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At Thrive, acne treatment integrates laser therapy, hormone evaluations, diet, and exercise.

Acne Scars
Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center takes a very integrative approach that looks at the whole body when it comes to tackling acne. Laser treatments, hormone evaluations, diet, and exercise are all addressed in treatment plans, as Dr. Adam Maddox explains.

We address acne from multiple levels internally and externally with both laser treatments all the way to evaluating hormones and diet and exercise. We take a, you know, a very integrative approach, and looking at the, the, whole body as to what could be contributing to the acne.
You know most people that suffer from acne it’s extremely, you know emotionally, psychologically debilitating. So, to be able to work with those individuals and help them and most of the things that we offer are you know, pretty natural. So, they’re less harmful to the body with less side effects and with very, very, good results.


Acne treatments

We understand the difficulty in finding the right treatment for acne-prone skin. At Thrive, we offer our patients from Portland, Lake Oswego, Tigard, and neighboring communities several acne treatments, including:

  • Chemical peels
  • IPL
  • Blue and red light therapy
  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
  • RevLite Q Switch 1064
  • Medical grade skin care products

Chemical peels are used to improve and smooth your skin. Customized to your unique needs, a chemical peel will gently remove the top layers of your skin to reveal younger, healthier looking skin below. We offer three different types of chemical peels from mild to deep, depending on the level of your scarring. During a consultation in our friendly, comfortable office, we will assess your skin and discuss the variables involved in a chemical peel so that you can see how we achieve optimal rejuvenating results.

Laser acne treatments are also extremely effective at improving the skin. Medical blue and red light treatments can reduce the appearance of active acne. This form of acne treatment used in our Portland practice works by killing the bacteria that causes acne in the first place. Blue and red light therapy for acne has been shown to have a success rate of at least 80 percent, and is non-toxic with no recovery time necessary.


Using the right skin products works well in partnership with more intense treatments. SkinMedica continually researches and develops its products to offer the latest in skin care. We offer the entire SkinMedica product line, and we will work with you to recommend the best option or combination of products for beautiful, healthy skin that gets noticed for all the right reasons.

Acne Scarring

You do not necessarily have to suffer from chronic cystic acne to experience acne scarring. Marks may remain on the skin due to a variety of factors. Thrive has the means to restore healthy texture to skin that has been affected by scarring. Some of the innovative tools we have assembled for acne scar treatment include:

  • Laser Genesis
  • CO2 Laser resurfacing
  • RevLite Q Switch 1064

Scars from cystic acne may be deep, called ice pick scars. These marks can be treated safely and effectively with saline injections, or precise injections with a suitable dermal filler, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse.

Schedule a consultation at Thrive! Our skin specialists will evaluate your skin and devise a treatment plan around your specific needs. A skin treatment plan for current acne and/or acne scarring usually includes a combination of products and treatments designed especially to treat your problem areas.

Contact us to begin your acne and scar reduction treatment today.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are acne scars?

Acne scars are imperfections in the skin that form due to acne or blemishes. Much like scars that your skin forms after an injury, acne scars can have a variety of appearances and depths.

How do people get acne scars?

To understand how acne scars are formed, it helps to know what acne blemishes are. In a blemish, the pore in the skin has become clogged with oil (sebum), bacteria, and dead skin cells. This causes the pore to swell and become inflamed. Eventually, the follicle wall can break, which forms a lesion and is what has the potential to cause scarring. Deeper breaks can cause infectious material to spill out and cause more intensive injuries. To repair itself, the skin creates new collagen in the area, which can lead to a more rough or pigmented area than the skin had previously.

What are the types of acne scars?

There are two primary forms of acne scars:

  • Atrophic/depressed scars: These look like small holes in your skin and occur if there has been a loss of healthy skin tissue. “Boxcar” scars are usually oval or round with steep sides and look similar to the scars that chickenpox can leave, and “icepick” scars look like small holes.
  • Hypertrophic/keloid scars: These occur due to excess collagen formation during the healing process, leaving a raised area on the skin.

How to avoid getting acne scars?

The best way to avoid getting acne scars is to take steps to manage active acne breakouts and prevent new ones from forming. At Thrive, we offer several acne treatments to help you effectively manage your acne.

What acne scar treatment options are available?

Patients come to us regularly, asking,” How do I get rid of acne scars?” Fortunately, there are several options available due to advances in skincare technology. Acne scar treatments we offer include:

  • Laser Genesis
  • RevLite Q Switch 1064
  • CO2 laser resurfacing
  • Dermal fillers for icepick scars, such as Juvéderm or Radiesse
  • Saline injections for icepick scars

Which acne scar procedure is the correct one for me?

The answer to, “What’s the best treatment for acne scars?” depends on your specific skin and the type of acne scar that you have. The best way to determine which acne scar procedure is the right one for you is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with a qualified skin care professional. At Thrive, we will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your skin and discuss your medical and lifestyle history, as well as talk about your treatment preferences and goals, to help you determine which treatment will be best for your unique skin. We are always happy to answer any questions that you have so you feel comfortable with your decision.

