Facial Skin Cancer Specialist

La Jolla Laser MedSpa -  - Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

La Jolla Laser MedSpa

Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgeons & Ophthalmologists located in La Jolla, CA

Skin cancer affects about two million Americans every year, and the skin around the eyes is particularly susceptible to this disease. The expert ophthalmologists at La Jolla Laser MedSpa in La Jolla, California, diagnose facial skin cancer and provide reconstructive surgery after Mohs treatment. If you think you may have cancer on your eyelid or the surrounding skin, don’t hesitate to call or book an appointment online.

Facial Skin Cancer Q & A

La Jolla Laser MedSpa

How does facial skin cancer affect my eyes?

Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, and the eyelid region is one of the most common sites for this disease to develop. About 5-10% of all skin cancers affect the eyelid region.

Common locations for facial skin cancer to develop around the eye include:

  • Corners of the eye
  • Eyelid lash lines
  • Eyebrow skin
  • Skin adjacent to eyes

About 95% of these eyelid cancers are basal cell carcinomas (BCC) or squamous cell carcinomas (SCC). These types are less aggressive and more treatable than melanoma, which is a rarer type of skin cancer.

When should I see my eye doctor about facial skin cancer?

As with all types of cancer, early detection dramatically improves your chances of recovery. However, eyelid skin cancer can hide among your eyelashes for years before you notice it. That’s why regular eye exams are crucial to maintaining good eye health.

You should schedule an appointment at La Jolla Laser MedSpa if you notice any of the following signs of facial skin cancer:

  • Painless bumps or nodules
  • Missing eyelashes
  • Sores that may bleed
  • Distorted skin around the eye

The team at La Jolla Laser MedSpa carefully evaluates your eyelids and surrounding skin to determine whether you have facial skin cancer.

How do you diagnose and treat facial skin cancer?

First, a highly trained ophthalmologist at La Jolla Laser MedSpa thoroughly examines the skin around your eyes to check for abnormal changes that may indicate cancer. If they suspect you may have cancer, they can confirm a diagnosis with a skin biopsy. This involves removing the abnormal skin for lab testing.

If the lab results show you have skin cancer, your provider at La Jolla Laser MedSpa recommends an expert surgeon to remove it using the Mohs technique.

Mohs micrographic surgery is a highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The procedure involves removing thin layers of cancer tissue and examining them under a microscope one at a time to ensure cancer cells are completely removed.

Afterward, your provider at La Jolla Laser MedSpa goes to the surgery center and performs reconstructive surgery around your eye. In addition to improved aesthetics, the reconstructive part of your surgical treatment protects your vision and eye health.

If you suspect you may have eyelid skin cancer, call La Jolla Laser MedSpa or book an appointment online right away.