Moles can occur anywhere on the body, including the face. Although some people live quite happily with facial moles (having a facial mole certainly didn’t hold Cindy Crawford’s career back), other people feel self-conscious about their moles and would prefer to live without them. In some cultures moles on the face are prized, and some people even believe that you can read a person’s personality or predict their future by examining the moles. Traditional Chinese culture believes that the location of the moles on the face can determine luck or lack of it, and mole reading, or molemancy, is widely practiced.
Moles on the face are no more harmful, dangerous or painful than moles on other parts of the body and there is no medical reason why they should be removed, unless that are beginning to show changes which could indicate they are becoming cancerous. However, many people with facial moles wish to get amole removal for cosmetic reasons and there are many ways of achieving this.
If the person does not have many moles on the face, and the moles which are present are flat and not bumpy, the easiest and cheapest way of dealing with them may be to simply cover them up with make-up. There are many make-up brands on the market specifically designed to cover up birthmarks, moles or scars. They are suitable for both men and women and are matched exactly to your skin tone to ensure a flawless finish. The drawback to this method is that the make-up must be applied every day, although this is not a time consuming process.
There are a number of prescription creams and natural remedies which will, over time, help lighten the mole and reduce its obvious appearance. Many of these preparations have to be applied to the mole several times a day, and it can be many weeks before any difference is noticed. Most are cheap and easy to use, and involve using household ingredients such as baking soda, vinegar or tea tree oil to both lighten the skin on the mole and dry it up. It is worth trying natural remedies before the prescription creams. Another way of lightening the appearance of moles is by undergoing laser treatment. A specialist doctor will attack the surface of the mole with a high intensity laser beam, which will bleach out the pigment in the mole and leave it indistinguishable from other skin on the body. This treatment is one of the preferred methods for dealing with any mole on the face as there is no scarring after the treatment and although the skin may appear irritated or red for a few days, this soon fades.
The most traditional method of removing moles is by surgery. The doctor applies a local anesthetic and then removes the mole using a sharp scalpel. Although this method is very effective at removing moles, the main drawback is that there is potential for scarring which the patient may find as noticeable as the mole was in the first place. Surgery is really the only option however when the mole on the face has started to change into a malignant melanoma and in these cases the patient may be referred to a specialist plastic surgeon who can safely remove a mole while causing minimal damage to the face. Scars can also be covered up with special make-up, and will fade over time, but the risk of scarring may put many patients off having moles removed using this method for purely cosmetic reasons.