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Lumps, Bumps & Skin Tags

Eyelid lumps, bumps, and skin tags can be caused by small defects in the different types of tissues that make up the eye. The eyes are a complex structure, and as such, there is a huge range of common complaints and treatments. Reassuringly, most cases of lumps and bumps are benign (non-cancerous) and can be classified as swellings or cysts that are easy to remove.

The first step in treating any abnormal lumps around the eyes is to achieve a proper diagnosis. You’ll then talk through all of the options that are available for the treatment, management, and aftercare with FaceRestoration.



At FaceRestoration, we understand the potential embarrassment and concern that comes with the discovery of abnormal lumps and bumps, and we aim to treat you as soon as possible. We offer a wide range of treatments, from prescription eye care to eyelid surgeries, to alleviate your symptoms and increase prognosis. Our award-winning ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons will safely take care of everything from consultation and diagnosis to treatment and post-op care.

The most common symptom is an abnormality of some kind. We understand that all lumps and bumps may cause distress and concerns, but please be aware that most are completely harmless and treatable. The common symptoms people complain of are:

  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Blurry vision
  • Discomfort when blinking
  • A feeling that something is in the eye

What are the most common lumps and bumps?

There are many common lumps and bumps found around the eye, and reassuringly, most are not cause for concern. Most lumps and swellings around the eyes are cysts, minor infections or skin tags, some of which we have listed below:

  • Chalazion
  • Cysts
  • Xanthelasma
  • Skin tags
  • Carcinoma / Cancerous Lesion

What is a Chalazion?

A chalazion is a swelling lump on the inside of the eyelid. It occurs when the oil gland in the eyelid becomes clogged. It might begin as an internal hordeolum (stye). Because there is initially little or no discomfort, you may not realise you have a chalazion at first. However, as it grows, your eyelid may become red, puffy, and occasionally sensitive to the touch. If the chalazion becomes large enough, it might push on your eye, causing blurred vision. In rare cases, the entire eyelid may become enlarged.

What is a Cyst?

Because our eyes need tears and natural oils for lubrication and protection, it is common for blockages to occur. Over time fluid-filled sacs may become cysts. Cysts are rarely malignant, and your ophthalmic surgeons can easily remove them under a local anaesthetic.

What is a Xanthelasma?

Another eyelid condition causing lumps is Xanthelasma. Xanthelasma is caused by cholesterol accumulation on the inner regions of the upper and lower eyelids; this results in a yellowish discolouration and the formation of fatty lumps. Despite the fact that in most cases, this is caused by high blood cholesterol levels, some people may still experience it despite having normal cholesterol levels. Xanthelasma is most common in people in their forties or older, as well as in women.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are tiny, soft, skin-coloured growths on the surface of your skin. They can range in colour and size from a few millimetres to 5cm. They are composed of loose collagen fibres and blood vessels that are encased in skin. Collagen is a kind of protein that is present all over the body. Skin tags typically form in skin folds, or areas where the skin rubs against itself, such as the neck, armpits, or groin area.

What is skin carcinoma?

The vast majority of lumps and bumps are entirely harmless. However, there are some occasions that we do see a carcinoma (cancer). The most common one we see is Basal Cell Carcinoma. 

At FaceRestoration, we aim to achieve same-day removal for a better prognosis and peace of mind.

How we can help

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Your consultation

We will then discuss with you your symptoms and advise you on how best to proceed with helpful guidance on treatments through our expert knowledge and training.

Treatment after care

Once an appointment has been arranged, we will then begin treatment and support you along the process, including specialised aftercare.