Moles are quite common. They represent a collection of cells that produce pigment (color). They may be a source of beauty, as is Cindy Crawford’s beauty mark. But others can be quite distracting and not aesthetically pleasing.
In other situations, a mole may not be a mole. It can be a type of skin cancer called a melanoma. Concerning signs for moles including those that are asymmetric (look different on each side), have an irregular border or edge, have multiple colors, and are larger than a pencil eraser. Other concerning symptoms include if it itches or bleeds easily. If you have any of these symptoms, your mole should be evaluated by a trained professional such as Dr. Guy.
There are also many benign lesions that can be found on the face that aren’t moles. For these they may be treated with light based therapy such as IPL and even a hyfrecator. Whether you are concerned about the mole or it has been there your whole life, as a facial plastic surgeon Dr. Guy is skilled both in the removal and the reconstruction to leave the area as cosmetically pleasing as possible. As far as removal goes, there are several ways to treat them.
One way is to shave the mole off and then apply a careful treatment to the base. The benefit of this method is that the area can heal without a scar. The second before and after on this page was treated in this manner. The only drawback to this method is that the mole can return since it is not completely cut out. However, if this happens, it usually only returns in a tiny spot and can be retreated complimentary in the clinic.
The second option which is more definitive is to actually cut out the mole. The benefit of this method is that the risk of the mole returning is almost zero. However, it does leave a scar behind. For moles in certain areas, this can be an excellent option as the scar blends into a natural crease. For other parts of the face, this may not be an ideal treatment as the resulting scar may be more noticeable than the original mole. That is where experience and judgement comes in to help determine what is the best treatment for you. Whatever the problem, Dr. Guy can discuss the best approach at the time of consultation.