Lumps & Bumps On The Eyelid

Lumps and bumps on the eyelids can be cysts, warts, styes, blocked glands or lipomas, but they are all conditions we treat here at Olelo Ophthalmology Clinic.

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Cysts & Lipomas

Cysts can occur at any location over the body and they are pockets of fluid filled areas or cavities that often grow over time. Whereas, lipomas are pockets of tissue, located under the skin, made up of fat cells.

Depending on their location, cysts and lipomas can be harmless or sometimes lead to discomfort. As they grow, they can become easily visible as a lump or bump under the skin.

Why do cysts occur?

There are a variety of reasons these lumps on the eyelids occur:

  • The blockage of a gland duct
  • Injury and inflammation to the tissue
  • Ingrowing hairs
  • A foreign body which acts as a focus for inflammation

Do cysts need to be removed?

Most cysts over the face are harmless and do not pose a risk to health. However, cysts that develop on the face and eyelids can become cosmetically problematic and are often easily removed with minimal scarring.

Unfortunately, some cysts can become infected or recurrently inflamed and even bleed. This can be cosmetically troublesome and it is best to tackle the eyelid lumps early on.

Frequently, NHS patients, seen in a GP clinic will be advised that the cyst is cosmetic and can not be removed.


Find out more about our stye treatments.

Facial Cysts and Warts

Non-circular, raised mole type lump under the eye and on the cheek.

Most bumps on the eyelid are epidermal (superficial) cysts and are easily removed. Eyelid cysts and lumps that can be easily treated include:


Molluscum, small lump, on the chin.


Milia, small white lumps on the eyelid.


Raised mole under the lower lip and on the side of the chin.

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Zeiss and Moll

Zeiss and Moll is a raised lump, like a skin tag, on the very edge of the upper eyelid.

Wart / Papilloma

Wart or Papilloma, a raised lump on the eyebrow.

Chalazion  / Stye

Chalazion or Stye, is a raised, red lump on the eyelid.

At Olelo, we offer assessment and often same day eyelid cyst lump removal. Simple cysts can be removed painlessly in 30 minutes, under local anaesthetic and from only £500.

Cyst Removal Procedures

The cyst is removed along with the inner lining to help reduce the rate of recurrence. Cysts are often removed by ‘ deroofing’ if small and by elliptical surgical excision, if medium sized.

Deroofing removes the overlying layer or roof of the eyelid lump and the inner lining of the cavity are both removed. Often no stitches are needed after the procedure, resulting in an easier healing process.

Ellipse Surgical Excision

This requires taking away an ellipse of skin and using sutures. The procedure is painless and takes roughly 30 mins per cyst, but may take longer if the cyst is large.

The doctor or nurse will apply a dressing onto the surgical site and this is designed to remain in place for 7 days.

Your doctor will confirm whether your stitches are dissolving or non dissolving, so that you know whether a follow-up appointment is needed.

Steri-strips are often applied at the time of surgery and we ask that you replace these 2 times a week for 3 weeks.

The wound will slowly heal over two weeks, leaving a faint linear scar.

Vit E / Bio oil / Dermatix cream massages are recommended daily, from 2 weeks onwards.

Always consult your GP if there is increasing pain, redness or any discharge.

Histology / Lab Assessment

Following clinical review, sometimes the excised tissue from the eyelid lump is sent for laboratory analysis in order to confirm the diagnosis and exclude any sinister changes that may require further treatment. Your doctor will decide whether your cyst tissue ought to be analysed and will inform you on the day

We realise that clients wish to avoid extra charges and we only recommend tissue analysis of cyst tissue if clinically needed. We work with excellent laboratories and pathologists and make no financial gain from the cost of analysis.

Eyelid Lump Removal Pricing

The pricing is inclusive of a consultation, if surgery is undertaken on the same day.

Consultation only appointments are from £50. The consultation is conducted in the Olelo Ophthalmology clinic.

The pricing is an indicative guide and includes the cost of consultation if conducted on the same day. It includes Cyst removal + local anaesthetic + dressing + follow up if required.

Description Surgery Histology Total cost
1 cyst/lipoma £500 > £125 £625
Large cyts Complex cysts or lipomas £650 £125 £775

Please note that your doctor will decide how best to remove your cyst once you have been examined. The prices are a guide but higher costs may be incurred for complex cysts and lipomas.