Benefits of CBD Oil

What is CBD Oil?

CBD is the abbreviation used for cannabidiol, which is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. By diluting the extract with an oil, such as avocado, coconut, or hemp seed, CBD can be used for therapeutic use. Even though CBD is derived from the cannabis plant, it does not contain THC (the psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana). Just as many flower families include several variations, there are different forms of hemp in which these compounds derive. CBD oil can provide therapeutic relief in many ways, with many individuals reporting feeling healthier in areas of sleep, appetite and digestion, mood, immune function, pain, motor control, as well as pleasure and reward centers in the brain.

How Does CBD Oil Work?

After several decades of research, scientists have discovered that the mammalian body and brain house an endocannabinoid system (ECS) with specific receptors located in the brain, central and peripheral nervous systems, digestive tract, immune system, and endocrine system. This is a unique communication system within the body that affect many functions, including how a person may react, think, and move. It is similar to a lock and key model with two primary receptor points. The first primary cannabinoid receptor is CB1 and the second is CB2, both functioning as lock models. CB1 receptors are abundant in the central nervous system, while CB2 receptors are more often found on immune cells, in the gastrointestinal tract, and in the peripheral nervous system. Endocannabinoids are specialized keys that unlock the possibilities of the ECS and strive for optimal balance, or homeostasis, within the body and brain.
Most people don’t know that cannabidiols naturally exist within several systems of the human body.

How Do I Use CBD Oil?

There are multiple methods in which CBD can be administered. Sublingual drops under the tongue and using a vape pen are the most popular among CBD users. These methods have the quickest delivery of symptom relief, due to the high levels of bioavailability. Capsules are also available for oral use; however, the effects may take longer to notice. This is because it is reliant on digestion and absorption factors. Topical application for various skin conditions, as well as chronic pain, and inflammation are becoming more and more popular because the CBD is well absorbed into the skin and tissue.

Among many CBD users have been shown to result in faster relief and relaxation is muscle tissue.

Why Choose Sculptra Over a HA Filler

Sculptra is a stimulatory injectable filler composed of poly-L-lactic acid. It is biocompatible, meaning it is not harmful to the surrounding living tissue. It works by way of neocollagenesis, or stimulation of the body to produce its own collagen at the site of injection. Neocollagenesis triggers the targeted area to firm, tighten, lift and smooth the overlying skin. This is beneficial in areas of depressed skin caused by facial lipoatrophy (fat loss). This includes skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars, and overall aging.

The injection itself is biodegradable and is absorbed by the body within one week. It is the response it creates that leads to the volume increase. The poly-L-lactic acid causes a localized inflammatory reaction, causing fibroblasts to infiltrate the area, encapsulating the injected implant with thin-walled collagen. The poly-L-lactic acid, itself, degrades into lactic acid leaving behind residual crystals. Over time, the crystals lead to collagen production causing the formation of fibrous connective tissue around the implant (fibroplasia) and thus a gradual thickening of the dermis.

This differs from other injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, which cannot stimulate fibroblasts but instead stretches the existing collagen fibers through displacement of the area, leading to a short-term fix. Though the volume increase in Sculptra may take anywhere from three to six months to develop, the results persist upwards of two years. For this reason, Sculptra should be considered one of the first options for cosmetic rejuvenation.

Elizabeth Sippey PA-Resident
Essentials Medispa & Salon

The Verdict on Botox

It is not infrequently that I hear the comment, “I’m not vain’ or “I want to grow old gracefully,” or “at my age, what does it matter? What is implied in all these comments? Is there a commonality amongst them? Should we not care about how our faces decline as they age? Don’t we have a choice besides watching our looks transform and do nothing, of course, we do! Science and medicine have improved our lives in so many ways, this is just another way of remaining well.

First, instead of answering these questions directly, I might ask a woman patient about the beautiful clothing they were wearing, or maybe I would compliment them on their hairstyle or how perfectly polished their nails are. With a man maybe comment on the level of fitness, head of hair or his nice watch. My question is, are these measures vain? Is it a character flaw, wanting to present oneself in the best light? Is it “not okay” to wear nice clothes or to pamper ourselves?

