Find successful melasma treatment in Portland

Find successful melasma treatment in Portland

Melasma isn’t a health threat, but this condition causes irregular patches of dark skin on the forehead, cheeks, nose, and upper lip. That hyperpigmentation mars the look of your complexion, sometimes with emotional side effects. Dr. Adam Maddox and his aesthetic team at Thrive have some beautiful solutions for successful melasma treatment in Portland.

About seven million people have melasma. Anyone can develop it, but melasma is more common in those with darker skin tones, such as Mediterranean, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian, or North African descent. Ninety percent of melasma cases are women. The exact causes are not yet known, but the occurrence of melasma appears to be linked to hormonal changes (pregnancy, use of oral contraceptives, menopause, and hormone replacement therapy), especially in conjunction with sun exposure. Genetic predisposition and thyroid problems also play a role.

Over-the-counter topical depigmenting agents may temporarily fade the discoloration, but if you have melasma, you want effective treatment that lasts. We customize an action plan that’s right for your skin type and lifestyle. Our solutions include:

  • Laser therapy – Our state of the art treatment delivers optimal results with a minimally invasive technique. We use the Revlite 1064 laser to resolve discoloration while stimulating natural collagen production, for a gorgeous complexion. Multiple sessions (up to 12) are required for full resolution, but there is no downtime with this gentle method. This newest generation of Nd:YAG laser harnesses 60 percent more energy in a carefully control pulse dispersion. Treatment creates a photo-thermal in targeted skin tissue.
  • Chemical peels – Medical grade complexion peels by SkinMedica can be an effective adjunct to laser therapy for melasma patients. Our popular Vitalize peel fights melasma and photodamage with a serious combination of chemicals that strip away dull surface skin cells for a natural radiance. Rejuvenize penetrates even deeper.
  • UV protection – We’ll counsel you on ways to minimize exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays that trigger and worsen melasma. We recommend that you apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day and be cautious about being in the sun.

Portland’s complexions are Thrive’s passion. We want you to love what you see when you look in the mirror, and we understand the impact melasma can have on your self-image. Call us today at (503) 928-6505 to rejuvenate your skin tone with modern, minimally invasive methods that really work.

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One of the best clinics I have ever worked with. Dr. Maddox and his staff are phenomenal in both their services they provide and their customer services. I highly recommend this clinic!!

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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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