Effective treatment options available in Portland for common skin conditions
Most women and men in the Portland area would like to have smooth, flawless skin. The team of aesthetic medical professionals at Thrive specializes in helping area residents attain and maintain complexion perfection. Pigmentation problems – sunspots, age spots, and melasma – are among the most frequent complaints.
Our region stays lush and beautiful thanks to about 37 inches of rain per year. That means a lot of dreary days from October through May. By the time summer arrives, you may be tempted to stretch out on a towel and soak up the rays. However, ultraviolet light from the sun may leave you with dark spots. Your skin cells generate this extra pigmentation (called melanocytes) as a natural defense. Discoloration is usually flat and irregular in shape, a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone.
Age spots, sometimes referred to as liver spots, are also flat and gray, brown, or black in color. They appear on areas that are most exposed to sunlight over time; face, shoulders, arms, and hands. Age spots may be small or rather large and usually show up after the age of 40.
Melasma describes pigment spots that are generally large and irregularly shaped. They appear on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and upper lip. Melasma is triggered by pregnancy, menopause, oral or patch contraceptives, and some types of hormone replacement therapy. During these phases in a woman’s life, sun exposure causes the estrogen and progesterone hormones to produce excess melanin in the skin.
While sun exposure greatly increases risk of skin cancer, true sunspots, age spots, and melasma are not cancerous conditions. They can, however, be quite unattractive and may defy cosmetic camouflage.
Because we understand that no two faces, skin types, or lifestyles are quite the same, Thrive provides a range of customizable treatment options for these common skin conditions. During a thorough consultation and examination, Dr. Maddox makes an accurate diagnosis of your pigmentation spots, and recommends treatment that may include:
- Chemical peels for surface brown spots. Peels use safe chemical formulations to strip away dull, dead skin cells and reawaken the glowing complexion underneath. We provide options for sensitive skin, normal, and a deeper peel for maximum rejuvenation.
- IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy with our PhotoGenesis broadband equipment typically resolves sun spots in three to five appointments, and can be used on face or body.
- Dr. Maddox uses the RevLite 1064 high speed laser to clear melasma in about 12 treatment sessions.
Lightening of pigmentation spots is a gradual process, with treatment and recovery times depending on your skin type and the aggressiveness of treatment. However, a beautiful, even skin tone will emerge. Call Thrive today at (503) 928-6505 to get started on yours.