Is There An Alternative to Microdermabrasion?

Procedure of Microdermabrasion.

Is There An Alternative to Microdermabrasion?

In 1985, Microdermabrasion was introduced to the world by Drs. Marini and Lo Brutto in Italy revolutionized skin resurfacing.  By 2005, microdermabrasion was one of the top five aesthetic procedures performed in the U.S. The FDA classifies microdermabrasion machines as Class 1 medical devices, meaning they can be sold without demonstration of clinical efficacy and operated without medical supervision. 

In the hands of a skilled Aesthetician, microdermabrasion is a virtually painless, non-invasive procedure that targets dead skin cells while leaving viable cells alone.  Our patients at Red Bamboo report feeling renewed and totally refreshed immediately after treatment.  We use the BellaDerma microdermabrasion machine, which was developed by the original inventor of this type of medical device, physicist Al Metcalf.  It stimulates collagen and can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scarring. 

During the procedure, the Aesthetician guides a handheld device over the skin to provide a light, gentle abrasion.  The American College of Dermatology recommends microdermabrasion for acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sunspots, age spots, and dull complexions.  So why would you consider anything but microdermabrasion as a treatment for these issues?  Because science marches on, and new techniques have been developed that are equally effective for most cases, and in some cases can provide even better results.

After beauty home spa procedure woman looks at perfect skin in mirror touch face feels satisfied.

What are some of the top alternatives to microdermabrasion?

In 2015, Red Bamboo began offering a new alternative to microdermabrasion called Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion.  It provides all the benefits of microdermabrasion while it infuses the skin with carefully selected nutrients.  The dermal infusion skin treatment uses the same diamond tip as microdermabrasion to buff away dead skin cells. Still, it is unique in that it simultaneously infuses the skin with nutrient-dense serums specifically designed to revitalize the skin.

Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion Treatments are often called the “lunchtime” Facial rejuvenation treatments because they are quick and require no downtime.  Makeup can be reapplied immediately after the procedure, usually complete in 30 minutes or less. At Red Bamboo Medi Spa, we also include a facial mask, a hand, and arm massage, and warm towels with our Diamond Glow Dermalinfusion treatment for a relaxing, rejuvenating full-hour experience.

Tattoo artists noticed that the skin of their tattooed clients was softer in the area of the tattoo compared to the surrounding skin.  It was determined this was the result of the tiny needle punctures used to apply the ink.  That observation led to the development of micro-needling, where tiny needles are used to penetrate the surface of the skin.  The minor damage the needles cause triggers the skin’s own repair process of producing collagen and elastin, which results in young-looking skin. 

Chemical peels are another alternative to microdermabrasion.  Also a minimally invasive facial treatment, chemical peels use a natural chemical solution to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, age spots, and hyperpigmentation.  Light chemical peels typically require a multi-step process where ten-minute treatments are performed monthly until you achieve your desired results.

Face of a young girl after a cosmetic procedure of chemical peeling close-up. The concept before and after.

Red Bamboo Medi-Spa uses Image Skincare Clinical Couture® Designer Peels

These include the following treatments:

Wrinkle Lift Peel

This resurfacing glycolic and retinol treatment visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines by exfoliating dead surface cells, leaving the skin firmer and healthier. Generally, only mild flaking of the skin occurs with this treatment.

Ormedic Enzyme Lift Peel

This non-chemical peel harnesses the power of natural enzymes from pineapple, papaya, and passion fruit to rebalance, regenerate, and restore the skin. It is safe for all skin types and can be performed on pregnant women. No peeling of the skin occurs with this treatment.

Acne Lift Peel

This safe and outstanding alpha and beta hydroxy acid formula reduces and treats all kinds of acne while resurfacing and smoothing the skin after just one treatment.

Beta Lift Peel

This powerful non-blended beta hydroxy acid treatment improves skin prone to cystic acne breakouts. This salicylic acid peel provides smoother skin, oil reduction, and reduction of active acne within 24 hours.

Perfection Lift Peel

This self-neutralizing modified Jessner’s peel is a next-generation blend of advanced exfoliating and revitalizing ingredients that rejuvenates and repairs moderate to severe acne and addresses aging and pigmentation concerns.

