Skin cancer is a common form of cancer that can occur due to exposure to harmful UV radiation, among other factors. However, many people may not be aware that eyelids are no exception to the risk of skin cancer, and need as much care and protection as other exposed areas of the body. Dr. Jennifer Hui is an experienced oculoplastic surgeon providing state of the art procedures for the eyelids.
In addition to cosmetic surgery for the eyes, Dr. Hui also provides surgical solutions for a range of other eyelid conditions. She receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and surrounding communities. During the consultation process, Dr. Hui will inform and educate her patients about eye care and sun protection for the eyelids.
Eyelid Skin Cancers
Eyelids are among the most sensitive and delicate tissues in the body, and may be prone to developing small growths. These lesions are usually benign, but some of the growths may pose an element of concern. The surgeon will evaluate whether eyelid surgery may be an advisable option to remove such growths. Apart from the development of growths, other significant changes may include an altered architecture of the eyelid margin or loss of eyelashes.
Irregularity or ulceration of the eyelid margin surface may occur due to skin cancers. It may manifest as a minor non-healing area, or an area that crusts and bleeds periodically. Some patients may experience lesions that recur following excision, cryotherapy or other treatments. Dr. Hui is a dedicated eye surgeon providing eyelid treatment procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby locations.
Exposed skin should be protected against direct sun with a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. An SPF of at least 30 is recommended, and the sunscreen should be applied about thirty minutes before the beginning of exposure so that it has time to get absorbed. All the exposed areas of the body, including the ears, nose, back of the hands, top of scalp, neck, and soles of feet should be protected with sunscreen.
Reapplication is also important, which should be done every two to three hours in case of prolonged sun exposure. Eyelids should be protected with sunglasses that are designed to block both UVA and UVB rays, and are large enough to adequately cover the eyes and the periocular areas. Sunglasses and appropriate use of hats can also help in slowing down the progression of cataracts in the eyes. People with a family history of macular degeneration should be more cautious about protecting the eyes against sun exposure.
Eyelid Surgery for Cancer
Timely diagnosis and treatment are crucial to addressing malignancies of the eyelid. A skilled oculoplastic surgeon will be able to remove the tumor while maintaining as much normal tissue as possible.
Once the cancer is surgically removed, it is important to reconstruct the eyelid appropriately in order to restore optimal eyelid function and appearance. Areas of concern in the eyelid area should be evaluated by an oculoplastic surgeon who is trained to diagnose and treat abnormalities related to the eye region.