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Eyelid Skin Cancer Removal (Face and General)
About The Procedure
We understand how nerve-racking and uncomfortable skin cancer of the eyelid can be. As with most ailments, early detection and treatment can mean a better outcome. If found while a tumor is still small, the situation can be highly curable, especially when dealing with basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell skin cancer of the eyelid.
Dr. Hodgkinson is a highly-skilled and experienced surgeon who can treat eyelid cancer, removing the cancer cells, and reconstructing the eyelid to restore both form and function.
The removal of an eyelid tumor is an effective form of treatment for basal and squamous cell carcinoma, which are often the most common skin cancers of the eyelid.
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer on the eyelid
The vast majority of skin cancers that are found around the eyes rarely spread to the lymph nodes or other areas. While they can grow quite large, causing disfigurement around the eyes, this can be easily rectified with surgery.
Squamous cell carcinomas make up a very small percentage of eyelid cancers, but do have a higher chance of spreading or becoming life-threatening.
If you have just been diagnosed with a skin cancer on your eyelid, there is no need to panic. This is a very common location to develop skin cancers, and Dr. Hodgkinson can manage them very effectively.
What can I do about skin cancer in my eyelid?
Dr. Hodgkinson can perform a surgical technique that will remove all cancerous cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue. Once the eyelid tumor has been removed, Dr. Hodgkinson will then reconstruct your eyelid.
With an in-depth understanding of the eye structure and function, Dr. Hodgkinson has the expertise and skills to restore the delicate structure and functions of your eyelid.
Dr. Hodgkinson has performed many eyelid surgeries known as Blepharoplasty, which often assist in the removal of excess fat from the eyelids; a field that Dr. Hodgkinson has a particularly large amount of experience in.
What happens if excess eyelid skin is causing issues with my vision?
In some cases, issues with the eyelid can cause a droop or sag, which affects the fields of peripheral vision. More serious cases may cause the eye to be unable to open completely, known as visual occlusion. All of these situations can be rectified by Dr. Hodgkinson with surgery.
For example, upper eyelid surgery is often performed to remove excess fat that may be placing an amount of stress on a certain region of the eye. This often helps with vision, and in some cases, combining this procedure with a brow lift also creates a more refreshed and youthful visual aesthetic for the face.
Will I be eligible for any kind of Medicare rebate?
Medicare is not usually available for cosmetic surgery that is considered elective for aesthetic purposes; however, skin cancer and visual impairment fall under a different category. For example, in cases where a condition hinders vision, a Medicare rebate may be available for the process of restoring it.
While Medicare is known for being quite stringent when it comes to assessment and approval, you can see if you meet Medicare’s requirements here.
Why is Dr. Hodgkinson so regarded in the field of eyelid surgery?
Dr. Hodgkinson is known by many as a cosmetic plastic surgery expert, with over thirty years experience in a range of procedures, he has particular skills for those concerning the eyes and eyelid surgery.
His expertise with the face and nose areas are well-known throughout the medical community, and sought-after by patients all over the world. He has a proven track record of creating natural and stunning surgical results for all of his patients.
Dr. Hodgkinson has also lectured around the world to various medical communities in regards to his expertise in the customisation of the eyelid to create a natural look. His work has lessened the stigma that cosmetic surgery always looks obvious.
With a range of advanced techniques that have been perfected over time, Dr. Hodgkinson can turn back the visual clock on the faces of his patients. He specialises in restoring their visual look to that of their younger years.
This is confirmed thanks to Dr. Hodgkinson’s unique process, which features the review of photographs taken in the patient’s younger years, that are then used as a blueprint to reach a natural, youthful look.
Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson works closely with his patients, forming a personal relationship to ensure he fully understands the reasons behind their desire or need for cosmetic surgery. This process sets him apart in his field, creating a comfortable environment that yields exemplary results.
Along with his team at the Double Bay Day Surgery, he works to ease the stress of the surgical process, creating joy and a new-found sense of confidence for his patients. This has led to a significant amount of trust in Dr. Hodgkinson’s high quality of work.
Patients come from all over the world to experience the care provided by Dr. Hodgkinson and his team, making him one of the most sought after surgeons in Australia.
- Is cosmetic surgery, eyelid surgery right for me?
Not all reasons for cosmetic surgery are wholly aesthetic, as many people also look to rectify things like peripheral vision obstruction via these cosmetic procedures.
There will be cases that may not benefit from cosmetic surgery and it is always important to receive the correct diagnosis before opting for a cosmetic procedure. The consultation step, the first in Dr. Hodgkinson’s process is the best way to understand your situation and the best path forward.
- How long would an eyelid skin procedure take?
The duration of surgery is often dependent on the complexity of your specific procedure. Dr. Hodgkinson will need to gain an understanding of whether he is just operating on the eyelids, or if there is a need to also look at the eye bags (often more for aesthetic purposes).
This will alter the time frame; however, just eyelid surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure involves simply a local anesthetic and an estimated surgery time of one to two hours.
To understand the exact time frames relevant to you, speak to Dr. Hogkinson during the initial consultation. Once your situation and requirements have been discussed and thoroughly assessed, we will have a clearer understanding of durations. It is important to note that in all cases, you will require someone to drive you home after the procedure.
- What sort of recovery time will I require?
Much like the duration time of your procedure, your recovery time is dependent on how complex your surgery is. In most cases, you will be allowed to go home when our team has confirmed that the local anesthetic has worn off.
Even with an understanding of your requirements, it can be challenging to give an exact recovery time due to the different healing abilities of each person. On average, a full recovery is usually seen around the 2-3 week mark.
- Will there be any side-effects as a result of eyelid skin removal?It is quite common and no cause for alarm if you experience swelling, bruising, or redness, especially immediately after your procedure. There may be a small chance of watery eyes or light sensitivity, which can be helped by using a cold compress and keeping your head elevated. This will help reduce any swelling while also minimising discomfort. Eye drops may also be used if needed to lessen transient symptoms.