Treatment options for acne scars in Portland, OR – is laser therapy a good choice

Treatment options for acne scars in Portland, OR

Dr. Adam Maddox and the team at Thrive are well-known in Portland and beyond, having earned a reputation for excellence in aesthetic and wellness-related treatments. We see patients with a wide range of concerns, but perhaps none so common as acne. Modern myths assure teens that they will outgrow acne. Often, the pimples do fade as puberty-related hormones subside, but not always. When it does clear, many people are left with lingering discoloration or deep scars. Sometimes acne returns later in life. The reality is that nearly everyone will experience this condition at some point, and it often leaves lasting … Continue reading

Understanding your options for treatment of acne scars in Portland, OR

Dr. Maddox offers several effective treatment options for acne scars at Thrive Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

Although most forms of acne do not pose a serious health risk, they can be devastating for a person’s quality of life. Here at Thrive in Portland OR, we understand this, and we offer a full range of treatments to help you achieve clear, healthy, glowing skin. In some cases, this is a two-phase process. The first phase is clearing and controlling acne, and the second is treating the scars. If you are concerned about acne scarring, we have good news for you. These scars are usually preventable – and if they develop, they are treatable. Here is what you … Continue reading

Portland, OR patients ask about acne scar prevention and laser treatments

Portland, OR patients ask about acne scar prevention and laser treatments

Acne is a word that can send chills up your spine or bring back memories of puberty. Acne scars serve as a constant reminder of those years. Whether you are just noticing scars or have been living with them, you no longer have to grin and bear it by living with your scars. Located in Portland, OR, Dr. Adam Maddox and the professional team at Thrive offer laser acne scar treatments as well as education on how to prevent and treat scars. Preventing scars Preventing scars protects the quality of your skin. Patients with acne should avoid sun exposure as the sun can aggravate … Continue reading

Portland residents seek before and after results for laser acne scar treatment

Portland residents seek before and after results for laser acne scar treatment

The disappointments and frustrations of acne can follow you well into adulthood. If you live near Portland, you no longer have to suffer the woes of acne. Whether you currently experience acne or have the scars to prove it, Dr. Adam Maddox and the team at Thrive offer treatments to smooth the skin providing enhanced before and after results. Patients with acne scar benefit from advanced, effective laser therapies. Scar formation When pimples burst within the skin, bacteria and dead skin cells spread creating bigger lesions. Your body tries to correct the damage by creating new collagen. However, the texture of the skin may … Continue reading

How to remove cystic acne scars with injectables

How to remove cystic acne scars with injectables

Scars are often daily reminders of something we’d rather forget. Acne scarring is a perfect example. Breakouts cause emotional stress when they occur, and for years after, if they leave permanent marks. Cystic acne is especially notorious for scarring. Dr. Adam Maddox and his team at Thrive provide skin care to prevent and keep acne under control, and effective treatments to improve scarring. He explains how to remove cystic acne scars with injectables. Understanding cystic acne When a pore becomes clogged, it traps bacteria. That causes an infection resulting in an acne pimple. Infection that penetrates deeper into the skin causes a large, sometimes … Continue reading

Breaking the chain of hormones, stress, and acne in Portland

Breaking the chain of hormones, stress, and acne in Portland

School is back in session. That means plenty of opportunities for sports, music, and socializing. It also means raging hormones and sky-rocketing stress levels for many Portland area teens . . . and their parents. The majority of teenager will have some form of acne from puberty throughout young adult years. The term “acne” encompasses the whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules, and cysts that occur when hair follicles become plugged with excess oil and dead skin cells. Bacteria thrive in that environment and form pockets of inflammation. What causes sebaceous glands to produce too much oil? Hormonal changes play a big … Continue reading



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

Get rid of unwanted fat from your waist and hips with Vanquish.

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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