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We are honored to have a board-certified ophthalmologist and ophthalmic plastic surgeon on staff who can properly diagnose and treat different types of eyelid lesions. Dr. Valerie H. Chen has extensive experience with these various types of (typically) benign lesions, including but not limited to:

  • Chalazion: A fluid-filled bump on the eyelid, caused by a clogged oil gland (meibomian gland) in the eyelid, near the lash line.
  • Seborrheic keratoses (SK): Itchy, uneven, tan/brown/black growths that appear stuck on the eyelid. These are common in older adults. Even so, many people wish to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
  • Papilloma: A smooth, round growth that grows outward on the surface of the eyelid. These can cause irritation and cause you to become self-conscious about your eyes.
  • Achrochordon (skin tag): Noncancerous flesh-colored growth that is connected to the skin surface by a thin stalk.
  • Mole (nevus): A collection of colored cells that can appear brown/tan/pink. This can be present at birth or it can develop over time. Moles are typically benign, but if you see the shape of the mole changing or if it becomes itchy or painful, it should be checked.
  • Hemangioma: A bright red birthmark caused by a clump of extra blood vessels. These bumps can appear during infancy and fade over time.
  • Xanthelasma: Yellow patches of cholesterol build-up on the eyelids. These may grow over time, so many people opt to have them removed.
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What Happens During Eyelid Lesion Removal?

The exact method of eyelid lesion removal depends on the type of lesion and where it is located on your eyelid. In most cases, non-surgical treatment will be recommended first. If that is unsuccessful, Dr. Chen will surgically remove the lesion and may send it off for a biopsy to rule out any type of cancer. Treatment may include:

  • Surgical removal
  • Drainage procedure
  • Corticosteriod medications

If surgery is recommended, your eyelid will be numbed to make the procedure more comfortable. You may also be given a relaxation medication, although this is generally not needed. Lesion removal procedures are performed right in our office, and you will return home after the procedure.

Preparing for Eyelid Lesion Removal

Do not attempt to treat the lesion on your own. This could lead to an eye infection or cause your condition to spread (for certain types of lesions).

Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:

  • Do not wear makeup on the day of your procedure.
  • You will be legal to drive, but if you feel you may be uncomfortable please arrange for a driver.

You will be provided detailed pre-operative instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.

Recovery from Eyelid Lesion Removal

You may experience some soreness in the treated area for several days after the procedure. Continue using the antibiotic ointments and/or eye drops, as direct bu Dr. Chen, to prevent infection. Using cold compresses on the treated area can also help reduce discomfort. Typically, you will be prescribed an ointment that you will use the week following the procedure. Ointment may get in your eye, it will not cause any damage but can blur your vision due to its thick consistency.

Dr. Chen and her team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions in writing.

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Results from Eyelid Lesion Removal

Eyelid lesion removal can help restore self-confidence and even improve your field of vision if the lesion is interfering with your sight. Having your lesion biopsied can also set your mind at ease.

Find out your options for lesion removal.

If you have developed a growth on your eyelid and wish to have it evaluated and/or removed, call 704-540-9595 or complete the short form below.

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