The Signature Lift (formerly the 4 Layer  Lift)

A results-driven treatment that combines Vitamin C, hydroxy acids, and enzymes to speed up cellular renewal. This treatment energizes, detoxifies, soothes, and produces noticeable results in one session 

Lightening Lift Peel

Uneven complexions have met their match. This results-driven treatment combines the most innovative and effective botanical brighteners and anti-aging peptides that will leave the skin looking younger and luminous.

Ask one of our Medical Aestheticians which treatment is right for you.

Everyone’s skin is unique, so it’s important to weigh all your options and choose a skilled Medi-Spa team that can recommend and perform the treatment that’s best for your specific needs.  To learn more, visit

Thinking About Fillers? Science And Experience Matter.

woman with arrows on her face

If you’re thinking about eliminating volume loss, sagging, and wrinkles in your face with fillers, you’re not alone. According to the 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Americans underwent 15.6 million cosmetic procedures in that year, of which 4.4 million were Botox, Jeuveau, and Xeomin, and 3.4 million were soft tissue fillers. Volume-enhancing fillers like Juvéderm, Belotero, and Radiesse can lift cheeks, minimize deep lines around the nose, fill in hollows under eyes, and even rejuvenate the hands when in the hands of an experienced Aesthetic Physician like Dr. Francis Toscano, M.D., FACEP, Medical Director of Red Bamboo Medi-Spa.

Dr. Toscano has been named a “Master Injector” by Allergan, the maker of Juvéderm, and a “Platinum Level” Injector by Merz, the maker of Radiesse and Belotero. Dr. Toscano has been an aesthetic injector for over 14 years. His expertise is key to improving facial contours with fillers for subtle, natural-looking, and beautiful results.

doctor making marks on clients face before filler injections in aesthetics medical clinic

What are the differences between fillers and neuromodulators?

Neuromodulators (like Botox, Jeuveau, and Xeomin) “freeze” muscles to reduce wrinkles, while fillers smooth out the skin by filling in hollows, volume loss, and deep wrinkles. Due to its ability to store moisture, hyaluronic acid is perfect for giving skin a plump, hydrated look—both in the face and the hands.  Your body’s natural production of hyaluronic acid diminishes as you age, so injectable HA helps to replenish and plump up the skin. 

Typically, fillers are used in the lower face, in areas where there are wrinkles and volume loss.  Neurotoxins are primarily for the upper face and are used to soften lines between the eyes and lift the brows.  An Aesthetic Physician has a thorough understanding of facial anatomy, and knows which injectable is right for your specific need. 

For instance, Juvéderm and RHA(Resilient Hyaluronic Acid) Fillers are good for addressing volume loss in the lips, and marionettes. Belotero offers some unique qualities not found in other fillers. It is thinner, smooth, and completely colorless, making it ideal for filling in fine lines, wrinkles, and etchings. In fact, it is the only filler Dr. Toscano uses for the tear troughs and the hollows under the eyes.  Radiesse and RHA(Resilient Hyaluronic Acid) fillers are the preferred fillers for the elevation of cheeks to correct mid-face volume loss.

woman wrinkles before and after treatments

What areas are most commonly treated with dermal filler injections

In the face, the most common areas for treatment with facial fillers are the tear troughs (under eyes), the lips, around the mouth, the nose (non-surgical rhinoplasty), the jaw, and the chin. Signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, smile lines, frown lines, and a dimpled chin can be corrected with the proper application of neuromodulators like Botox, Jeuveau, and Xeomin.

Like your face and neck, your hands are likely to become thinner and more wrinkled as you age.  Dr. Toscano was the first physician in Pinellas County to inject filler into the hands. He prefers Radiesse for this treatment, which is delivered through 1.5 cc syringes that provide more volume than other fillers.

How long do fillers last? 

Radiesse facial filler can typically last for up to 12 months and sometimes longer. For filler treatment to the lips, a topical numbing cream is applied for 30 minutes prior to treatment as well as the application of ice, and lidocaine is added to the filler for patient comfort. Juvéderm, RHA, and Belotero typically need a maintenance treatment typically from nine to 12 months, while neuromodulators like Jeuveau, Xeomin, and Botox, are usually re-injected every three to four months.  The level of discomfort is very minimal during a neuromodulator treatment due to expert guidance of the tiny needle by a Board-certified Aesthetic Physician like Dr. Frank Toscano. 

Schedule a free consultation to see if fillers and neuromodulators are right for you. 

