What is this on my eyelid? It was a purple bump and then popped under my skin. (Photo)

I have had a purple dot on my eyelid for 4 or 5 years. Its never hurt and didn't bother me. Today it popped under my skin while I was washing my face. It hurts now and getting bigger. Do I need to be worried?

Doctor Answers 3

Veins on the upper eyelids

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This may be some sort of vascular malformation that can be addressed with laser, in most cases. I would get an exam with a plastic surgeon or vascular surgeon. 


Dr. Karamanoukian

Los Angeles Vein Expert

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Purple spot on eyelid

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It sounds as though it may be a burst blood vessel, a vein or capillary. The purple color is accumulated blood, like a bruise, and should clear in a few days to a week. You should see your doctor to make sure that it is nothing more serious, especially if you are having worsening pain.

Adaeze Okeke, MD
Houston Physician
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Purple mark on eyelid

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It may be a small vein that broke under the skin.  If so, the discoloration should clear within a few days.  However, to know for sure, or if it does not resolve quickly, you should see you doctor and have it examined.

Jeffrey Gosin, MD, FACS
Atlantic City Vascular Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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