Skin Cancer and Mohs Reconstruction
Skin cancer is a common malignancy occurring in the face and eyelids, most frequently on the lower eyelid. Often, cancer may appear as a painless nodule on the eyelid margin, but it can also be flat or even cratered. Some indications that a skin cancer may be present include distorted or missing eyelashes, bleeding, crusting, and notching of the eyelid margin, or general distortion of the eyelid.
There are a number of ways to treat these lesions. Typically, the first step would be seeing Dr. Price for a biopsy to obtain a definitive diagnosis. Once a tumor is determined to be malignant, then the lesion may be excised employing a microscopic technique called Mohs surgery. This method, performed by a dermatologists recommended by Dr. Price, removes the entire lesion, but leaves the cancer-free tissue behind, creating as little destruction of the tissue as possible. Then, if needed, a meticulous closure of the remaining defect is undertaken by Dr. Price, yielding an aesthetically pleasing reconstruction with the ultimate goal of restoring the natural appearance of the face and/or eyelid.