Your aesthetic medicine specialist in Portland can help you avoid acne scarring

Although acne affects a large majority of young people, this condition is not restricted to only the teen population. Many adults also experience breakouts. Regardless of your age, acne can cause a great deal of emotional turmoil. At Thrive, we believe in working quickly to solve the problem of acne with personalized treatment, helping our patients avoid the scarring that is possible with this condition.

Causes of acne

Some believe that teens are the primary sufferers of acne due to their lifestyle habits, which may include fast food and a lack of regular skin care. In reality, teens are most afflicted with acne because hormones fluctuate dramatically during this time in life. One of the side effects of these fluctuations is the increased production of skin oils and waxy sebum. In normal amounts, these substances help the skin retain moisture, and supply a protective barrier. When the body produces too much, the pores may become clogged, which prevents the natural elimination of dead cells and bacteria.

Even healthy skin has a bit of bacteria present most of the time. These microorganisms, however, can multiply rapidly. When pores become clogged, they may accumulate around hair follicles, triggering an acne breakout.

Acne scarring

Pimples can be more than a temporary problem. In some instances, acne can leave permanent marks on the skin. The risk of scarring can be significantly reduced by working with your aesthetic medicine specialist in Portland. Our team is able to recognize the type of acne we are treating, and determine the risk of scarring. Often, this depends on the type of acne that a patient is experiencing.

Non-inflammatory acne is a condition in which follicles filled with pus are able to drain through an open pore. This type of acne tends to be milder, with a decreased risk of scarring. Sometimes, if pus cannot adequately drain from the follicle, a rupture can occur within the follicle. This inflammatory acne releases sebum and bacteria into nearby tissues, resulting in a greater risk of scarring.

Minimizing the effects of acne

Acne is a common skin condition, for which there are many treatments. Most often, mild acne can be treated with topical solutions, including over the counter products to keep pores clean and open. Every person is different, however, and some may not respond as hoped to such treatment.

When acne does not respond to over the counter treatment within four to six weeks, the risk of scarring is increased. Dr. Maddox and the team at Thrive in Portland are well versed in the types of acne, the needs of the skin, and in innovative forms of treatment to treat acne successfully.

Don’t let acne diminish your quality of life. We have solutions that can work for you. Contact Thrive today for your skin check-up.

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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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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,

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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,

Yeah.

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.
Exactly

Right,

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.
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The one done idea is very appealing.

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Thanks for having me

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