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Birthmark on Face: When Should You Worry about one

Birthmarks are discolored areas on the skin that appear at birth or shortly after birth. Most birthmarks are not cause for concern. In most cases doctors don’t know why birthmarks appear, and there is nothing that can be done to prevent them. “There are two main types of birthmarks,” says Danielle M. Miller, MD, a dermatologist at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. “One type is caused by an overgrowth of blood vessels in the skin and the other type is caused by an overproduction of pigment in the skin.”

The Salmon Patch Birthmark

This is a blood-vessel type of birthmark. Other names for this birthmark include macular stain, angel kiss, and stork bite. These birthmarks appear on up to 50 percent of babies. They are just tiny blood vessels that are visible through the skin. These faint red birthmarks may appear on the forehead, eyelids, neck, or back of the head. “Salmon patches are harmless and do not need treatment. They usually fade away within a few years,” says Dr. Miller.

Port Wine Birthmark

These blood vessel birthmarks have a deeper red to purple color. They occur in about 3 out of every 1,000 infants. “These birthmarks can become thick and bumpy with age. Port wine birthmarks may also be associated with increased pressure in the eyes, and children with port wine birthmark should be seen by an eye specialist,” notes Miller. Since this type of birthmark does not go away over time, treatment with a laser may be used for unsightly port wine stains.

Strawberry Hemangioma Birthmark

Hemangiomas are growths of tiny blood vessels that occur in about 400,000 babies each year in America. The strawberry hemangioma is present at birth or appears shortly after birth. These birthmarks can be red and raised above the skin, giving them the appearance of a strawberry. They can appear anywhere on the body and may grow rapidly during the first six months. “The strawberry hemangioma will disappear 70 percent of the time within seven years and does not usually need any treatment,” says Miller.

Cavernous Hemangioma Birthmark

This type of hemangioma is very similar to the strawberry hemangioma but is located deeper in the skin, giving it a bluish discoloration. “These birthmarks also tend to shrink with age but they may need to be treated if they are near the eyes, nose, or mouth and interfere with sight, feeding, or breathing,” says Miller. Laser treatments have been used for cavernous hemangioma, but some medications that shrink the blood vessels may be more effective with less risk of scarring.

Venous Malformations

Venous malformations near the skin may appear as birthmarks. These birthmarks are very rare. A vascular malformation is a tangle of blood vessels that are usually bigger and more protruding than other blood vessel birthmarks. Venous malformations do not fade away over time and often need to be treated. In addition to surgery and medications, these birthmarks may respond to “embolization.” Embolization is a procedure in which the venous malformation is plugged with a solution that clogs the blood vessels, causing them to shrink.

Pigmented Nevi Birthmark (Moles)

This type of birthmark is more commonly called a mole. Nevus is the Latin word for “spot.” A congenital nevus is a mole that appears at birth and lasts a lifetime. About 1 out of 100 babies are born with a mole. Moles range in color from tan to black and come in all shapes and sizes. They can be single or multiple and they can appear anywhere on the skin. Moles rarely require any treatment. The risk of a mole developing into cancer is only about one-tenth of 1 percent.

Dysplastic Nevi (Atypical Moles)

These are moles that have a higher chance of developing into skin cancer. “Moles that appear in large numbers or have a very large size have a higher risk of developing into cancer in the future and should be watched more carefully than other kinds of birthmarks,” explains Miller. A mole that is four or more inches across at birth occurs in about 1 in 20,000 babies. Moles that cover a large area of skin are called giant congenital nevi. These may have a least a 6 percent chance of developing into melanoma.

Mongolian Spots

These are pigmented birthmarks that appear commonly in babies born with darker skin. They most often appear on the lower back or buttocks and look like a flat bruise. These birthmarks usually fade by the time the baby reaches school age. “Mongolian spots are pigmented lesions deep under the skin with a blue or gray color. They are not a concern and do not require treatment,” says Miller.