Learn more by visiting our website, then book your appointment today.  A healthier, more youthful-looking you is not only achievable, but you’ll love the long-lasting results you get from the experienced staff at Red Bamboo Medi Spa.

How To Have A Fulfilling Sex Life At Any Age

Menopause and perimenopause (the years leading up to it) can have a profound effect on a woman’s sex drive.  During this time, estrogen in a woman’s system plummets, which can lower desire and make the vaginal canal dryer and less elastic, which can make intercourse somewhat painful.  According to John Hopkins Medicine, more than a third of women in perimenopause or who are post-menopausal report sexual difficulties, including a lack of sex drive and trouble reaching climax. 


But there is a simple, effective, virtually painless way to reverse this trend and enjoy a fulfilling sex life well into your later years.  It’s called the PRP O-Shot.  The PRP O-shot (O stands for orgasm) is a cosmetic procedure where platelet rich plasma, which is centrifuged and separated from your own blood, is injected around the clitoris and within the vaginal walls to promote 


blood flow and cell growth.  This increases sensitivity, sexual drive, and enhanced sexual sensation. 


What exactly is rich platelet plasma?

Platelet rich plasma is the portion of your blood that contains all the growth factors that help us heal ourselves.  When we are small children and we scraped our knee, a scab is formed and when the scab falls off, there is nice new pink skin that grew in its place.  That healthy new skin was stimulated to form via the platelet rich plasma in your blood.  By isolating and concentrating your PRP, we can use it wherever it’s needed to aid in healing, or in the case of the PRP O-shot, in the restoration of blood vessels and nerves. 


But PRP O-shots aren’t just for more mature women. 

Many women experience changes in sexual function following pregnancy and the birth of their babies.  Likewise, some women experiencing mild urinary incontinence can see needed relief and fewer leaks after PRP O-shot injections. PRP has been used extensively to treat sports injuries, aid in recovery from surgery, and even treat medical conditions like hair loss


While scientists don’t yet fully understand how it works, it appears that the platelets may have some kind of healing and restorative properties when injected into an injured part of the body by releasing up to 35 different healing substances Trusted Source or growth factors.

Many doctors use PRP to treat muscular wounds and broken bones and claim it greatly speeds healing time.


What does a PRP O-shot entail?

At Red Bamboo Medi Spa, we’ve been providing PRP O-shots since 2010.  In fact, we use rich platelet plasma to rejuvenate skin, soften scars, soothe inflamed tendons, strengthen rotator cuffs, improve the sensitivity of nipples after breast enhancement, and repair defects from over-zealous liposuction.  We are one of the few practices certified by the American Cosmetic Medicine Association to perform the PRP O-shot.  


The first step of the PRP O-Shot treatment involves drawing a sample of your blood and isolating PRP via centrifuge, a process that takes roughly 10 minutes to complete. While the blood is being processed, an anesthetic will be applied to the injection site. Once the PRP has been isolated and the treatment area is sufficiently numbed, the PRP is injected into the clitoris and upper vagina through a very fine, thin needle.


The O-shot itself takes only seconds, and the whole procedure, from the time you walk in until the time you walk is out only 20 minutes.  Better yet, you can resume normal activity, including sex, immediately with no downtime.  


Find out if you’re a good candidate for the PRP O-shot.

At Red Bamboo Medi Spa, we’re happy to evaluate your concerns and provide recommendations on whether a PRP O-shot would be a good course of treatment for you.  Learn more by visiting

Forget Everything You Thought You Knew About Liposuction

You take good care of yourself. You eat right. You exercise. Yet, you might still have some stubborn pockets of fat that make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. There’s an easy remedy–SmartLipo. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Liposuction ranks as the second most popular surgical procedure, and SmartLipo is the new gold standard in liposuction.

Liposuction comes with some risks that aren’t present in SmartLipo. Traditional liposuction uses a cannula and physical manipulation to suction fat from beneath the skin. SmartLipo, on the other hand, uses medical lasers to heat and soften or in some cases liquify that fat, making it easier to remove with the cannula, which in turn, results in less bruising and a faster recovery. While traditional liposuction requires the use of compression garments post-procedures for up to six weeks, most SmartLipo patients realize a full recovery in just a couple of days, and typically only need to wear compression garments for about a week.

Red Bamboo Medi-Spa’s Dr. Francis Toscano was awarded Best SmartLipo in Tampa Bay by Dupont Registry Magazine and named a Doctor of Distinction by Tampa Bay Metro Magazine.



