Unwanted moles, skin tags, keratoses and other benign growths can often be removed safely and effectively.  Moles are generally removed surgically, using either a shave or elliptical excision techniques.  Cosmetic removal of moles is usually best reserved for raised lesions.  Surgical removal leaves scars, but in many cases these are less noticeable than the original mole.  This procedure is safe, although rarely complications such as infection or unusual scarring can occur. Seborrheic keratoses ("age warts") and skin tags are usually removed with either liquid nitrogen or electrodessication.