Eyelid and Facial Skin Cancers
Skin cancer occurs commonly around the eye and periocular region. If the cancer is not removed in a timely fashion, there may be serious consequences. The goal is to use the greatest accuracy in removing the cancer, reconstruct the eyelids to support and protect the eyeball, and leave the patient with the best cosmetic result possible. The doctors usually coordinate removal of the tumor with a Mohs surgeon colleague (see below), then perform reconstructive surgery promptly. Defects around the eye are closed with specialized reconstructive techniques including direct layered closure, skin grafts, and local skin-muscle flaps.