Here’s what you can expect

At your initial consultation Dr. Toscano, who has been certified by Cynosure and has performed well over a thousand SmartLipo procedures, will explain in great detail what you can expect to experience during and after the procedures. You will then discuss the areas you want to target with SmartLipo.

On the day of your procedure, we settle you into a tranquil, serene setting with soothing music playing, stunning artwork on the walls, and the light calming scent of lavender aromatherapy (or your preference of essential oil) perfuming the room. Dr. Toscano’s then numbs the area, makes a tiny incision about the size of the tip of a pencil, and aestheticizes the area under the skin. There is no need for any IV or general anesthesia, only local anesthesia is used. Once the area is totally numb, Dr. Toscano expertly guides a fiber optic thread about the size of a piece of spaghetti that targets the laser’s energy and melts the fat while it tightens the skin. He then painlessly suctions out the softened fat while you relax. You can even enjoy a light snack during the procedure.


(Before and After of SmartLipo at Red Bamboo Medi Spa)

After the procedure.

Dr. Toscano will probably recommend that you wear compression on certain areas treated for a week or less.  You might have minimal bruising or a little soreness in the area, which can usually be controlled with over-the-counter pain relief.  You can resume normal activities in about 24 hours in most cases.  


The history of SmartLipo.

In 1975, Drs. Arpad and Giorgio Fisher were the first cosmetic surgeons to perform liposuction.  The father/son duo were the first to use a “blunt” method which allowed them to obtain better and more predictable results with many fewer complications.  Until 1987, liposuction was performed under general anesthesia.  In February of 2007, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the SmartLipo laser for liposuction procedures.  This made the process of removing unwanted fat that’s resistant to diet and exercise, smoothing cellulite, and tightening skin laxity virtually pain-free, minimally invasive, and much easier to recover from.  An added benefit is that SmartLipo is much less expensive than traditional liposuction.  


Call today for a free consultation

Learn more by visiting our website, then book your appointment today.  Get the body you’ve always dreamed you could have with a little help from Dr. Toscano and our expert staff at Red Bamboo

A Dermatologist’s Top 5 Anti-Aging Secrets

A Dermatologist’s Top 5 Anti-Aging Secrets

At Home Face Mask

The old saying that beauty comes from within is certainly true when it comes to holding back the effects of the hands of time.  Since the skin is the body’s largest organ, it’s no wonder that visible signs of aging typically display themselves on our faces first–the part of our skin that is the most exposed to the environment on a daily basis.  


We asked Red Bamboo Medi-Spa’s very own Dr. Francis E. Toscano, M.D., FACEP to share his thoughts on what he recommends our clients do to reduce the visible signs of aging.  Here are his top five recommendations for sustainable youthfulness.  


  1. Follow a good skincare routine.

A gentle touch and a gentle cleansing formula are the best way to start any skincare regimen.  Skin tends to get less oily and more sensitive as we age, so it’s important to be light with your touch when cleansing your face.  It’s also a good idea to upgrade your moisturizer to one that contains anti-aging peptides, which are the short-chain amino acid proteins that feed the skin nutrition in order to add more collagen formation. Bakuchiol is a powerful plant extract that acts just like retinol without the drying and flaky side effects of a retinoid for skin rejuvenation. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that lightens, brightens, and tightens the skin and prevents cellular damage to the skin from the environment. Be sure to exfoliate your skin once a week to keep it firm and healthy. 


  1. Always use sunscreen.

Sun damage is one of the most common skin conditions we see at Red Bamboo, and it’s very preventable if you incorporate the use of sunscreen into your daily routine.  Regular use of sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher is preferable and can help prevent age spots and discoloration.  Choose sunscreens that have a moisturizing component, rather than those with sprays and gels that contain alcohol and can dry out your skin.  Many moisturizing sunscreens also contain antioxidants to protect the collagen in your skin.




  1. Get balanced nutrition and proper hydration every day. 

What happens on the outside of your body has much to do with what you put into it.  Choose foods that contain nutrients, proteins and enzymes that nourish the skin, such as colorful berries like blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries for antioxidants and yellow and orange root vegetables that have a high level of beta-carotene.  Salmon is high in omega-3s, which have a whole host of benefits to youthful-looking skin.  It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking six to eight glasses of water each day.  Decaffeinated beverages count, too, but limit the amount of caffeinated ones which can dehydrate you.  


