Brown Spots

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The removal of brown spots, sun damage, and melasma is easier now with new laser technologies.

Brown Spots & Melasma
Listen to Dr. Adam Maddox, Medical Director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center describe how they treat brown spots, sun damage, and melasma, depending on whether the damage has occurred closer to the surface or deeper in the skin. Contact (503) 902-6169 or visit for details.

I think the most important thing with addressing brown spots is to determine where the brown spot is at within the skin. So, there’s multiple layers of the skin, and when you determine if it’s closer to the surface or if it’s deeper into this skin, most of us have certain superficial or very surface oriented sun damage or brown spots, and those are relatively straightforward and simple to remove. We have a number of different laser technologies available to us in our patients that we use, including IPL photo facials and laser 532 and that also really does a nice job at just removing this superficial some damage. Now for deeper pigmentation such as melasma, we have to use a different type of laser because it doesn’t respond to the more superficial treatments and we can also get a very nice, consistent result with that as well.


Melasma, or sun damage, is responsible for a large variety of pigmentation problems of the skin. The procedures to correct melasma and for sun spot removal can vary for each patient. We will work with you to find the best treatment option for removing brown spots and rejuvenating your skin.

Laser Brown Spot Removal Treatment

Brown spot removal treatments may include Revlite®, PhotoGenesis (IPL), or the SmartXide DOT® CO2 lasers. Like all of our services, the treatments are designed with the latest technology for maximum results and minimal invasiveness.

RevLight® laser delivers high-speed waves of energy that penetrate the skin at incredible speeds, minimizing the amount of heat and pain in each procedure. RevLight® delivers laser light pulses at a nanosecond frequency, stimulating collagen growth and delivering both a photo-acoustic and photo-thermal effect for optimal results. It is safe and effective and requires little to no recovery time.

Brown Spots

PhotoGenesis (IPL) is a broadband light therapy that targets brown spots close to the surface of the skin commonly caused by excessive sun exposure. Results are typically achieved in 1-2 treatments while full correction can occur at 3-5 treatments.

Chemical Peels for Brown Spot Removal

Chemical peels have incredible regenerating properties; they strip away damage and allow the skin to grow back healthier and more vibrant. All chemical peels vary in intensity and strength. The strength of the peels depends on the chemical ingredients and the level of rejuvenation you need.

The Illuminize Peel is best for first time chemical peel patients looking for a gentler option. The Illuminize uses a combination of skin clearing acidic agents to increase your skin’s glow and radiance.

The Vitalize Peel is our most popular chemical peel product. It combats normal environmental damage, and it can be customized to treat irregular pigmentation, photodamage, and melasma.

The Rejuvenize Peel goes a step further, penetrating deeper to exfoliate the top layers of the most damaged skin. Because it can heal even acne scarring, some recovery time may be necessary.

Skilled in determining the most effective treatment for various skin tones and types, we will work with you to choose the best melasma treatment for your needs. To combat brown spots and other sun damage, contact us to set up an appointment.

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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