Reconstructive eyelid surgery is a very complex and delicate procedure that is necessary in a variety of circumstances, such as cases of orbital trauma or skin cancer affecting the eye area. Due to the nature of this procedure, it is important to visit an experienced eye specialist who can determine if reconstructive eyelid surgery is right for you.
The surgeons at La Peer Health Systems’ Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence are highly trained in oculoplastic surgery and specialize in reconstruction of the delicate orbital area. Contact us at (888) 559-4341 to find out if you need reconstructive eyelid surgery.
About Mohs Eyelid Reconstruction
When performing any type of eyelid reconstruction, our primary goals are to preserve vision, prevent blindness, and maintain eyelid function. Traditionally, the removal of eyelid cancer destroys surrounding tissues, and patients often require skin grafts to achieve a natural look. Skin grafts are flaps or tissues or skin from other parts of the eyelid, face, or body that are reattached where the skin is damaged or missing.
However, Mohs eyelid reconstruction is a procedure that is specifically designed to spare as much of the surrounding healthy tissue as possible for eyelid cancer patients. Performed at the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence, Mohs surgery is currently the most popular and effective procedure for eyelid reconstruction post-cancer. Mohs eyelid reconstruction is a procedure that was developed specifically to remove a cancerous skin lesion, using visualization under microscope to carefully remove the cancerous lesion, layer by layer, until all margins are free of any cancerous tissue. After Mohs reconstruction, patients are often left with enough eyelid tissue to avoid a skin graft.
Because eyelid reconstruction deals with the complex orbital area and surrounding structures of the face, it is very important for your oculoplastic surgeon to have experience in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery. At the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence, our surgeons are board certified in both eyelid and facial surgery, and we try to use the most advanced technology in our procedures -including minimally invasive techniques like Mohs surgery – to provide quicker recovery times and more natural outcomes after reconstructive surgery.
Who Needs Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery?
Reconstructive eyelid surgery might be needed because of trauma to the eye area or after the removal of an ocular tumor or small growth. In cases in which skin cancer has resulted in the loss of too much eyelid tissue, reconstructive eyelid surgery is often the best option.
Common Types of Eyelid Cancers
- Basal cell carcinoma: Most malignant eyelid tumors are basal cell carcinoma. This form of cancer usually appears as a small, firm, and raised nodule with an ulcerated center and fine blood vessels. Although these tumors do not metastasize to lymph nodes or distant organs, they can cause extensive local destruction – especially in the eye area – and possibly impair your vision.
- Squamous cell carcinoma: Less common but more aggressive than basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma can metastasize lymph nodes and even produce systemic metastatic cancer. Treatment for this type of cancer includes complete removal and sometimes radiation therapy.
- Malignant melanoma: Commonly referred to as skin cancer, melanoma is a relatively rare cancer of the eyelid, and yet it requires serious action to treat. After determining tumor thickness, complete surgical removal is usually the recommended treatment.
- Sebaceous cell carcinoma: Produced from the meibomian glands, this is a rare type of cancer involving the eyelids’ oil glands.
Schedule Mohs Eyelid Reconstruction in Beverly Hills
La Peer Health Systems’ Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence specializes in reconstruction of the delicate orbital area – including eyelid surgery, socket reconstruction, and eyelid retraction. Our Beverly Hills surgeons are highly trained and board certified in oculoplastic surgery, which deals especially with the mid-face bones, muscle, and surrounding tissues.
If you believe you need reconstructive eyelid surgery, contact the Orbital Surgery Center of Excellence today at (888) 559-4341.