Café-au-Lait Spots

This is another very common type of birthmark. The term “café-au-lait,” means coffee with milk; that is the color of these flat, oval birthmarks. They can appear anywhere on the body and they may get larger with age. “Café-au-lait spots are only a concern if they are large in size and there are more than five of them,” notes Miller. “Large and numerous café-au-lait spots may be a sign of a disease called neurofibromatosis, and these babies need to be evaluated by a neurologist. ” Neurofibromatosis is a rare inherited disease that causes tumors to grow on nerve tissue.

Nevus Sebaceous

Nevus sebaceous usually appears on a baby’s scalp or face as a hairless, flat, yellow plaque. At around the time of puberty this birthmark tends to deepen in color and become more raised and thickened. “This type of birthmark is very rare but it is important because it has a high risk of developing into basal cell skin cancer. It is one of the few birthmarks that may be surgically removed at an early age to prevent it from becoming cancerous,” says Miller.

Learn more in the Everyday Health Kid’s Health Center.

Birthmarks – NHS

Birthmarks are coloured marks on the skin that are present at birth or soon afterwards. Most are harmless and disappear without treatment, but some may need to be treated.

Types of birthmark

There are many different types of birthmark.

Flat, red or pink areas of skin (salmon patches or stork marks)


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Salmon patches:

  • are red or pink patches, often on a baby’s eyelids, head or neck
  • are very common
  • look red or pink on white, brown and black skin
  • are easier to see when a baby cries
  • usually fade by the age of 2 when on the forehead or eyelids
  • can take longer to fade when on the back of the head or neck

Raised red lumps (strawberry marks or haemangiomas)


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Strawberry marks:

  • are blood vessels that form a raised red lump on the skin
  • appear soon after birth
  • usually look red on white, brown and black skin
  • are more common in girls, premature babies (born before 37 weeks), low birthweight babies, and multiple births, such as twins
  • get bigger for the first 6 to 12 months, and then shrink and disappear by the age of 7
  • sometimes appear under the skin, making it look blue or purple
  • may need treatment if they affect vision, breathing, or feeding

Red, purple or dark marks (port wine stains)


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Port wine stains:

  • are red, purple or dark marks and usually on the face and neck
  • are present from birth
  • look like very dark patches on brown or black skin
  • usually affect 1 side of the body, but can affect both
  • can sometimes be made lighter using laser treatment (it’s most effective on young children)
  • can become darker and lumpier if not treated
  • can be a sign of Sturge-Weber syndrome and Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, or macrocephaly-capillary malformation, but this is rare

Flat, light or dark brown patches (cafe-au-lait spots)


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Cafe-au-lait spots:

  • are light or dark brown patches that can be anywhere on the body
  • are common, with many children often having 1 or 2
  • look darker on brown or black skin
  • can be different sizes and shapes
  • may be a sign of neurofibromatosis type 1 if a child has 6 or more spots

Blue-grey spots


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These birthmarks:

  • can look blue-grey on the skin like a bruise
  • are often on the lower back, bottom, arms or legs
  • are there from birth
  • are most common on babies with brown or black skin
  • do not need treating and will usually go away by the age of 4
  • are not a sign of a health condition

If your baby is born with a blue-grey spot it should be recorded on their medical record.

Brown or black moles (congenital moles or congenital melanocytic naevi)


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Congenital moles:

  • are brown or black moles caused by an overgrowth of pigment cells in the skin
  • look darker on brown or black skin
  • can become darker, raised and hairy, particularly during puberty
  • may develop into skin cancer if they’re large (the risk increases the larger they are)
  • do not need to be treated unless there’s a risk of skin cancer


Find out about other types of birthmark

  • Birthmark Support Group: types of birthmark

Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:

  • you’re worried about a birthmark
  • a birthmark is close to the eye, nose, or mouth
  • a birthmark has got bigger, darker or lumpier
  • a birthmark is sore or painful
  • your child has 6 or more cafe-au-lait spots
  • you or your child has a large congenital mole

The GP may ask you to check the birthmark for changes, or they may refer you to a skin specialist (dermatologist).

Treatment for birthmarks

Most birthmarks do not need treatment, but some do. This is why it’s important to get a birthmark checked if you’re worried about it.

