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Forty-five million Americans have at least one tattoo. Seventeen percent have tattoo regret. In the past, this often meant a large, dark coverup. Today, they have an effective removal option. Dr. Adam Maddox believes that it doesn’t hurt to ask questions about tattoo removal treatment, before committing.
How are tattoos removed at Thrive?
We utilize current laser technology for tattoo removal. The device delivers a controlled dose of focused energy in a specific wavelength. It heats and breaks up ink particles, with minimal risk to surrounding tissues. The particles are then harmlessly eliminated by the body’s immune system. Multiple sessions are needed for clearance – possibly as few as six. Patience is necessary, since adequate downtime (usually four to six weeks) between treatments is essential to minimize risk of side effects.
What factor are important?
Factors that influence tattoo removal success include:
- Where your ink is located. Generally, the further the tattoo is from your heart (such as hands or ankles), the slower it fades, since circulation is a vital to the process.
- Sensitivity. Delicate parts of the body may call for shorter treatment sessions; thus, more visits are required.
- Whether the tattoo was done by a professional. An experienced artist generally penetrates skin at a uniform depth, which responds better to laser treatment.
- Number of colors and the pigments themselves. A combination of lasers may be necessary, since different colors respond to various wavelengths of light.
- Color saturation. A design that is brimming with pigment is more challenging to remove.
- Overall size of the tattoo.
- Your skin tone. Lasers target the darker pigments in ink, so a contrast with skin tone is ideal.
However, our providers are experienced in safe tattoo removal for darker skin tones, also.
Once, spas focused on pampering clients with facials, wraps, and massages. Today the line between spa treatments and medical care is becoming blurred. Medical offices are providing aesthetic services in a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere; and some spas are offering cosmetic treatments. It is important to note that many non-surgical face treatments are real medications, and require the anatomical knowledge of a trained medical professional for best results.
A bit about Botox
You have probably heard about Botox home parties or seen mall kiosks and salons offering injections. Botox is a prescription drug that may only be dispensed by a physician . . . for good reason. While very safe in the hands of trained, experienced clinician, this powerful neuromodulator could wreak havoc with appearance and health, if improperly administered. At Thrive, Dr. Adam Maddox oversees or administers all injectables. We have a registered nurse/nurse injector on staff, with specialized credentials in injecting Botox, dermal fillers, and Kybella for beautifully natural looking results.
The lift without the stitch
Patients with moderate to significant wrinkles and lax skin need more lift than can be achieved with Botox and dermal fillers. At Thrive, that can be accomplished without surgery. The innovative NovaThreads technique:
- Provides immediate lift with absorbable suture material.
- Requires only local anesthetic.
- Has no downtime.
- Needs no cutting or scars. NovaThreads are injected.
- Triggers controlled healing for lasting improvement. Simultaneous with NovaThreads dissolving, skin begins to produce additional collagen, naturally tightening and lifting.
Many options for personalized care
Dr. Maddox has a full suite of laser, light, and radiofrequency energy therapy technologies on site. These techniques, and many other non- or minimally-invasive methods, address signs of aging at the surface and in deep tissue layers.
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.