cancer first appears, it can seem like a tiny problem. But as with most problems, it can become larger the longer it is ignored. By treating eyelid cancer with a skilled surgeon, you can preserve both your health and appearance. You deserve the best. If you notice any of the below signs, it may be time to seek eyelid cancer treatment. Give us a call and get your exam scheduled today!
Signs of Eyelid Skin Cancer
- Noticeable changes in your eyelid skin’s appearance
- Swelling or thickening of the eyelid skin
- Recurring or chronic eyelid infections
- Broken skin on the eyelid that does not heal
- A noticeable colored mass on the eyelid that seems to be growing or spreading
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What Is Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Removing a cancerous growth can often affect the surrounding tissues and structures of the body. Accordingly, this is often the case with removing and treating eyelid skin cancer as well. But your surgeon at Columbus Eyelid can provide you with professional reconstruction to restore your eyelids to a natural look and feel.
Following excision of the cancer, reconstruction is typically performed by an oculoplastic surgeon as delicate structures such as the tear drainage system or the eyelid margin may need to be repaired. Because Dr. Kauh is an ophthalmologist with fellowship training in oculoplastics, she has an added level of expertise when it comes to complex eyelid and lacrimal issues. She will assess the defect and surrounding tissues to develop the best surgical plan for optimal functional outcome that is also balanced with cosmesis.
Recovering From Your Reconstruction Procedure
Since every patient will have slightly different changes from their eyelid cancer removal, each reconstruction is also unique. Dr. Kauh works closely with each patient to deliver a fully personalized reconstruction experience. She focuses on examining your eyelid structures from before the procedure and finding the optimal way to rebuild them using advanced surgical techniques.
While each recovery period will be slightly different, patients can expect to take about 1-2 weeks off from work for their initial healing period. Swelling and bruising tend to fade during this time, though swelling can take some time longer to fully subside. Perhaps most importantly, your postoperative instructions should be followed closely. Not only do these ensure a smooth recovery, but they help ensure your results are optimal so you can look your best. Dr. Kauh and her team are available to provide any additional information or advice that you may need while recovering from reconstruction.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Whether you need to treat eyelid cancer or want to learn more about reconstruction options, Columbus Eyelid is here to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and get started on building your personalized skin cancer reconstruction plan. Dr. Kauh works closely with each patient to provide professional, compassionate care and procedures that bring out your best. Call us or use our online form to get started on skin cancer reconstruction in Central Ohio and take back control over your health and appearance. We look forward to doing our part in helping you look and feel your best.