A birthmark can be removed on the NHS if it’s affecting a person’s health. If you want a birthmark removed for cosmetic reasons, you’ll have to pay to have it done privately.

Possible treatments for birthmarks include:

  • medicines – to reduce blood flow to the birthmark, which can slow down its growth and make it lighter in colour
  • laser therapy – where heat and light are used to make the birthmark smaller and lighter (it works best if started between 6 months and 1 year of age)
  • surgery – to remove the birthmark (but it can leave scarring)


Help and support

  • Birthmark Support Group: getting help

Page last reviewed: 28 April 2023
Next review due: 28 April 2026

What do moles on the face mean?

Is a mole on the face an ornament or a cosmetic defect? It is up to you to decide how to perceive pigment formation. But it is worth remembering that our distant ancestors were sure that the location of moles on the body is not an accident. In ancient times, it was believed that every mark on the skin is important.

The meaning of moles on the face was known to healers and witches. They could prophesy the future simply by evaluating a person’s appearance. By the way, today many people still believe that moles appear on the skin in the right, predisposed order, and such marks determine the fate of their owner.

Women often tried to “cheat” fate. Remember the fashion for “front sights”, when the ladies of the court wore overhead “front sights”. They were glued to attract the attention of gentlemen, to give the image a certain charm and in order to achieve the favor of fate.

Today it is possible to safely and painlessly remove a mole. Is it worth it? We will tell you what birthmarks on the face mean. And it is up to you to decide how to perceive education – as a cosmetic problem or a fateful sign.

What moles on the face say

Depending on the location of the mole on the face, it has a different designation. “Fly” can promise good luck and a happy marriage, the joy of motherhood and a good career. Consider the main areas of the face, which can be pigmented neoplasms.

Moles below the lip

People who have a mole located in the lip area are said to be “favorites of fate”. Bright cheerful personalities with pronounced magnetism often reach great heights on the stage, in politics. The public loves them, and they reciprocate. If there are several moles below the lip, the effect is enhanced. The owners of such marks are said to be positive, friendly, gentle and romantic.

Moles above the lips

Moles above the upper lip are more common in women. It is difficult to explain this from a scientific point of view, except perhaps by frequent hormonal changes. But both women and men with such a mark have an imperious character. They are natural leaders who know what they want from life and those around them. Purposeful and hardworking, these people are ready for a lot to achieve the goal. And they involve others in that whirlpool.

A mole under the nose on the upper lip on the left side speaks of sexuality – men are extremely masculine, and women, despite their inner strength, are feminine. Owners of the mark attract members of the opposite sex, often find themselves in the spotlight.

Moles on the nose

Moles on the nose speak of the owner’s curiosity and versatile interests. A nevus on the bridge of your nose will bring good luck. If the mole is at the very top of the bridge of the nose, we can talk about the perspicacity of a person. It is believed that such people “see” more than others. People with a mole on their nose are attractive. In general, such a label promises the owner a happy future.

Moles above the eyebrows

Moles on the forehead indicate high intelligence. The owners of this sign are distinguished by a natural entrepreneurial streak. But they are often prevented from making a fortune by their inability to overcome “inner demons”. They spend more than they need for a comfortable life. One of the most popular expense items is travel. A mole above the eyebrow will “beckon” its owner to see the world.

If the mark is located at the level of the eyebrows, it, like a mole under the eyebrow, promises great love. When the owner of the sign meets his soul mate, he is ready to devote his whole life to her. Love does not weaken with age.

Moles on the cheek

A mole on the cheek fascinates members of the opposite sex. She is like a magnet. How can you not believe in the signs of fate. And the location of the mole indicates a creative nature and artistic talent. Moreover, people who have such a mark often have an unbalanced character. They are characterized by hysterical behavior, mood swings.

Mole in the middle of the bridge of the nose

As already mentioned, moles on the bridge of the nose speak of insight, ability to science. If the mark is located in the center of the bridge of the nose, you can develop oratory and try yourself in political activities. It guarantees that the owner of the birthmark will master the audience skillfully.