Folks will spend hours and hours at the gym reshaping their bodies, buy great gym clothes and the best supplements. Hire top trainers and fitness and diet coaches. They spend thousands of dollars on lotions and potions and over the counter anti-aging “medicines” and herbs. Runners buy shoes and pedometers and join health clubs. The quest for the beautiful body of our dreams seems to be widely accepted without question. So, why is the advanced, safe and proven treatments in medical aesthetics somehow vain?

Well, the fact is that self-improvement and investing in medical aesthetics has been found to build self-esteem and confidence. Medical aesthetics has proven to be reliable, safe and much more affordable than ever. Some studies show that an attractive face, scores higher on attraction models than those of the body, especially as we age.

There is nothing else that can halt the progression of the aging face. No cream can counteract the effect of facial volume loss. Rhytids (wrinkles) are inevitable unless the muscles are relaxed, long term Retin-A or skin resurfacing device is used. The advancement of this specialty over the last decade has been amazing. The melding of long-term corrections for the aging face and regenerative medicine holds great promise. We are living longer, and it is just logical that we want to look as good as we feel. No one says “I have a migraine but I want to tolerate it gracefully, we take the Excedrin”!

I recall a patient explicitly saying, “I have earned every wrinkle on my 60-year-old face.” I say, “That may be true, but what about the grey hair on your head”? (as blonde highlighted auburn locks shine, ( from afternoon re-coloring), the twinkle in my eyes evident to her, she laughs out loud!

I rest my case.

Best of health,

Brian Whaley ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Is Laser Hair Removal Right for You?

Laser hair removal allows you the freedom to stop shaving, waxing, plucking and pulling unwanted hair from your body. Laser hair removal is appropriate for men or women and most parts of the body. The procedure works best on patients with naturally dark, coarse hair and usually do not work with very light, or fine hair. Regardless of whether unwanted hair is due to a personal preference or is a source of shame, let Essentials Medispa and Salon help eradicate your unwanted hair!

What is laser hair removal?

Laser hair removal is the process of using a pulsating laser beam to remove hair from your body permanently. It is non-invasive and performed by a licensed skin care expert. It is entirely safe for any healthy adult and is successfully on many areas of the body.

What parts of the body can be treated?

Extra Small Area: Upper lip, chin, sideburns, cheeks, areolas, nose, forehead, hands, eyebrows, feet or ears
Small Area: Underarms, bikini line, happy trail, upper lip and chin, inner or outer thigh, jawline, upper or lower arms, or two extra small areas combined
Medium Area: Brazilian, buttocks, upper back, upper legs, lower legs, back neck, front neck, upper chest, full face, full arms or two small areas combined
Large Area: Full legs, full front, full back, or medium and small area combined

How does laser hair removal work?

During your procedure, our staff will hold a wand on your skin which contains a laser. When initiated, that laser beam will pass through your skin to the hair follicles. The light from the laser is absorbed by the melanin (or pigment) in the hair and converted to heat which damages the hair follicles. This damage makes future hair growth from that follicle difficult or impossible thereby leaving you hair free in that area. Although the procedure may sound painful, it is not. There may be some minor discomfort during the process which you should indicate to your skin care specialist.

What happens after the procedure?

Redness or swelling of the treated area may be noticeable for the first few hours after the procedure. Ice or cooling gels may be recommended immediately after laser hair removal to reduce pain. Over the next days and weeks, you will begin to shed the hair from the treated area. Since hair has four stages of the growth cycle, you will need subsequent treatments to make sure you have addressed hair in each stage. Typically, a series of two to six treatments are required based upon the location of the area being treated.

What are the risks of laser hair removal?

The risks vary based upon skin type, hair color, treatment plan and adherence to pre-treatment and post-treatment care. The most common side effects include temporary discomfort, redness, swelling, skin irritation, changes in the pigment of the affected area. In rare cases, laser hair removal can cause blistering, crusting, scarring or excessive hair growth around the treated areas. Laser hair removal should never be performed on eyelids, eyebrows or surrounding areas as the laser beam could cause severe eye injury. (1)

Ready to try laser hair removal?

