Removal of eyelid
And facial lesions

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When should eyelid and facial lesions be removed?

Eyelid and facial lesions (lumps & bumps) are very common and the vast majority are benign (i.e. not cancerous). Nevertheless, if a lesion begins to enlarge, change color, bleed, or cause symptoms, then you should consult your physician to have it examined. Eyelid and facial lesions are commonly removed if they are cosmetically bothersome or have features suspicious for a cancerous growth.

Which types of benign lesions can present on the eyelids and face?

The eyelids are made up of skin, muscle, cartilage, mucous membrane, hair follicles, and several oil and sweat-producing glands. Any of these structures can give rise to an abnormal lesion such as a stye (chalazion) or blocked sweat gland (hidrocystoma). Similarly, the mucous membranes of the lips and the skin of the forehead, nose, or the rest of the face can develop a variety of benign lesions including papillomas, cysts, nevi (moles), keratoses, and milia.

When should I be concerned about a possible cancerous growth on the eyelids or face?

If a new lesion develops or an old lesion starts to rapidly grow, bleed, ulcerate, or change color and shape, this may be a sign of cancer. In the eyelids, cancer can also cause eyelashes to fall out near the lesion and the eyelid margin contour can change. It is very important to see your physician immediately if you notice any of these changes.  

How are lesions safely removed from the eyelids or face?

Removal of these lesions is typically done using local anesthesia without sedation. The procedure usually takes 15-30 minutes and protective eye shields are worn if the lesion is close to the eyes. Some lesions can be shaved off, while others are treated with laser therapy or electrocautery. If a larger or deeper lesion is surgically excised, suture closure, local flap or skin graft reconstruction is performed.

How long is the recovery period?

There is bruising, swelling, and redness around the surgical site for the first 3-5 days. When eyelid lesions are removed, the swelling can last for 2-3 weeks and the eyes can feel dry or blurry during this time. Depending on the type, size, location, and the number of lesions removed, recovery can take anywhere from a few days to several months.  

Does OHIP/insurance cover the costs for lesion removal?

OHIP covers surgical removal of pre-cancerous or cancerous lesions but does not cover lesions that are removed for cosmesis. Some insurance plans do partially cover the costs for lesion removal.

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