How laser treatment in Portland, OR can reduce brown spots

Laser treatment options for brown spots in Portland OR

They go by many names. You might call them age spots, liver spots, solar lentigines, senile lentigo, or sun spots. By any name, these brown spots on the face and body can be a vexing problem for men and women around the world. Those of you living in or near Portland, OR are fortunate to have a wide variety of premium corrective treatments, including laser therapy, available right here at Thrive.

What causes brown spots on the skin?

Sun spots are a form of hyperpigmentation. The direct cause of these dark areas is excess melanin (skin pigment) production. The underlying cause is not so simple. Evidence indicates that UV exposure is one of the most significant causative factors. These spots most commonly develop on sun-exposed areas of the body, such as the face, neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

Although the development of these lesions is not fully understood, we know that there are several risk factors. These include:

  • Age – Adults over 40 have the greatest risk
  • Skin tone – Those with fair skin are more likely to develop brown spots
  • Skin care habits – Frequent sun exposure and infrequent use of sunscreen significantly increase risks
  • Artificial UV exposure – Indoor tanning wreaks havoc with your skin in many ways, including premature aging and development of brown spots

How laser and other light-based treatments can eliminate brown spots

Modern aesthetic medicine is a sophisticated, high-tech, precise science. Therapeutic devices can deliver measured doses of very specific energy waves, selectively targeting and correcting certain skin components.  In a well-equipped practice such as Thrive, the clinics have virtually endless options at their fingertips, allowing a high level of customizations of every treatment.

Light energy is readily absorbed by melanin, the substance that gives skin it’s coloring. Those pesky little brown spots, as well as other types of hyperpigmentation, are caused by excess melanin production. Therefore, light therapies are often the ideal choice for treating them.

Certain wavelengths of light act on melanin, with minimal impact on other skin components. As the light is absorbed, it creates heat, which destroys the excess pigment. In measured doses, the energy is not strong enough to damage surrounding tissue. An experienced laser technician is well versed in the best device for each situation, and the optimal setting for every skin type.

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Laser treatment options

Choosing the right treatment - Laser treatment options in Portland OROur Portland, OR office is equipped with a suite of lasers and other technology. We offer several laser therapies that are excellent options for correcting brown spots. These include:

  • Revlite – With its trademarked SmartInfinite (SI) Handpiece, Revlite is redefining precision. It is equipped with micro-adjustment capabilities, making it the ideal choice for specifically targeting stubborn spots.
  • PhotoGenesis – Though not technically a laser treatment, PhotoGenesis IPL is another wonderful light-based therapy. It is especially gentle, and suitable for most patients, even those with sensitive skin.
  • SmartXide DOT® CO2 – This powerful yet low risk skin resurfacing procedure is typically completed in under an hour, with dramatic results.

Choosing the right treatment

All the above are wonderful choices for pigmentation problems. Chemical peels and other procedures can also be very effective. With this startlingly wide array of options, people often ask which is best. That question is not as simple as it seems, because the answer is different for everyone. Your skin is just as unique as you are. The best way to explore your options is by visiting Thrive for a consultation.

We don’t offer “one size fits all” solutions here. Instead, we build individual plans around the specific needs of each patient. The best treatment for brown spots will depend on several factors:

  • Other cosmetic concerns – Laser treatment, chemical peels, and other procedures have many benefits in addition to brown spot removal. We will consider which option best meets your overall needs.
  • Scheduling preferences – Do you prefer a few quick appointments with no downtime, or a more powerful once-and-done solution?
  • Skin profile – Sensitivities, allergies, tendency to scar easily, and many, many other factors determine how your skin will react to a given treatment. We will evaluate them and discuss appropriate options.

If you would like to learn more about your best treatment options, just give us a call at (503) 928-6505 to arrange a consultation.

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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.

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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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