Skin Cancer of the Eye and Face

Skin cancer is found among all races and ethnic groups, but is more common in lighter-skinned people. It is frequently seen in sunny climates throughout the southern U.S. including Texas and surrounding states.

Skin Cancer of the Eye and Face - Reconstructive Surgery - TOC Eye and Face

Eyelid skin cancers occur most frequently on the lower lid. Usually they are painless elevations or nodules along eyelid edges, but may also be flat or cratered. Other indications include sores, bleeding, crusting, or physical distortion of the eyelid and missing or distorted eyelashes.

Types of skin cancers affecting the eyelid include basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, and less commonly melanoma, sebaceous cell carcinoma, merkel cell carcinoma and others.

Skin cancers require a broad range of treatment approaches, each aimed at complete removal of tumors and functional, aesthetically pleasing reconstruction. Some require special techniques to achieve the highest cure rate. Among these is Mohs Micrographic surgery, a procedure familiar to our surgeons.

As our patient you or your loved one will receive evaluation and treatment by one of our elite oculoplastic surgeons, each with advanced specialized credentials, who will give you the uncompromising care and extraordinary results we are known for. Most procedures may be performed at TOC’s outpatient surgical center, the Center for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Eyelid and Oculoplastic Surgery (CAREOS).

Outpatient (ambulatory) surgery helps to reduce hospital costs, personal expense, and length of stay for patients needing surgery. CAREOS is one of the only ambulatory surgical centers in Central Texas dedicated solely to oculoplastic and laser aesthetic surgery. This means we are highly efficient in providing the specific care you need. For those times when surgery is best performed at a hospital, TOC physicians have surgical privileges at all Austin-area hospitals.

We understand that any patient may feel anxious or apprehensive about treatment. Our goal is to help you or your loved one feel at ease. We engage each patient with sensitivity and respect for his or her individual needs.

Following surgery it is common to experience sensations of tightness or drawing, numbness, sensitivity, redness and an elevated scar. Over time, the affected area will feel softer and less tight. Numbness often improves significantly. Proper follow up with your surgeon and dermatologist and routine use of sunscreen will help reduce chances of additional cancer.

More information about skin cancer can be found at:

The Skin Cancer Foundation

American Society for Mohs Surgery

If you would like more information about skin cancer, please don’t hesitate to request complimentary information from TOC by email at info@tocaustin.com. You may also schedule a private consultation with a TOC physician.

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