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Beginning Monday, December 12, you may purchase one or more specials featured each day. Just so you know, not all purchased specials can be performed on the same day. We want to encourage you to make an appointment by calling Carrington Medical at (850) 903-9313. These special offers are only valid from December 12 – December 31, 2022, so don’t delay! Ready to start a new pathway to beauty and health? Call Carrington Medical today!
Carrington Medical knows how to make the Grinch look a little less grinchy.
Take a look at the Grinch. What is it that makes him look so old and cranky?
I think it is his glabellar from lines between his eyes that make him look like he’s having a pretty bad day. It is his nasolabial folds (those creases that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth) that make him look so old. No wonder he has such a bad attitude. He can get in a bad mood easily by looking in the mirror every morning.
If the Grinch were to come into Carrington Medical, here is what I would recommend:
I would smooth out and soften his forehead creases with Botox. From the looks of it, he will need a pretty large dose, maybe 60 units. The injection would sting but would be quick and he would see a remarkable improvement within 3 days or so. In addition, he would feel much more relaxed. If he wanted to scowl at his poor little dog, he would be unable to. Smile, yes but scowl, no. This amount of Botox would last at least 3 months. If he kept coming back for treatment, his dose would likely drop.
I would fill his nasolabial folds with one of the hyaluronic facial fillers that I use frequently each week. This is terrific for treating the area around the mouth which is a problem in some people and hard to treat with other methods. Even a full facelift doesn’t help this area very much. I would use 2 or 3 syringes to get as full of correction as possible. It’s been my experience that patients who opt for just partial correction are not nearly as satisfied as those who get the full treatment. Three syringes of a filler, such as Juvederm would last at least six months. We have many patients who have had a nice lasting improvement for up to two years.
I hope the Grinch comes into our office this holiday season and leaves those poor Whos in Whoville alone.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Liliya Slutsker
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Lifts with Mint Threads
I believe that the newer threads are far superior to the original threads from a decade ago. Threads work by naturally stimulating collagen production. They can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers, lasers, ultrasound tightening, PRP, and microneedling. Monofilament threads, such as MINT threads, are among the most effective (and cost effective) threads available. The main advantage of threads is that they stimulate collagen and lift without adding volume (bulk) to the face and neck. As with all non-surgical procedures, patient selection is critical.
How does thread lifting work?
Neocollagenesis. In contrast to traditional 'dermal fillers,' which replace collagen with hyaluronic acid, this means stimulating your own collagen. Collagen begins to deteriorate with age in the mid-20s. Your skin will lose 40-50% of its collagen between the ages of 40 and 50. This causes wrinkles, elasticity loss, and dermal volume loss.
Threads perform in two ways. For starters, they can stimulate collagen production by inducing a low-grade inflammatory response in the deeper dermal layers. Patients who have a thread lift to stimulate collagen will notice a gradual improvement in the tone and firmness of their skin. The second mechanism provides tissue lifting. This is possible with more invasive thread lifting techniques that employ suspension or barbed threads.
What are the advantages
of treads over dermal fillers?
The main advantage of thread is that they have the ability to lift without adding volume– super important for treating areas such as the lower face, namely jowls, accordion lines, neck & the jawline areas.
In the context of facial aging, adding volume to areas that are already ‘heavy’ & sagging will result in greater bulk. Threads have the potential to lift without adding bulk. This is why I combine threads with energy devices such as HIFU (Ulthearpy), & RF Radiofrequency as these modalities provide tissue lifting in the deeper dermal, fibroseptal & SMAS layers. The use of controlled energy & collagen stimulation from threads gives a synergistic effect.
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Russian Lips vs Classic Lips
Many people wonder what the distinction is between Russian and Classic lips. Lip shapes and lip techniques are both fantastic, but they accomplish different things and suit different people in different ways.
A heart-shaped lip is created by using the classic lip shape. Classic lips have a full cupid's bow tapering out the edges and a nice and full shape in the center of both the upper and lower lip. They also provide good side projection, making the lips appear juicy and hydrated. The classic lip gives you a fuller-bodied appearance and an all-over plumped effect.
Certain types of faces benefit greatly from the classic lip shape. For example, if your side profile is quite strong, with projection from your nose and chin, your lips should have a level of projection to be in harmony with the rest of your face.
The Russian technique is a collection of techniques used to achieve height on a lip. This means that the pink of the lip is raised higher on the top lip, creating the illusion of a shorter philtrum. Similarly, the bottom lip falls lower, creating a deeper 'v' shape curve toward the chin. The key difference with this technique is that it keeps the lips fairly flat from the side, giving you a more Bratz doll effect.