Stop fighting unwanted hair with messy and painful treatments. We have a better solution for you! We offer a convenient monthly payment plan that is interest-free to get you on your way to being hair free. Contact our office today to schedule your initial consultation for laser hair removal. We will perform our state-of-the-art laser technology on that pesky hair and leave you feeling pampered and ready to bare all. Our laser hair removal treatments come with a 2-year guarantee. If you are not entirely hair free within two years, your additional procedures are free. Essentials Medispa & Salon in Melbourne, FL serves patients in the Orlando and Central Florida area.


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Essentials Medispa & Salon’s Spring Journal Now Available

Essentials now offers cutting edge rejuvenation using Stem Cell Therapy

What are Stem Cells?
This new regeneration and rejuvenation technique is the cutting edge in medicine.  We are now up and running and ready to treat our patients to this therapy.  In a nutshell, MSCs are derived from the Placentas of newborn babies.  All mothers are screened and consented, and the cells are grown in FDA approved labs in the USA.  The cells are separated, and the best ones are called “golden cells,” these cells are treated with antimicrobials and are flash frozen to minus 350 degrees Celsius and shipped to us.

What can Stem Cells do?
Stem cells are being used in all types of disease processes, and various disciplines have found they hold great promise for their patients.  Groundbreaking results have been seen in the debilitating illness of the central nervous system that was formerly considered irreversible or untreatable.  Treatment of Joint disease and pain have become common,  applied to wellness and anti-aging medicine the results have been no less amazing, aging does not have to be a slow degenerative unstoppable process, the years come, but the degeneration can be mitigated.

I heard Stem Cells are fetal tissue, is this true?
Some common misconceptions about stem cell are the idea the fetal tissue is used.  This is not true, that is an entirely different line of cells.  Fetal cells have been implicated in causing tumor growth in one case in Russia.  We do not use Fetal cells, they are derived from aborted human fetuses, and federal law is stringent on this practice. We do not use any Fetal tissue and are not involved in those practices.  Here at Essentials Medispa we utilize ethical, informed consented and voluntarily donated placental-derived stem cells exclusively. This is cutting edge science, and I will be catching everyone up on the latest studies and some more of the SC 101 basics.  Imagine living cells designed to heal us with the ability to replicate or repair any tissue in the human body, given like a medication…science fiction no more.

Best of health,

Brian G Whaley ARNP- BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cell 101: Ethics

In the early part of the 21 century, the controversy of using embryonic cells or Human fetal cells reached all the way to the presidency and federal lawmakers. A ban was instated for the use of these tissues and thus was codified into U.S. statutes. This cast a justifiable ethical cloud on these studies and a public perception problem, what was not widely known was Adult Stem cells were already known to be safer and more powerful.

The fact is the Fetal and embryonic studies were unsuccessful and riddled with side effects and complications, but adult stem cells could be harvested from our bodies with greater efficacy was somehow lost in the controversy. This cloud persisted in public perception even though the practice was stopped in the USA almost two decades ago. MSCs

It was slightly later that the not so well known, MSCs stem cells (Mesenchymal) could be derived from the Placentas of healthy newborn babies. These cells are so potent and robust that they are considered to be the cell of choice, exceeding adult stem cells in all parameters of anti-inflammation and regeneration. This understanding and over 50,000 cases worldwide without issue has solved the ethical and legal problems for us in this field.

The use of placental umbilical cord MSCs is ethical with healthy volunteer donors who are consented and medically screened. The FDA has oversight of all the laboratories in the USA. We adhere to this ethical practice model and agree that adherence to the safe and morally sound collection of MSCs from placentas was the right way to go.

The use of this naturopathic cellular “medicine” is at the cutting edge of science, and we want to share this with our patients. We also have moral and ethical principles instilled in us healers in our oath ell “do no harm.” We all share feeling that what we do is good for humanity and will lead us to breakthroughs and life-sustaining treatments. In this regard our consciences are clear, and we can sleep at night, knowing our oaths are upheld.

Best of health,

Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cells and Aging

Essentials Medispa strives to be a destination for wellness in Viera Florida. Brian Whaley ARNP -BC has brought his expertise in Regenerative medicine to our community with the latest safest, and most useful stem cells therapies from FDA approved sources. Today we discuss aging, and the role stem cells play in aging.

