Lumps & Bumps

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Lumps and Bumps

 

There are many types of benign eyelid lesions, including styes, cysts, and granulomas. While seldom dangerous, they are often unsightly given their location, and addressing them quickly can lead to the best cosmetic outcome.

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Xanthelasma
Cholesterol deposits in eyelid.
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Chalazion
Also known as stye, hordeolum. Blockage of Meibomian oil glands.

What are my options?

Some lesions, like granulomas and styes, can be injected with steroid or antifibrotic material. Others, such as cysts or skin tags, must be removed with a minor procedure performed in the clinic. These procedures take from 10 – 30 minutes and are done with local anesthetic. Sutures may or may not be used, and are usually dissolving and need not be removed. Patients may have light bruising for 2-5 days, and are generally back to normal within 1 week.

 

All lesions are sent to a pathologist for microscopic examination. This is to ensure that there are no areas of malignancy, or early cancer, within the lesion. Health insurance typically pay for many, although not all lesion removals. Please check with us to see if your procedure would be covered.

 

With successful removal a benign lesion, it usually does not return. Whether the bump has been there for 10 days or 10 years, patients are typically very satisfied with the procedure and wish they had done it sooner.