This technique is ideal for certain faces. For example, if you have really petite features, you don't want really projected lips because even if the lips alone don't look ducky, the overall effect will look disproportionate. It is ideal for people with a longer philtrum or a very thin top lip because it adds the necessary height to achieve facial harmony. Typically, this works best on virgin or unfilled lips so that the previous filler does not interfere with lip lifting. It is possible with minimal filler, but if this is the shape you want and you currently have filler in your lips, we would recommend dissolving the existing filler and starting over.
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We are the leading Aesthetics Clinic in Pensacola FL. We specialize in dermal filler treatments as well as other cosmetic procedures such as Botox, vitamin injections, Biote hormone replacement, and IV drips. Our practitioners are in high demand and perform hundreds of lip transformations each month. Carrington Medical provides both types of lips (Classic and Russian). All of our practitioners have received the highest level of training and continue to invest in their own skills to ensure that you only receive the best results. If you want to book either of these treatments, click the button below.
By Liliya Slutsker, MD
THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP TO YOUR HEALTH
Youth suicide rates have been steadily rising over the past few years. Where do the problems start? And how do they develop further in life? 9.8% of children are diagnosed with ADHD, 8.9% with a behavior problem, then depression, and when we get older many people develop dementia (over 6 million people are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s).
And our solution is generally medication. We treat these problems with
antidepressants, but suicide rates are still rising. We are working hard to develop treatment for Alzheimer’s, but so far, all attempts have been futile. We are gaining weight, getting more sedentary, more depressed, and the only joy for some people is on social media: YouTube, FB, IG, REELS, or Tik-Tok.
I do not propose a cure, but note that it is worth looking at one of the reasonable plausible causes: sleep deprivation.
Evolution worked hard for 3.6 million years selecting the best physiologic mechanism of preserving our mental capacity, and devoting 1/3 of our lifetime to nurture, rest and clean up our brain. Sleep was sacred: no hunting, no eating, no mating.
But then came Thomas Edison with the invention of the light bulb and it was the start in the decline of sleep time and quality. And now with TV and cellphones, the genie is out of the bottle.
When you see a toddler throwing a tantrum on the Walmart floor, and his (or her) mom, says: Oh, he (or she) missed his nap. She knows that it’s important to guard his sleep like a hawk! But how are we protecting our sleep?
There is was a study assessing changes in admission for AMI (Acute Myocardial Infarction) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in BCBS of Michigan Cardiovascular Consortium data base for the dates following the four spring and three fall daylight savings time changes between March 2010 and September 2013. After adjustment for trend and seasonal effects, the Monday following spring time changes was associated with a 24% increase in daily AMI counts and the Tuesday following the fall changes was conversely associated with a 21% reduction.
Not only was AMI affected, but noted increase in: car accidents, suicide attempts, harsher sentences hand out by Federal judges on Monday after losing an hour of sleep.
The effects of sleep deprivation were document in “Science alert”: In 1965, a 16-year old high school student named Randy Gardner stayed awake for 11 days and 24 minutes. As the TED Talk video reports, after just two days of zero sleep, Gardner’s eyes struggled to remain focused, he showed some signs of ataxia – an inability to repeat simple tongue twisters – and he found it difficult to identify objects based purely on touch. According to researcher John J. Ross of the US Navy Medical Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, who was responsible for monitoring the effects of Gardner’s experiment, by day three, he became moody and uncoordinated, and by day five he started hallucinating.
· The fact is that decreased, or fragmented sleep predisposes us to increased blood pressure;
· Gaining weight because we are eating worse food;
· Men who sleep 5-6 hrs. have a testosterone levels of men 10 years older and have fewer sperm;
· Women who sleep 5-6 hrs. also have 30% higher rate of abdominal menstrual cycles.
“When you fight biology, and sleep is one of the most conserved behaviors across all living organisms that we’ve observed, when you fight that kind of innate hard grained biology, you normally lose. And the way that you know that you’ve lost, is disease and sickness, either acute or chronic. At some point a lack of sleep will get you. “Matthew Walker, Ph.D.
And what we can do about it? Should we be waking up in the middle of the night to check our phones like 80% of children do? Or should we we try to get some sleep and clean our brain of all toxic substances accumulated while we were awake and using our brain in full capacity?
