Effective treatment options available in Portland for common skin conditions

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.

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I’ve been seeing Dr. Maddox for many years. He and his staff are always friendly and kind. Dr. Maddox is very up front about what to expect and what the results will be for any treatment That I have performed. I’ve always had good results no matter what treatments I’ve had. If you are looking for quality in anti aging care then Thrive Aesthetics is where you need to go. That’s why I keep coming back. You shouldn’t trust your anti aging needs to just anyone.

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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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