Does acne scar removal hurt?

One of our primary goals is to ensure you are comfortable at all times when you are receiving care at Thrive. For any treatments that may cause pain and discomfort, such as laser therapy, we apply a topical anesthetic at the beginning of the procedure so that you do not experience pain.

How can I prepare for the treatment?

Treatment preparation varies depending on the specific therapy you are using. We will discuss what to do prior to your treatment – if anything – during your consultation so you are well-prepared.

Am I a good candidate for acne scar treatment?

Because there are so many different types of skin and acne scars, the treatment options for each one varies, and you may be a better candidate for one treatment option than another. Some acne scar therapies may not be recommended if you have certain medical conditions. If you have acne scars that are affecting your self-confidence, then we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Thrive to determine which treatments might work for you.

How much does it cost?

Because no two patients are alike, the treatment plan for each patient is unique and often combines multiple therapies to help achieve the best results. The best way to determine the cost for your treatment is to schedule a personalized consultation, where we will discuss the therapies recommended for your unique skin as well as your cost estimate and various payment options to help fit your treatment into your budget.

Thrive Aesthetic & Anti Aging Center is committed to helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful skin and restore a more youthful appearance. Our dedicated team is comprised of Dr Adam Maddox, Board Certified in integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine.

Dr. Adam Maddox - Medical Director

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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Say goodbye to armpit hair and underarm sweating. Mirror Smooth (miraDry??) will save your day.


You shave it. You wax it, you laser it. Heck, you might even dye it pink. Talking about armpit hair. Now some people are saying you can microwave it away once and for all. We’re revealing a new treatment right now and our procedure room. Take it away, Doctor Ashton.

Hi guys So, I’m back here with doctor sheila Nazarian, board certified plastic surgeon and our patient Aaron. You’re going to be demonstrating this new microwave procedure to hit axillary hair, but before we get to that, tell, tell me why this hair bothered you, Aaron? Because I mean, you’re blonde, you wouldn’t mind.

I’m a personal trainer. I spend 95% of my day in a tank top in the gym or in a bikini and shaving every day is such a pain. No one likes to do it. I tried laser hair removal. It doesn’t work. If you have blonde hair and darker skin. So, I heard about mirror smooth So, thought I’d give it a try.

And you said it’s your game, okay, So, doctor Nazarian,


Go ahead and lie back Aaron. So, as you start working tell us a little bit about this technology. Who’s a good candidate for it and how? Does it work?

Well, the beauty of this technology is that everyone is a good candidate. Any skin colour, any hair colour? I’ve actually had the procedure performed on myself, didn’t get any hyperpigmentation from it.

So, you numbed Aaron up before we started, right?

Arron’s been numbed already. We’ve placed a temporary tattoo which basically gives us little tick marks. It’s really paint by numbers at that point and we use the microwave technology of mirror smooth to remove not only 70% of her hair with one treatment, but also the sweat and odour glands are also eliminated. So, it’s basically a little suction and some you know heat is applied, but because she’s numb there’s no pain.

You feel anything?
Fine, just a little pull,


And So, how many treatments typically does it take to really get a good effect?

So, 80% of people really only need one treatment. You’re going to get an 82% reduction in the sweat and odour glands and a 70% reduction in the hair growth. Which, if you’ve ever had laser hair, you know you need multiple treatments in order to get anywhere close to 70%.

So, what’s the cost range for something like this?

This that’s a great question. So, the first treatment is around 2000 dollars, but it’s, but if you think about how many laser hair removal treatments to do. I mean, it really is a great benefit and also laser hair doesn’t remove the sweat and odour glands.

Nice, well, 2000 dollars, meaning that you could throw away all your razors for the rest of your life.


Never have to worry about sweating in your armpits again and being musty.

No more deodorant and think of all the money you spend on deodorant over a lifetime.

That’s true.

And it takes how long to do both pitch?

We usually schedule people for an hour at a time?
An hour!

So, can you imagine an hour and you’re done.
Oh my gosh,


Sign me up, scoot over.

Second string.


The one done idea is very appealing.

Exactly, yeah.

Thanks for sharing that with us and thanks for showing us your armpits,

Thanks for having me

You’re welcome.

Anti-aging Specialist

In Portland OR-Dr. Maddox

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Anti-aging Specialist In Portland OR-Dr. Maddox

Feeling good and looking good. It’s not just about diet and exercise anymore. Aesthetic and anti-aging medicine makes a safe and effective addition to your routine. At thrive, we offer the very latest in non-invasive beauty technology like vanquish, a painless, non-surgical way to remove unwanted fat cells from your waist and hips. And best of all, treatments take less than an hour, leaving you plenty of time to enjoy the new you. Visit for complimentary consultation. Thrive aged beautifully.

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