The eyelid is a common location for the development of benign tumors of the skin. Most can be easily identified during an eye exam in the office. Others may mimic malignant tumors of the eyelid and are necessary to biopsy or if able to excise them to be certain of the diagnosis. This is a list of common tumors found on the eyelid.
This is commonly referred to as a mole. On the eyelids the amount of pigment may vary in the degree of darkness. A nevus has a low potential for developing into cancer. If the nevus is growing, has irregular borders, and/or change in pigmentation, it should be biopsied.
Skin tags are small pieces of normal skin that appear as a part of the aging process. Skin tags pose no medical threat as to any cancer potential. They can be removed if desired in the office.
These have cauliflower-like appearances which are caused by a virus. They are common in adolescence and early adulthood. Papillomas have a classic appearance and are not at risk of becoming malignant. They can be removed if desired.
This is a virus induced lesion. It has a soft central core that appears different than the surrounding tissue that can often be expressed or squeezed out. If near enough to the eye they can cause pink eye ( conjunctivitis ) in rection to the presence of the virus in the lesion. They may be removed or frozen if one desires to remove them.
This is a yellowish colored skin lesion composed of fat or cholesterol. It is usually .located along the inner aspect of the eyelids. They are usually very similar in appearance on each eyelid. They can be associated with increased blood cholesterol especially if found in younger people. These lesions can be removed as long is there is enough eyelid skin present. Otherwise, a skin graft would be necessary. They can return after removal in some cases.
Subepithelial Inclusion Cysts
These are small round bumps or lesions that are filled with a cottage cheese-like substance. They are sometimes called milia. They are the result of a blocked skin gland and cannot be squeezed out. They can occasionally occur after lid surgery along the area of the incision. If desired they can be easily removed in the office.