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Throughout recorded history, mankind has wanted to know how to lift sagging skin. Historical home remedies range from egg white masques to honey, lemon juice, and herbal pastes. While some of these preparations may have temporary benefits, modern technology offers minimally-invasive options that provide long-term improvement.
Putting radiofrequency to work
At Thrive, one of our favorite methods to lift and tighten sagging skin is Exilis, a system manufactured by BTL Aesthetics. This noninvasive technique uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production in skin.
Radiofrequency energy is waves of electric and magnetic energy radiating together through space. You know them as sound waves, the same technology that makes wireless communications (your cell phone) work! Electromagnetic frequencies have been used in medicine for more than 75 years.
Where you can benefit from Exilis
With two different devices, Exilis Elite (designed for body treatments) and Exilis Protégé (for facial enhancement), Thrive can help you can fight lax skin in virtually any area:
- Flanks (love handles)
- Back fat
Exilis tones and tightens in two ways. The device can be adjusted to penetrate deeper tissue layers, effectively melting fat. Treatment of superficial skin layers builds up the fiber network that supports skin.
The procedure is well-tolerated. You simply relax while the clinician passes a mobile handpiece over the area where you want to lift sagging skin. You feel a sensation of warmth as radiofrequency energy infiltrates tissues. However, a built-in cooling mechanism keeps surface skin comfortable.
There is minimal risk of side effects, and essentially no downtime. A session typically takes less than an hour. We recommend a series, spaced a week or two apart, for optimal tightening and lift. Periodic maintenance appointments keep skin looking firm and youthful.
Schedule a consultation at Thrive to learn more – 503-928-6505.
Thinning hair has become big business. In 2015, more than a million patients globally received hair restoration treatment. Surgical procedures alone amounted to more than $2.5 billion dollars. Many men and women are looking for a cost-effective solution, and considering a hair restoration clinic. Does this make sense for you?
Defining “clinic”erm “clinic” is usually associated with an educational organization or hospital, where patients receive treatment at reduced cost, providing hands-on experience for students. Hair restoration is a little different, being more aesthetic in nature. However, it is still medical treatment with immense potential to impact your appearance and health.
A doctor with broad-based medical background and experience in aesthetic services is in the best position to provide qualified care. Dr. Adam Maddox is a Board-certified physician. He has extensive training and knowledge in naturopathic medicine, cosmetic treatments, and anti-aging therapies. These credentials play a role in the design of safe, effective hair restoration strategies.
Dr. Maddox begins with a thorough evaluation of your health, hair, and scalp. Then he recommends an individualized treatment plan that may include:
- Laser therapy with an FDA-approved, hands-free device. Treatment stimulates circulation in the scalp and reverses the follicle miniaturization effect of DHT.
- Topical treatments to nourish scalp and hair.
- Nutritional supplements to address vitamin deficiencies that may be contributing to hair loss.
- Hormone replacement therapy, to alleviate symptoms of hormonal imbalance or low-T.
Dr. Maddox and his clinical team at Thrive develop long-term relationships with patients. By taking plenty of time to understand hair loss concerns, and addressing those issues with proven techniques, Thrive provides lasting value hair restoration procedures.
Why trust your appearance and health to a hair restoration clinic, when you could have the oversight of a Board-certified physician? Call Thrive at 503-928-6505 to schedule a consultation.
No matter how smooth your skin is, uneven tone adds years to your face. If your complexion is marred by irregular pigmentation, you may be wondering how to determine which brown spot removal method is best. The Thrive anti-aging and aesthetic center has answers.
What causes brown spots?
These flat pigmentation spots may be brown, or shades of gray or black. They appear on areas most readily exposed to the sun, such as:
- Bald scalp
- Upper back
Skin contains melanin, a complex polymer that gives skin its color. Brown spots occur when melanin clusters in the upper layer of skin. Researchers don’t yet know why this occurs, but it is triggered and accelerated by exposure to ultraviolet from sunshine and tanning beds. Browns spots are more common in fair-skinned individuals over the age of 40, likely from cumulative sun exposure.
