Moles on the skin are a common occurrence, and moles can be located anywhere on the body. Moles can be removed from the surface of the skin through either a surgical excision or a shave removal. Both procedures are performed in the office under local anesthesia. A surgical excision of a mole requires stitches following the removal. A shave removal does not require stitches and only a scab remains. The scab should heal within 10-14 days. The type of mole to be removed determines which procedure would be most effective.