One way to help our children sleep better is to have all electronic devices locked in a box during the night (or at least kept out of their room), cooling their bedroom, and maintaining a cool, quiet, and dark environment to help them fall and stay in a sleep for 8 hours. I think, it worth of trying!
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CBD Oil, Cannabidiol or Phyto cannabinoids
It is becoming very popular, but what do we know about it? Which CBD oil is better, which one is best or worst?
CBD stands for cannabidiol and is harvested from the seeds and stalk fibers of Cannabis sativa, otherwise known as hemp.
Marijuana would mean it is containing psychoactive compound THC, harvested from diﬀerent strain, Cannabis Indica strain while Hemp only contains CBD, and extremely low in in psychoactive compound, THC. Marijuana contains CBD and other chemicals, such as THC, which makes people high. Phyto cannabinoids directly interact with cannabinoid receptors in the body, much like a lock and a key. The cannabinoid receptors are part of a unique communication system in the body, known as endocannabinoid system. This system is laced throughout the central nervous system and is distributed among peripheral tissues including the immune and reproductive system, gastrointestinal tract, brain cells, endocrine glands, arteries, lungs and heart.
Phyto cannabinoids have been studied for their potential health supportive eﬀects on the nervous.
The strongest scientific evidence comes from managing childhood epilepsy, not responding to antiseizure medications. CBD was able to reduce the number of seizures, and in some cases it was able to stop them all together. Videos of the eﬀects of CBD on these children and their seizures are available on Internet for viewing, and they are striking.
-CBD helps protect the brain and nervous system by supporting balanced neurotransmitters, proper brain stimulation, and activity. It is commonly addressed to reduce anxiety and for the patient who suﬀered through the misery of insomnia, CBD oil may help to have a restful sleep.
-European studies demonstrated that CBD oil helps inhibits inflammatory and neuropathic pain, two of the most diﬃcult types of chronic pain to control.
-The digestive track appears to have high levels of endocannabinoids. Thus, photo cannabinoids my help to support healthy gastric motility (movements of food through digestive system) as well as healthy appetite.
How safe is CBD oil?
CBD oil might have side eﬀects such as nausea, fatigue or irritability.
CBD can increase the level of the blood thinner Coumadin, and the raise the level of other medication the same way grapefruit juice does A significant safety concern with CBD is that that is primarily sold as a supplement, not a medication it’s not regulated for safety and purity by FDA.
So, you can’t know for sure that’s the product you buy has the active ingredients as listed on the label or it may contain other (unknown) elements. There is also unknown what is the best eﬀective therapeutic dose of CBD for any particular medical condition.
CBD oil can diﬀer by their content.
-Full spectrum CBD is an extract that contains all naturally occurring plant compounds, including terpenes, essential oils, and other cannabinoids.
The full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and essential oil extracted from the plant work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid. This is commonly referred to as the
“ entourage aﬀect”.
The 2005 study from Lautenberg Center for general tumor immunology in Jerusalem showed that full spectrum CBD provides higher levels of relief compared to CBD isolate.
Also, that results showed that full spectrum CBD provided enhanced eﬀects with higher dosages, while the eﬀects of isolate CBD maintain consistent with increased dosages.
The “entourage effect” enhances the product’s health-promoting effects, meaning theoretically smaller amounts can be used to elicit greater benefits. Thus, the entourage effect is vital for ensuring robust Phyto cannabinoid action.
-Isolate CBD oil is the purest form of CBD, produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids.
-Broad spectrum CBD is a bit of a mix between full spectrum CBD and CBD isolate. Like full spectrum CBD the other compounds found within the extract are preserved; however, like CBD isolate THC is completely removed.
Several labeling inaccuracies have been reported. After analyzing 84 CBD products, one group of researchers discovered that nearly 43 percent contained more CBD than advertised.
That’s why it’s important to select a reputable company. These companies will offer lab results from third-party testing and be available to answer your questions.
Beware of any company that promises extreme results, remember that results may differ. A product that works well for a friend or family member may not have the same effects for you.
Sourcing & Purification: In the wild, Cannabis plants easily absorb and accumulatevarious toxins including chemicals such as pesticides, heavy metals, molds and bacteria. Therefore, a controlled growing environment is vital for quality and purification.
Carrington Medical Spa recommends a reputable dietary supplement companies, such as Designs for Health. Designs for Health has open labeling with listings of all ingredients. They are also available to answer all your questions. They only use non GMO, and organic products.
