Eyelid Tumor Removal

Tumor Removal in Westchester, New York

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Tumors are abnormal growths of tissue that can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Tumors on the eyelid or orbit (eye socket) should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. Cancers require immediate medical attention. Even a benign tumor can cause pain or damage to the eye, such as blocking the tear ducts or preventing the eyelids from closing. A biopsy will usually determine whether the eyelid or orbital tumor is benign or malignant. One of the top oculofacial cosmetic surgeons in Westchester County and New York City, Dr. James Gordon helps patients return to a more normal appearance with his extensive training and experience in eyelid tumor removal.

Surgical Technique

During eyelid tumor removal surgery, Dr. Gordon uses several techniques to completely remove the tumor. This may include Mohs technique, a wedge biopsy, or cryotherapy. Once the tumor is removed, Dr. Gordon will perform any needed reconstruction to restore the eyes to a normal appearance using flaps or other techniques.

During/After Surgery

If there is a defect after the tumor has been removed, Dr. Gordon will reconstruct the eyelid or orbit so that it both functions properly and looks normal. Reconstruction is tailored to each patient based on the size and location of the defect. Dr. Gordon will speak to each patient about their post-operational care instructions and determine when the patient should return for a follow up appointment.

Expected Cost

Depending on the size of the tumor and the extent of the reconstruction needed, eyelid tumor removal surgery can cost from $4,000 to over $10,000. Dr. Gordon’s staff can check with the patient’s health insurance to determine if their policy offers any coverage.

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Average Cost  
$5,000 - $10,000
Recovery Time  
2 - 3 Weeks
Average Procedure Time  
1 - 2 Hours
Post-op Follow-up  
1 - 2 Weeks
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Eyelid Tumor Removal FAQs?

Types of Cancer?

Most cancers of the eyelid (about 85-95%) are basal cell carcinomas that form on the inside of the inner eyelid. They are malignant but rarely spread to other parts of the body. Treatment is usually surgical removal.

Tumor = Cancer?

A tumor on the eyelid does not necessarily mean the patient has eyelid cancer. Many are removed and then determined to be benign cysts, inflammations, or skin cancer. It is important that patients have their eyelids inspected regularly by a doctor and they seek treatment right away for any tumors. 


Some patients may have a medium or large tumor removed, which will require Dr. Gordon to perform eyelid reconstruction after the removal surgery. While the patient is still under anesthesia, Dr. Gordon will reconstruct the eyelid with skin flaps or other reconstruction techniques. Dr. Gordon attempts to restore the patient’s eyelid to an even, symmetrical appearance.

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