Skin cancer affects the eyelids just like any other part of our skin. In fact, because the eyelid skin is the thinnest in the body, they can be very susceptible to skin cancer development. Basal cell cancer is the most common (~90%) skin malignancy affecting the eyelids and is followed by squamous cell cancer and, much more rarely, melanoma and others. Most eyelid cancers are best treated with surgery to obtain the highest success and lowest recurrence rates. The eyelid skin is very important for protecting our eyes. For this reason, on most eyelid cancers, Dr. Burroughs works closely with Mohs surgeons to achieve the best result.
The Mohs dermatologic surgeons are specially trained to get the highest success possible, yet doing so with the smallest surgical defect. This is critical around the eyes. Dr. Burroughs is a sought after reconstructive surgeon and is referred patients from all over Colorado and surrounding states. Dr. Burroughs has published techniques that provide not only outstanding post cancer resection cosmetic results but also more comfortable healing from minimal suture removal that is especially helpful for pediatric patients and for patients that have very “sensitive” eyes or live far outside the Colorado Springs area. Dr. Burroughs strives to make every skin incision heal to its cosmetic best, whether it is a skin cancer reconstruction or a cosmetic upper eyelid lift.