Moles are dark, irregularities of the skin that can appear alone or in small groups. Typically brown or black in color, moles tend to develop throughout the first 30 years of life, growing and changing color during this time. By adulthood, it is common to have dozens of moles. Depending on the location, moles can be bothersome, leading many people to seek mole removal options. The removal procedure is pretty typical, with a dermatologist numbing the area around the mole before cutting it from the skin. In many cases mole removal does not require stiches, but this is of course dependent on the size of the mole. Cauterization may also be available, through which the mole is actually burned off rather than being surgically removed.