- Have you happened to notice a small, darker spot on your eyelid?
- Has the spot remained there, even after various days?
- Has it begun to grow, or to look bigger or is it turning darker or bleeding?
- Do you remember having such spots before?
- Have you consulted a doctor yet?
If you have not, then it’s time you should. The small, dark spot on your eyelid could be a dangerous, malignant melanoma of the eyelid skin, which could spread quickly,if you do not remove it.
What is the malignant melanoma eyelid?
The malignant melanoma of the eyelid is one of the rarest types of eyelid cancers, as it makes up to only 1% of the total cases of eyelid cancers. It appears like a small, black spot or lesion or masson the eyelid. Generally, people do not take the dark spot seriously so it does not come to their notice that they have any serious problem. Some people may even treat it like a benign mole and keep waiting for it to disappear on its own
How should the melanoma eyelid surgery be treated?
The malignant melanoma eyelid needs to be removed immediately, through a malignant melanoma surgery. As the melanoma is a disease that spreads to other parts of the body, it’s highly crucial to be removed before it has spread anywhere else. At the time of the removal, doctors also check the regional lymph nodes around the tumor to check if this cancerhas not happened to spread. It is important to remember that the tumor can only be removed, if there is not any metastatic disease, which basically means if it has not spread from a part of the body to another. If there are no metastatic disease and the tumor is thin and small, then the procedure will be successful and the tumor will be removed completely. However, it is still possible for the melanoma skin cancer to return, as it spreads deep inside the layers of the skin. In case it comes back, then the treatment changes to immuno therapy, radiation therapy or even chemotherapy.
Recovery after surgery
The recovery is quick, if the malignant melanoma cancer has not spread. There will only be left a few scars after the surgery, the scars which can be removed with the help of facial cosmetic surgeries. Usually, the facial surgeries are suggested by the doctor, and they can be done as soon as the place has healed after the previous malignant melanoma surgery. In case that the melanoma has returned after some time, or it has spread, the survival rates after 5 years are very low. Although it’s one of the rarest diseases of the eyelid, it causes death& constitutes a grave threat to life. It’s highly dangerous and it needs to be treated in time, in order to get the best results.
FAQs (Frequently ask question):
Which are the symptoms of this eyelid tumor?
The symptoms of this eyelid tumor consist ofthe simple appearance of a small, dark-colored spot on the eyelid. The spot will also evolve in time, it will look asymmetric and irregular, so there are low chances for it to be considered another skin disease. The small spot will also feel slightly different tothe touch.
When it comes to a melanoma skin cancer that has spread, the symptoms become more evident as the cancer spreads. Among the new symptoms, there can be fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, loss of weight, vomiting or more. However, found early, the melanoma doesn’t have too many chances to spread itself.
Which could be the causes?
The causes of the malignant melanoma cancer vary. There are mutations in genes, which can increase a person’s susceptibility to the disease. However, another most significant cause of the melanoma is the UV radiation. The tanning beds are one of the most dangerous devices used today, by the Caucasian population (especially), to get a well tannedcomplexion. The Ultraviolet light from the sun is less damaging than the one from such tanning beds. It has a wavelength of 315-280 nm, while the Ultraviolet light from the tanning beds has a wavelength of 400-315 nm. The time when you use the tanning bed is also very important; using the tanning bed before the age of 30 can give you a 75% higher risk of developing melanoma than normal.
Spending a lot of time on the beach and in the sun also adversely affects the chance sof melanoma. The whiter the skin, the lesser is the amount of melanin in the dskin and the higher the chances of developing skin melanoma.
Malignant Melanoma Surgery before after photos
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What is the cost of Malignant Melanoma Eyelid Surgery?
In recent years, increasing numbers of skin cancers are being diagnosed by skin specialists. If diagnosed early, the cancerous tissue can be removed surgically and the cancer can be prevented from spreading to other tissues in the body. Malignant melanoma eyelid surgery is a skin surgery procedure that can excise the cancerous lesion and prevent metastasis.
Undergoing a surgery for tumour removal is a tough process and you must naturally be anxious to find out the cost of the procedure. The cost of malignant melanoma removal surgery depends on the type of treatment required and whether any reconstruction is necessary. Choose a surgeon and medical facility upon considering all the factors, and not just cost alone.
The Esthetic Clinic is a state of the art facility for skin care treatment and cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. We have a highly trained surgical staff who are well versed in the latest techniques in cosmetic surgery. Our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Debraj Shome, is an oculoplastic surgeon of international repute.
At The Esthetic Clinic, the oculoplastic surgeon specialises in all kinds of eyelid and orbital surgeries such as melanoma removal, carcinoma removal as well as eyelid reconstruction surgery should you need it after the removal of the tumor. You can rest assured that Dr. Debraj Shome will provide you with the best surgical outcome and excellent care.
About Dr. Debraj Shome
Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinic, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Holy Family Hospital & Nova Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, Best Oculoplastic Surgeon India”, etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life …Read more
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