Moles on the chin

A mole on the chin looks very sexy. It attracts the eye and keeps the attention of others. A similar label indicates willpower. And she can play a cruel joke with her owner. Whether the desire for attention and power will lead a person to success or disappointment depends only on him.

What do moles on a woman’s face mean?

Moles on a woman’s face generally promise good luck. But if a girl has a lot of moles on her face, this may indicate her special purpose. Once again, let us recall how healers and healers interpret such marks:

  • on the forehead – natural magnetism;
  • on the cheeks – artistic talent;
  • on the nose – luck;
  • under the nose above the lips – purposefulness, sexuality;
  • on the chin – willpower, authority;
  • on the cheekbones – windy disposition, imbalance.

What do moles on the face of men mean

Marks on the face of a man in the form of moles speak of his intellect, insight. A large mole on the cheekbone indicates the desire of the owner to hide true feelings. Moles on other parts of the face will tell about the following:

  • on the forehead – authority, attractiveness, popularity;
  • on the cheeks – an extraordinary mind, vulnerability and sensitivity of nature;
  • on the nose – well-developed intuition;
  • under the nose above the lips – the love of others, animal attractiveness;
  • on the chin – inner strength, excellent leadership qualities.

Do moles need to be removed?

Even if the location of the moles on the face does not bother you, if you like the way the mark looks, be sure to visit a dermatologist to check how safe it is. After we have talked about the mystical nature of moles, it’s time to talk about moles from a scientific, medical point of view.

Any pigmented neoplasm on the skin is an accumulation of pigment cells. Most moles are harmless and do not require removal. But there are also such marks that, under the influence of adverse influences, can degenerate into a malignant tumor. Only a dermatologist after an examination can confirm the safety of a nevus.

Using a special microscope – a dermatoscope, a specialist studies the structure and nature of the neoplasm. Digital equipment allows you to look into the deeper layers of the skin. The examination method is completely safe, since the study does not require an incision with a scalpel or other invasive manipulations. If the mole is borderline, it is better to remove it. In the medical center “Lazersvit” the removal of moles on the face and other open areas of the skin is carried out by the laser method. The technology has numerous advantages:

  • Painless. The laser pulses are so short that they are not recognized by pain receptors.
  • Bloodlessness. The capillaries are cauterized with a laser, so there is no risk of bleeding.
  • Point action. The laser device operates with high precision, so neighboring tissues are not damaged.
  • No recurrence. The risk of a reappearance of a mole in the same place is completely excluded, since the formation will completely evaporate.
  • Fast healing. The laser beam cauterizes the tissue, so the risk of wound infection is minimized.
  • High cosmetic effect. After laser exposure, there are no traces – a scar, a scar. After 3-4 days, the crust that forms at the site of exposure departs. Under it remains clean skin.

Short procedure. It will take no more than 15 minutes to remove the skin formation.

“You can’t leave it off”

A mole looks beautiful, and you feel sorry to part with such an ornament? Remember that doctors call the best prevention of melanoma the timely removal of moles that are prone to rebirth. Dangerous symptoms are the following manifestations:

  • The mole is growing, has changed shape, has lost its clear boundaries.
  • Nevus hurts, itches, bleeds.
  • The skin around the pigmented formation has changed.
  • Scales appeared on the previously smooth mole, the surface structure changed.

It doesn’t matter in which part of the body the tumor has appeared. The patient is advised to consult a doctor for any suspicious manifestations. We will be happy to offer qualified medical assistance.

How the location of moles affects the fate of a person

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Chinese astrologers are sure that the location of moles means a lot in the fate of a person


Is there a mole on your cheek like Marilyn Monroe? Or above the lip, like Cindy Crawford? On the neck, on the hand … Chinese astrologers believe that the location of moles on the body and face can tell a lot about the “owner” – mindset, character, state of health, and even predict the future.

Simon Wong, study author and astrologer with 30 years of experience, says that mole analysis is often used by Chinese medicine practitioners.

– This helps us not only make some diagnoses, but also adjust the treatment, explains Simon Wong.

According to Chinese astrologers, changes in the body occur under the influence of emotions or physiological reactions to events in life. So you can “read” a lot from moles and find out where the energy channels of a person are located.