Carrington Medical Spa offers:
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Cannab-FS products contain 100% non-GMO hemp flowers sourced from American farms, grown under The Farm Bill, and are compliant with the strict hemp regulations in states such as Indiana. Cannab-FS products contain less than 0.3% THS. They are offered in either liquid from or easy to swallow soft gels, as well as a variety of doses. Additional terpenes are included in the liquid form offerings for taste enhancements.
-Cannab-FS 300/600 : as a dietary supplement, take 1ml (one dropper full) and hold in mouth 30 seconds before swallowing, or as directed by your health practitioner
-Cannab-FS 450/900 : take one soft gel per day with a meal, or as directed by your health care practitioner
As researchers continue to learn more about CBD, it may have the potential to impact the life of countless individuals.
With continued research, a brighter, healthier, more natural future could be right around the corner!
I hope this article help shed some light on a confusing subject. We take great pleasure in what we do and it’s an honor to serve the community!
Yours in Health, Carrington Medical Spa
What better way to spring into summer? Time to get grilling! Give this heart-healthy and nutritious grilled fish recipe a try!
Add one of our salad or side dish recipes to pair with this delicious banana leaf wrapped fish. This versatile and delicious recipe is bound to be a hit!
Whether you decide to make this recipe with halibut, cod or another variation of white fish you can’t go wrong. White fish is known for its mild flavor and health supporting properties. Rich in vitamin B and high in protein, white fish is also low in fat.
The coconut cilantro sauce utilizes garlic and mint providing an additional health kick. Cilantro contains good amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and dietary fiber. Garlic boasts both flavor with the benefit of antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, supporting your immune system. Mint can support digestion and is a great antioxidant.
Give this recipe a try and enjoy – you can’t go wrong.
Gluten free and Dairy Free
Makes 6 servings
1/2 cup (4 fl. oz.) coconut milk
Juice of 3 limes
1 small bunch fresh cilantro
1/3 cup (1/2 oz.) fresh mint leaves
2 garlic cloves
1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 jalapeño chile, seeds and ribs removed
2 tsp. honey
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
6 white fish fillets, such as halibut or cod, about 6 oz. each
Vegetable oil for brushing
6 large fresh or thawed frozen banana leaves
(Look for banana leaves in Latin American and Asian markets, where they are sometimes sold fresh and can usually be found frozen as well)
1. Prepare a hot fire in a grill.
2. In blender or food processor, combine the coconut milk, lime juice, cilantro, mint, garlic, ginger, jalapeño and honey. Puree until thoroughly combined and fairly smooth. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
3. Brush each of the fish fillets lightly with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Place 1 fish fillet in the center of a banana leaf. Fold the bottom edge of the leaf over the fish, fold in the sides over the fish, and then fold the package away from you to enclose the fish in the leaf. Using kitchen twine, tie the packet closed. Repeat with the remaining fillets and banana leaves.
4. Arrange the banana leaf packets on the grill over direct heat and grill, turning once, until
the tip of a paring knife can be inserted into the fish without any resistance, 8 to 10
5. Transfer the banana leaf packets to individual plates and carefully open them. Serve
immediately with coconut-cilantro sauce alongside.
Roasted vegetables are a good grain alternative with a deeply satisfying taste and more nourishment for your body.
Delicious ingredients in this recipe such as sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and fiber, just choose wisely based on your diet plan since root vegetables can be higher in carbohydrates.
Beets are often overlooked when choosing vegetables for roasting, but they are a healthy source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and many other minerals. But, it’s the specific combinations and concentrations of elements found only within beets that give this veggie its cancer-fighting and disease preventing power.
Be sure to include some red onions, as they have long been associated with lower risk of many types of the disease – including ovarian, bowel and breast cancer, thanks to several anti-cancer compounds including quercetin and anthocyanins – which give the red variety their color.
These roasted vegetables make a quick and easy side dish that will fill you and your family up!
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan
- About 6 cups of a variety of organic vegetables – such as sweet potatoes, parsnip, carrots, small potatoes, beets, or onions
- Olive oil
- Rosemary – fresh or dried
- Salt and black pepper + optional red pepper flakes for some extra zing
1. Cut your veggies into 1-inch cubes.
2. Toss in a bowl with the organic virgin olive oil, salt, and seasonings.
3. Spread into a single layer on a baking tray and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Cover the tray for 30 minutes, then bake uncovered for the remaining time to crisp up.
4. The vegetables should be tender, but not mushy when done. Enjoy!
Recipe Inspiration: Aviva Romm