Moles are removed for cosmetic as well as medical reasons. Do speak to your dermatologist if you are worried about a raised, itchy mole, which may have suddenly increased in size or changed colour.
Moles can be removed by two safe surgical methods: Simple excision (skin closure with sutures), or excision with cautery. Laser removal of moles is not the method of choice, because laser light does not penetrate deep enough. The treatment is done under local anesthesia, the healing time is about 1 week. Removed moles are usually sent to the laboratory for pathological analysis. If sutures are used to close the wound, the stitches are removed after 1 week.
Mole removal can lead to scars, do discuss the possibility of scar formation with your dermatologist to make your decision.