A combination approach
Dr. Adam Maddox and his team feel a combination approach is best for removal of brown spots. A series of chemical peels exfoliates top layers of skin, revealing a healthy, refreshed complexion. This treatment alone may be sufficient to get rid of lighter brown spots.
If spots are darker or persist, the next step is laser therapy. A painless medical imaging device accurately gauges the extent of sun damage. Then the clinician uses a laser with a specific wavelength of light to target pigmented blotches. Laser energy destroys cells that produce melanin, without harm to surrounding skin. Treatments are well tolerated, and there is no recovery period. Usually a series of laser sessions is needed for resolution of brown spots.
Dr. Maddox is a Board-certified physician and Aesthetic Medicine Specialist with a passion for excellence in anti-aging techniques. You can trust the Thrive team to guide you toward the best brown spot removal method for your skin. Call 503-928-6505.
More than five percent of the population lives with a medical condition called hyperhidrosis. Excessive sweating may control what clothes they wear. It impacts their confidence in romantic, social, and business situations. It could even determine what kind of jobs they pursue. If you are in this situation, you are probably wondering how to stop excessive sweating. Thrive offers a safe, reliable, permanent solution.
The science of sweating
The human body contains up to five million sweat glands, located everywhere except lips, ear canals, and genitals. Eccrine glands produce clear, thin, odorless sweat, the kind that shows up on the forehead. Apocrine glands, such as those at the groin, emit a thicker, cloudy sweat that smells unpleasant. Underarms contain both types of sweat glands, making this area especially problematic for excessive sweaters.
The miracle of microwaves
The FDA-cleared miraDry system harnesses the power of microwave energy to safely eliminate problem underarm sweating.
- The procedure is performed at the Thrive office, and takes about an hour.
- Sweat and odor glands are carefully marked.
- The treatment area is numbed to ensure your comfort, and the device has a built-in cooling mechanism to protect skin.
- The clinician uses a handheld applicator to deliver a controlled dose of energy. It heats the fluid in sweat glands, destroying them without harm to skin or other tissues.
- You feel drier, cleaner, odor-free, and more confident immediately.
- Often just one treatment resolves excessive sweating.
- Sweat glands do not regenerate, so the change is permanent.
In clinical tests, miraDry successfully reduced sweating in more than 90 percent of patients at 12 months after treatment. Average reduction is sweating was 82 percent.
Are you ready to take control of excessive sweating with the treatment that has a 90 percent patient satisfaction rate, and start enjoying life? Call Thrive in Portland at 503-928-6505 for a miraDry consultation.
Thousands of individuals would like to be rid of a tattoo. Many have heard of a modern technique but want to know, “How does laser tattoo removal work?” Dr. Adam Maddox of Thrive in Portland explains.
The science of laser tattoo removal
There is more to laser tattoo removal than “zapping” your ink. The process requires the right equipment, training, precision, and patience.
This is how a tattoo is removed:
- Concentrated light energy is carefully directed at the design.
- Pigment in the ink absorbs energy, resulting in a thermal reaction.
- Ink molecules break apart from the heat.
- Over the course of four to six weeks, the lymphatic system flushes ink from the body.
Factors that impact results
Laser tattoo removal is very effective. However, the outcome is largely based on the clinician’s experience and understanding of these aspects of your ink:
- Location – As the heart pumps blood, it helps to move ink particles to the lymphatic system. Tattoos on hands and feet are typically more of a challenge to remove than those closer to your core.
- Color – Each pigment in your tattoo reacts to a different wavelength of laser light. The technician must know which settings and handpiece will be most effective. Typically, black color is addressed in initial sessions, then reds and yellows, and finally greens and blues.
- Age – Fresh ink is more resistant to laser removal than vintage tattoos. Over time, old skin cells infused with ink die and are replaced. The new cells create microscopic dots in the design, creating a faded look. A tattoo with many blank cells requires less laser treatment for resolution.
Laser tattoo removal is a real medical treatment that should only be performed by or with the oversight of a doctor. For safety and results, schedule laser tattoo removal at Thrive – 503-928-6505.