Age beautifully and confidently with C02 laser resurfacing, an alternative to invasive surgery in Portland Oregon

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My experience with Thrive Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center was second to none. The CO2 laser treatment I had exceeded my expectations. The entire process was seamless and all my concerns were addressed. Highly recommend Dr. Maddox and his team.

At Thrive in Portland, Oregon, we support our patients’ abilities to age beautifully and confidently with advanced technologies and treatments. “Resurfacing” represents an entire category of procedures that are designed to improve the health of your skin and how it looks and feels. The skin may be resurfaced in a variety of ways; chemically with peels, mechanically with microdermabrasion, and with lasers or other light-based devices.

Laser resurfacing presents one of the most precise methods to remove dead skin cells and stimulate firming collagen production. The CO2 or carbon dioxide laser is among the most time-tested of those light-based technologies, and Dr. Adam Maddox may recommend it to reveal your healthiest, most vibrant skin.

Resurfacing, explained

Skin cells are “born” in the lower epidermis. As they mature, the cells travel upward to the skin’s surface, where they are sloughed off. Aging slows down this process. Skin cells build up on the surface. In turn, formerly radiant and silky skin can become “tired,” dull, and leathery to the touch. While extrinsic aging caused by environmental and lifestyle factors plays an important role in cell turnover as we get older, the most powerful ways to rejuvenate the skin’s surface cannot be found in bottles. Our professional team at Thrive is experienced in technology-aided techniques to remove the lackluster outer skin and bring healthy, fresh tissue to the surface.

Laser basics

We have an array of laser systems to choose from at Thrive. Generally, all lasers work in similar ways; the light from the laser device is directed toward the trouble area, be it the face, neck, chest, or the backs of the hands. Therapeutic energy from the laser light generates controlled heat to the targeted tissues, which triggers the process of collagen remodeling in the dermis or mid-layer. Accordingly, laser resurfacing replenishes this firming protein. The body doesn’t make as much collagen as we age. Laser treatment also promotes new skin cells, supporting more evenly-toned, unblemished, soft, smooth, and glowing skin.

The beauty of CO2 lasers

Carbon dioxide lasers have been around since the 1960s. So, they have a record of clinical effectiveness and safety, and they are still considered to be among the most powerful, efficient, and versatile devices of their kind. The latest generation of CO2 lasers is here now at Thrive’s office. These systems deliver therapeutic energy precisely to the skin by using ultra-short pulses of light. These beams of light may be continually delivered to areas of concern in a scanning pattern. Such fractional or fractionated laser treatments split the light into 1,000s of microscopic channels. These micro-columns are so small that they are around 10 times tinier than our hair follicles.

Age beautifully and confidently with C02 laser resurfacing, an alternative to invasive surgery in Portland Oregon Fractional resurfacing supports a low-risk and safe treatment, as only a small fraction of the skin is treated at a time. And it further spurs healing. Your body produces more collagen to fill in those tiny channels—more collagen results in tighter and rejuvenated skin.

Are you a good candidate?

Many patients with signs of aging and otherwise healthy skin appreciate that they have an effective and non-invasive way to improve their appearance dramatically. If you have darker skin or active acne, we may discuss our range of alternative therapies to love the skin that you’re in.

If CO2 lasers are appropriate, the process is generally well tolerated with little more than a numbing anesthetic for enhanced comfort. You may feel some warmth as the laser is passed across the treatment zones. Afterward, it is not uncommon to experience some temporary redness or swelling. Your experience with CO2 lasers depends at least partly on the exact device we use, and the settings applied for custom treatment.

Likewise, the cost of treatment depends on factors such as the type of device that is used. Overall, Co2 laser resurfacing is a great value. Improvement is noticeable immediately and gets better as collagen is renewed. These stunning results can last for years with proper skin care and sun protection. If we remove scars or precancerous growths, insurance may cover treatment.

To find out more about what to expect before, during, and after treatment, contact Thrive to schedule your appointment.


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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

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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