A mole (skin cells that grow in a cluster) can be removed by two surgical methods via surgical excision or a surgical shave technique. Surgical excision is used for moles in cosmetically sensitive areas where an optimal scar is desired. The doctor uses a scalpel or blade to cut out the mole and some of the skin around it. Stitches are used to close the wound. A surgical shave is done on smaller moles as the doctor uses a small blade to shave off the mole and some of the tissue under it. Stitches are normally not needed to close the wound.