– “Chi” (energy) is more active in some parts of the face and body at different times in a person’s life, the astrologer explains. – The flow of energy can cause the appearance of a mole.

In teenagers, moles “jump up” often, their number is growing rapidly. During pregnancy, moles darken. And after 40 moles can disappear.

To find out what your moles say about you and your health, Simon Wong put together this test. Take a look in the mirror. Where is your mole?


A mole in the center of the forehead says that it is difficult for you to interact with powerful people, as well as with your bosses and your parents. A mole on the side of your head characterizes you as a person who has a goal, drive and energy!


Moles in the area of ​​the eyebrows speak of money. Under the eyebrow – promises you wealth. A mole is invisible – even better, it speaks of a hidden treasure. Above the eyebrow, like Angelina Jolie – in your life there will always be a stable good income.


Moles on the upper eyelids indicate problems in the family and a tendency to be left without money.

Moles – “tears”, that is, on the lower eyelids, under the eyes – a sign that you are too emotional.


Contrary to the words of the song, a mole on the cheek prophesies loneliness and impossibility to start a family.

If a mole hides in mimic folds on your face when you smile (like Marilyn Monroe and Michael Schumacher) astrologers do not exclude the possibility of accidents in your life.


Moles on the ears, according to Chinese astrology, indicate character traits. For example, a “fly” on the earlobe betrays a good person with a spotless reputation.

Mole in the ear – long life. On the top of the ear – evidence of intelligence.

If there are moles on the left and on the right ear – you are impressionable, influenced and love comfort in life.


Be careful if you have a mole on the tip of your nose. She talks about instability and relationship problems.

A mole on the bridge of your nose, as it were, hinders the flow of energy and prophesies problems for you. Such moles are often found in workaholics. These people work hard to stabilize the energy flows.

Moles on the wings of the nose, on the nostrils or hidden in the nostrils indicate that their owner will be fine with money. These moles protect your bank account.


Mole on the chin – perseverance, determination and stubbornness. They will lead you to success or failure, depending on how you manage your life.

This also indicates that you need to change and travel (because the chin is constantly moving).


A mole in the corner of the upper lip means that you have an excellent relationship with food – you like to eat delicious food and are generally a lover of pleasure. A mole on the lower lip portends success for your children.

Cindy Crawford’s mole says that the supermodel loves to eat.Photo: GLOBAL LOOK PRESS


The neck is the link between head and body (soul and body). A mole on the neck impedes the flow of energy and promises you disappointment. A mole in the center of the neck speaks of a complex character and can lead to family troubles.


Moles below the elbow show that you are compassionate. Between the shoulder and elbow – a sign that money loves you.


A mole on your chest speaks of your strength, your high status in society, your authority in your profession.


The navel, according to Chinese astrology, is the main treasury of the body. So, the closer the mole is to the navel, the more favorable your life will be.


Do you have moles on your hands? It means that you are a smart person and you can earn a lot of money.


Moles on the back indicate that you are carrying a burden, that is, you have to work, work hard to achieve success.


A mole on your thigh indicates your sexuality, that you are a brave and extroverted person.

On the lower leg – fitness problems await you, possibly due to the fact that you spend too much time at work.

On the knee – wealth, it will be easy for you to make a fortune.

Breasts (women)

You are a mother. And this role will ensure you respect in society. Most likely, your children will be successful, and this will give you energy and strength.


Legs symbolize journeys, routes. If you have a mole on your foot, you have a chance to become a leader. People will gladly follow you. If you do good deeds, they will not go unnoticed.


Dermatologist Ahmed Altiner:

– Is a mole dangerous or safe? The most difficult question. Of course, there are a lot of the most common moles on our body, they appear – round, even and one-color. The older we get, the lighter our moles become. And after 60 years, most moles completely lose color. But we must know that a mole can degenerate into melanoma, cause skin cancer. This is rare, but it does happen. So it is necessary to check your moles. If you see a mole that is not like the others or that has begun to change (color, size, shape, bulge), this is a reason to seek advice from a dermatologist.

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