  1. Exercise daily.

Even moderate exercise every day can improve circulation and boost the immune system.  This, in turn, gives your skin a more youthful appearance.  The added benefit if that you’ll also have more energy and more incentive to keep up the good work when you see the fruits of your labor in the mirror.  


Treatment at Red Bamboo


  1. Clinical treatments to consider.

Every day, we help men and women turn back the clock five, ten or even 15 years through proven therapies.  Botox is one of those and works to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by relaxing the muscles that cause them in the first place.  Treatments take only a few minutes and can last for months.  Dr. Toscano was recently recognized by Allergan, makers of Botox Cosmetic, as a Master Injector, so you know you’re in good hands.  Xeomin Cosmetic is another neuro-modulator option, but with a slightly different make-up than Botox.  Xeomin lacks a protein coat, so it’s faster acting than Botox.


Facial fillers, like our newest Resilient Hyaluronic Acid (RHA) from Geneva, Switzerland,  Juvéderm, and Restylane are ideal for plumping the lips.  Boletero can reduce fine lines and etchings in the skin.  Radiesse can lift the cheek, minimize lines around the mouth and nose, fill in hollows under the eyes, and rejuvenate the skin on your hands.  In fact, Dr. Toscano was the first physician in Pinellas County certified to inject filler into hands.  


The newest “wrinkle” in wrinkle-reduction is Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRPPRP uses your own blood’s plasma, platelets, stem cells, and growth factors, which are then reapplied to your skin to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, acne, other scars, and even stretch marks.  


Learn more by visiting our website, then book your appointment today.  A healthier, more youthful-looking you is your hands, with a little help from our expert staff at Red Bamboo.  

Summer’s Here: Why It’s the Perfect Time for Laser Hair Removal

Summer’s Here: Why It’s the Perfect Time for Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can be life-changing, and that’s not an exaggeration. From saying goodbye to those irritating shaving nicks to saving thousands of dollars in waxing over the years, not to mention eliminating itchy and frustrating stubble, laser hair removal is the best way to make your summers more enjoyable than ever. If you’ve been looking for a low-maintenance hair removal solution that fits your lifestyle and needs, no matter what they are, then look no further than this cutting-edge procedure that’s taken the cosmetic world by storm. Today, we’re going over everything you need to know about laser hair removal: what it is, how it works, and why this summer is the perfect time to get it done. Let’s jump in!

What Is Laser Hair Removal?

Basically, laser hair removal is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser light to remove body hair. The laser in question renders the hair follicle unable to produce hair, which means that it prevents any hair growth for a long time. Tiny, targeted lasers are emitted straight onto each strand of hair. The laser is then absorbed through the hair’s melanin, and its heat shoots straight into the hair follicle, killing it and making it unable to continue producing hair. Though it can sound intimidating, laser hair removal does not damage the skin itself when administered correctly by a licensed professional. It is a safe and effective procedure when it comes to getting rid of unwanted body hair in various areas of the body, including:

  • Underarms
  • Legs
  • Bikini area
  • Arms
  • Upper Lip
  • Chin

The Benefits of Laser Hair Removal

There are so many benefits to this increasingly popular procedure. So many, in fact, that it is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country; more than 1.1 million laser hair removal treatments were administered in 2017 alone. This is because laser hair removal is an easy way to get rid of unwanted body hair long-term. It eliminates the need to shave, wax, or epilate hair for years at a time. It’s also a great option for individuals who often get ingrown hairs. Even if hair does come back over time, it will grow back much thinner. This means that, even if you don’t opt for long-term laser maintenance appointments, body hair will become much more manageable and simpler to take care of over time. Despite the use of laser light and heat, laser hair removal is known to be one of the least painful forms of hair removal – especially when compared to waxing and epilating.

Is Now the Right Time?

Is this summer the right time to look into laser hair removal? If you find yourself curious about the procedure and ready to find a more permanent hair removal alternative, then the answer is yes. Depending on the size of the area(s) you want to treat, laser hair removal can take a few sessions to complete. The sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy your smooth skin! Enjoy the rest of this summer by taking hair removal off the list of things you’ll have to think about when lounging by the pool, buying that new bikini, or spending a weekend at the beach.

Call us today for a complimentary consultation with our licensed laser hair practitioner, and for information on our very reasonably priced laser hair reduction packages. Toss your razor and try our laser!

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