Your Guide to the Difference Between Facial Fillers and Botox®

Your Guide to the Difference Between Facial Fillers and Botox®

As conversations about facial cosmetic procedures become more and more common, it becomes clear that there are tons of options out there – and perhaps the best part is that many of these options are quick and non-invasive. If you’re interested in smoothing or filling out any part of your face, chances are that there’s a non-surgical way to do it in the form of Botox® or fillers. That said, what’s the difference between fillers and Botox®? What are the benefits of each, and which should you consider for yourself? Though the answer is always in consulting with a professional, we’re helping you get started with a clear, easy-to-follow comparison between Botox® and fillers. Keep on reading to see it for yourself.


Botox® is used mainly for cosmetic treatments. Botox® has been safely and effectively used for over 40 years. Botox, is administered to patients in tiny doses. Botox works to help reverse the effects of physical aging by treating and preventing wrinkles. That said, there are limits to where Botox® can be used on the face. The most common areas to be treated with Botox on the face are: the Glabella (the space between the eyebrows), the Forehead, Smile Lines (also known as Crow’s Feet), Upper Lip Lines, Oral Depressors (the muscles that can cause the outer lip corners to turn downward into a frown), and the Mentalis (the muscle that can cause the chin area to look pebbly), making it a go-to treatment option for those patients seeking to look younger, and more refreshed. On top of that, Botox® only works on expression lines, which are wrinkles specifically caused by muscle movement.

Interestingly, Botox® is rising in popularity as a treatment for Migraine Headaches and Depression.

Facial Fillers

Unlike Botox®, the term “filler” doesn’t apply to any single substance. Instead, it’s more of a catch-all term to describe substances that are injected under the surface of the skin to add fullness and volume to a specific part of the face. Unlike Botox®, fillers are not known to have strictly medical functionalities and are used exclusively for cosmetic purposes. There are three main types of filler, each with its own unique set of characteristics:


A smooth, seamless, and delicate substance, Belotero yields subtle results. Consequently, it’s perfect for those looking to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Due to its gentleness, Belotero is also the only filler approved for use around the eyes and tear ducts. Don’t be mistaken: though Belotero is known as the most subtle filler option, it yields visible results when used for the correct purposes. This substance is ideal for those looking for smooth, natural-looking corrections on wrinkles, fine lines, and the undereye area of their face.

Juvederm and Restylane

As far as fillers go, Juvederm and Restylane  are arguably the biggest “household names,” due in no small part to the increasing trend of full, plump lips among celebrities and regular folks alike. More visible than Belotero but still natural-looking and relatively subtle, Juvederm and Restylane are used to add volume and fullness to the lips, the middle of the face, and cheeks. Different variations of Juvederm and Restylane are made for different parts of the face, and this substance is best for those who are looking for lip or cheek filler, or who would like to subtly resculpt their cheeks or the middle of their faces.


Delivered in larger syringes than Juvederm or Belotero, Radiesse fillers promise up to 50% more volume and up to 18 more months of usage than their counterparts. This more powerful option is generally recommended for lifting the cheeks, smoothing out the skin around the nose and mouth, and adding volume around the middle of the face. In addition to its power, Radiesse is appealing because it includes a compound called Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHa), which boosts collagen production in the body long term. This substance is best for those who are looking for changes on larger areas of their faces, or for more visible changes than Juvederm or Belotero would provide, but who still would like to avoid invasive surgery. It’s also a fantastic option if you’d like to boost collagen production long-term.

By understanding the difference between Facial Fillers and Botox®, you’ll be well-equipped to make an informed decision about what’s best for you. Dr. Toscano, our board-certified physician, is happy to offer his expert insight into what might work best for you. To learn more about your options, schedule a free consultation with him, just click here or call us at 727-726-6100.

Everything You Need to Know About Post-Treatment Care for the Vampire Facial

Everything You Need to Know About Post-Treatment Care for the Vampire Facial

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If you’re a skincare enthusiast, there’s a pretty big chance you’ve already heard about Platelet Rich Plasma treatment, a procedure that’s taken the world by storm. PRP treatments, more commonly known as the Vampire Facial, consist of using your own plasma to promote collagen growth, elasticity, and youthfulness in your facial skin (read more about the procedure here). If you’re considering getting a Vampire Facial, we can’t blame you – they’re said to do wonders for your skin, preventing aging and promoting health from the inside out. One thing that not enough sources talk about, however, is what to do after your PRP treatment. What’s the need-to-know information about post-treatment care for the vampire facial? We’ve got you covered.