Frailty as a consequence of aging is a significant health concern. Today rather than being an inevitable outcome in the elderly, frailty has been pre-supposed as a medical condition. Frailty is defined as a clinical syndrome with three or more of the following criteria: Unintended weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, low physical activity and loss of muscle mass.

One cause for frailty is the decrease in the number and robustness of these cells, each person has a finite number. Like a bank account we withdraw as we need, and as in real life some are born rich, and some are born poor. In this regard, you may know someone who is 80 and looks 60 or maybe even vise versa. The lifestyle and endowment both impact our longevity and youthfulness.

The fountain of youth seems to already be in us, but we use it up or by hard lifestyles overuse them, in any case, once the degeneration vs. regeneration ratio is inverse we spiral into frailty unless supplemented or rehabilitated. The aging stem cells we carry slow down as well, they do not divide quickly and are merely aging along with us. Once nearly depleted the only choice is a fresh supply. It is posited that most over 50 are on the way to frailty. The MSCs we obtain here at Essentials Medispa are of the highest quality, youngest and most potent available.

In the placenta the new MSCs will divide every 24 hours, by age 35 division is every 48 hours and at 65 years every 60 hours division. That equates to a 30 day tally of 1 billion, 32,000 or 200 cells available respectively to each age. It is clear that these “Baby” stem cells are far far superior. This new supply is abundant in the secretion of trophic factors and demonstrated an effect on anti-inflammatory processes.

Current studies at The University of Miami has shown that patients treated with MSCs are able to return to more independent lifestyles and activities of daily living. In the younger frailty group increase in muscle mass and strength was demonstrated and overall feeling of wellbeing, with renewed interest in social activities, exercise, and increased libido.

The use in athletes for recovery has also made strides in this approach to healing, but that will be in the next installment. I am Brian Whaley, and I am available for a free consultation here at Essentials Medispa located here in Viera Florida.

Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director

Stem Cells and Exosomes

It used to be thought that the stem cells we have were able to transform into new tissue and replace damaged cells with the newly converted stem cells. It has become more evident over the last 20 years that these cells are carrying a cellular pharmacy. The internal compounds chemicals and parts of these cells have the healing medicine for every organ or tissue they are embedded in, explained Brian Whaley ARNP-BC Director of Rejuvenation here at Essentials Medispa.

Exosomes are the small molecular contents of the stem cell. They regenerate and help proliferate cells in wound healing, they contained protein, peptides, DNA and RNA in cell bodies, that once released to inflamed tissue, healing occurs. Injured cells are reprogrammed to be healthy again. The sharing of mitochondria (power plant) with damaged cells promote division and replication in energy-depleted cells as well. Messenger RNA and potent trophic and anti-inflammatory mediators bathe the site as well.

In our bodies, the cells located for each cell type is in proximity to each tissue type and are recruited from local stores. The heart has its own specific myocardial cells so, in a heart attack scenario, cardiac stem cells respond. This is an efficient and pristine system that is finite and can be depleted, the ability to use exosomes is available separate from live stem cells and although not specifically to a tissue type is very useful in wound healing.

Here at Essentials Medspa in Viera Florida, we have opted for the Live cell approach in regenerative treatments. Our Director, Brian Whaley ARNP-BC had been using this method in the Seattle and Tacoma area before relocating to Florida.” Extreme pain was a driver of many patient visits”. Limitation of function and strength was our primary goal without surgery or narcotic pain control. The barriers to exosome only treatments were explained like this. “Think of the living stem cells as the ambulance, the driver of the ambulance has navigation to an area that is signaling inflammation. The ambulance driver goes to the site of inflammation by a honing mechanism. Once the cell is in the location, it parks around the site and cycles through division and releases the EMTs from inside the ambulance to the injured cells. The medicine is delivered, and cellular reprogramming occurs. You can give an injection in the arm, and the stem cells will end up propagating in an area far away from the entrance.

These stem cells are derived from umbilical cords from the placentas of healthy live born babies are the most potent of all stem cells. Depletion of stem cells do and will occur as we age or suffer injuries and illness. The replenishment from a donor is how we get a transfusion of blood and plasma and other, and in stem cells, this is considered to be the best way as well.

Feel free to come in for a consult, there is no charge and Essentials Medspa is a five-star destination in the space coast serving this community for the last 19 years.

Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
Rejuvenation Director