Post-Treatment: What to Do

This first piece of advice isn’t post-treatment, but it’ll be a great help to promote your skin’s healing and the treatment’s effectiveness: wash your face gently the night before receiving the treatment. Don’t scrub your skin and be sure to use a gentle, hypoallergenic cleanser. Once the treatment is done, take care to do the following: 

  • Keep cool.
  • Expect your skin to feel a bit tight and dry. Do not pick at it.
  • Take it easy: try to avoid strenuous activity or harsh environments, as this could irritate the skin further. 
  • Use an SPF 30 sunblock on your face every morning. 
  • Drink plenty of water and let yourself relax. 

…And What Not to Do

Healing after a Vampire Facial can be more about what not to do. By abstaining from the following activities and practices, you’ll set your skin up for long-term success.  

  • Scrubbing your face or using any products on it for 48 hours after treatment. 
  • Applying direct heat (i.e., blowdrying your hair, sweating from strenuous exercise, going into a sauna or steam room, taking a very hot shower) for 24 hours after the treatment. 
  • Getting your face wet or sweating at all for five hours after the treatment. 
  • Applying makeup for 24 hours post-treatment

How to Make the Effects of Your Vampire Facial Last

The key to effective post-treatment care for the Vampire Facial is making its results last as long as possible – and that means taking the best care of your skin that you can. Some best practices to help maintain your facial’s effects for as long as possible include:

  • Regularly using SPF 30 or higher on your skin
  • Avoiding direct contact with the sun for extended periods of time 
  • Washing your face daily with a gentle cleanser with cool water after the initial 48 hours post-treatment.
  • Cleansing your skin completely every night to remove makeup and only use lukewarm water. Hot water is bad for the skin and can cause irritation.
  • Staying hydrated by drinking at least 8 cups of water daily 
  • Using Medical grade skin care products recommended to you by your provider, as these products are far more effective than over the counter and department store skin care products. These products will help your results last longer.
  • Remember you will need more than one treatment, it took years or decades for your skin concerns to develop. It’s like going to the Gym, you can’t expect to have a set of six pack abs after one work out visit.

Post-treatment care for the vampire facial isn’t complicated, but it is an instrumental part of keeping your skin healthy and youthful for as long as possible. If you’d like to learn more about the PRP treatment and general skincare, don’t hesitate to click here or call us at 727-726-6100 to schedule a free consultation with Physician Dr. Toscano.

What Are Vampire Facials?

Here’s What You Need to Know About PRP Facials

PRP Facial From Kim Kardashian to world-renowned supermodel Bar Rafaeli, numerous celebrities have been teased, criticized, and admired for taking part in now-famous vampire facials. Rising quickly in popularity due to their startling appearance, these treatments – officially called Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facials – are much more than the latest celebrity fad. They’re legitimate procedures that have been scientifically shown to help prevent aging, promote healthy skin cells, and bring about an array of other benefits that leave patients – famous or not – thrilled. Still asking yourself, “Exactly what are vampire facials?” Keep on reading to get the answers. 

What Are Vampire Facials, and How Do They Work?

PRP Facials, simply put, use your own blood to promote healthy cells and collagen production in your body. The procedure itself is a bit more complex: a layer of plasma is placed on your face. This plasma is created using a small sample of your blood, which undergoes a scientific process during which protein-rich plasma and platelets are extracted. These are subsequently combined in a very protein-rich concentrate. 

Once the Platelet Rich Plasma is ready, your Doctor does something called microneedling, which is pretty much just what it sounds like: minuscule (sterile!) needles puncture the skin on your face to draw out small amounts of blood at a time. These tiny microscopic  punctures allow your face to better absorb the proteins and nutrients of the plasma mask, which are formulated to naturally stimulate your body’s production of collagen. 

What Are Some of the Benefits of PRP Facials?

The benefits of PRP facials can be split into two categories: visual and cellular (or, as we like to think of it, “behind the scenes). Some of the most notable behind the scenes benefits of PRP facials include a boost to your body’s collagen production to build that natural scaffolding of the deepest layer of the skin. This foundation is essential for skin health and vitality.

Visually, the benefits abound, as well. Vampire facials have been demonstrated to help even out skin tone, tighten loose skin, and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The startling appearance of the PRP facial process made them viral; their actual anti-aging results made them a phenomenon. 

Among the most notable benefits of PRP facials are that they help patients achieve smooth, glowing, and more youthful looking skin.

Who Are PRP Facials For?

As with any other facial procedure, the PRP treatment is for any healthy adult individual who wants to smooth out wrinkles, improve the appearance and evenness of their skin, and boost natural collagen production. These facials are particularly well-suited to those who want to boost their skin’s health, minimize acne scarring, promote collagen and elastin formation, and reduce pore size.

What are vampire facials? Though you just read through the long answer, the short answer is: a natural, less invasive alternative to filler and surgery that smoothes the skin, boosts elasticity, and is taking the cosmetic world by storm. To learn more about PRP facials and schedule a free consultation with our Physician, Dr. Frank Toscano, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 727-726-6100.

The Facts Behind Facials


While you can have healthy skin without regular facials, a facial can provide a deep cleanse – as well as other benefits – you won’t find at your bathroom sink. Here’s what happens with your skin while the rest of you enjoys some deep relaxation.

Facials usually begin with a custom consultation by a trained esthetician who looks at your skin to decide what products and processes will be the most beneficial. Then the esthetician cleanses the skin, exfoliates, performs a facial massage, steams, and moisturizes. The products and processes used will brighten and tighten your skin, help with breakouts, and give you that fresh post-facial glow, but that’s not all they do.

Health Benefits, Step by Step

  • Exfoliation brings your skin from looking dull and aged with dead skin cells to looking brighter and healthier by stripping the top skin layer.This also helps unblock pores and prevent breakouts.
  • Facial massages actually serve to help your immune system and reduce fluid buildup in your body by draining your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage via massage not only releases toxins, but also increases blood circulation and reduces puffiness.
  • The steam and hot towels hydrate the skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles while opening up the pores.
  • Ending the facial with a toner and moisturizer, chosen to compliment your skin type, restores your skin’s balance of moisture, oil, and ph which can get thrown off by home skincare regimens.

At Red Bamboo Medi Spa, we bring together the best of gentle, natural products with clinical treatments customized to each client’s skin needs. And, we have access to medical-grade products to heal and calm irritated, or sensitive skin. But most importantly, we have the expertise necessary to send you home looking, and feeling, brand new.

Ask Dr. Toscano: What Happens After a Botox Injection?

Are you considering your first Botox® treatment? Have you undergone Botox® before, and you’re looking for further treatment? Dr. Toscano is here to help!

While false notions may say otherwise, Botox® is a safe, painless, and quick treatment — in fact, it only takes a few minutes, but the beautiful results last for months.

For your questions and concerns about Botox®, our very own Dr. Toscano has answers:

How Does Botox® work?

Botox® works by injecting small amounts of a highly-purified botulinum toxin protein into your skin. This purified toxin relaxes muscle contractions in the treated area, resulting in smoother, less wrinkled skin. After a few weeks of relaxed facial expressions, your skin will appear smoother and softer. Botox® is widely known as the easiest solution for younger-looking skin.

How long does a Botox® procedure take? Is it a trustworthy procedure?

Our treatment only takes a matter of minutes. At Red Bamboo Medi Spa in Clearwater, Dunedin, Safety Harbor, and Palm Harbor, our very own Dr. Frank Toscano will be the one to perform the procedure.

Patients feel no pain — just a slight pinching feeling. Dr. Toscano is widely known for his gentle injection techniques. Botox® is used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, to lift the brows, the glabella, or 11 lines between the eyes, lip lines, and neck lines.

Botox® has been extensively studied in clinical trials and over 400 peer-reviewed articles, leading it to be FDA-approved for cosmetic use in nearly 80 countries. When you choose Botox®, you choose a trusted brand with a proven track record of success and a keen eye for aesthetics.

Additionally, at Red Bamboo, we never use Dysport®, Myobloc® or cheap substitutions from Canada or Asia. The only Botox® we use is Botox Cosmetic® by Allergan and all injections are administered only by Dr. Toscano. Dr. Toscano has recently been recognized by Allergan as a “Master Injector”.

How long does Botox® last?

Botox® results lasts UP to four to five months, at which time you can return for another simple procedure to maintain your youthful appearance.

Learn more about our safe, painless, and effective Botox® and Xeomin® services!


Red Bamboo Takes Over The Headlines This Holiday Season

Revolutionary Findings that Reverse the Damage from Skin Necrosis

With two appearances in a national and local publication, December has been a proud month for Red Bamboo.

Red Bamboo’s very own Dr. Toscano was featured in November’s issue of The Dermatologist for his recent piece on PRP therapy. 

Dr. Toscano’s article, “Reversal of Skin Necrosis,” illustrates his discovery of how platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy can help new and healthy tissue grow back in the wake of injury-caused necrosis.

This comes as a true honor, given that The Dermatologist journal doesn’t typically feature Non-Dermatologists. Dr. Toscano’s work in PRP is so groundbreaking that The Dermatologist was eager to share his findings with all medical professionals throughout the country. Read More