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

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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!

Aesthetic Treatments For Men Are On The Rise

There’s no denying that aesthetic treatments for men are on the rise! Men are concerned now more than ever about how to properly care for their skin. Botox, facial fillers, and advanced facial treatments aren’t just for women anymore, anti-aging skincare regimens are also on the rise in today’s 21st-century males.


Anti-aging treatments are being utilized by men all over the country, turning to medical aesthetic treatments more than ever to help them look and feel their best. Botox and a relaxing great Facial can do wonders for male skin. Neuromodulators like Botox, Jeuveau, Xeomin, and Dysport help soften smile lines and forehead lines, giving a more rested and youthful appearance to the face. A customized deep-cleansing and hydrating European Facial helps to exfoliate, detoxify, and brighten, which also aids in the overall health and vitality of men’s skin.

Facial Fillers are also a common treatment amongst men these days. The artistic and very subtle use of fillers can help fill those hollows under the eyes and give a subtle lift to the face, which in turn, leads to a more refreshed and youthful look to the skin.

So, all of you men out there should never be afraid to try a medical aesthetic treatment! The rationale is simple: an aesthetic treatment serves as self-care for anyone – regardless of your gender.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of aesthetic treatment for men, we’re here to help. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more and get started.

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion: Which Option is Best For You?

Dermaplaning vs. Microdermabrasion: Which Option is Best For You?

facialsIf you’re wondering what the risks and benefits of dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion are, then you’ve come to the right place. Though both are widely sought-after skin treatments that can bring about an array of benefits, there are a few key differences you should know when weighing which option is best for you. Today, we’ll be explaining what each of these treatments entails, in addition to the benefits of each one so that you can make the best decision based on your goals and lifestyle. Let’s go ahead and get started.

Dermaplaning Explained

Dermaplaning is an advanced exfoliation treatment that aims to refresh the skin by removing dead skin cells and debris. A medical professional scrapes the skin very gently using a surgical blade, which allows for the layer of dirt, debris, and dead skin sitting on top of the skin to be removed without causing any damage to the epidermis. Debris and dead skin cells aren’t all that this procedure gets rid of: it also removes the ultra-fine hairs, also known more commonly as peach fuzz, on the surface of the face (also known as vellus hair). The ultra-smooth result of dermaplaning is a perfectly even canvas for skincare and makeup application.

Benefits of Dermaplaning

In addition to providing a smooth canvas for any makeup or skincare you wish to apply, dermaplaning gives the skin an overall refresher, ridding it of all the debris and dead skin cells that would have otherwise stayed on its surface. Because it is completely non-invasive, dermaplaning is a great option for any skin type and people of all ages. As a physical exfoliant, dermaplaning helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, discoloration, and fine lines on the skin.

Microdermabrasion Explained

Like dermaplaning, microdermabrasion is an effective exfoliation process. However, instead of a surgical blade, microdermabrasion calls for the use of fine crystals or even a diamond tip in order to get rid of dead skin cells and dirt. A small device is dragged across the surface of the skin in order to remove and vacuum away the unwanted debris. The suction from this device may cause some inflammation, so it is not recommended for sensitive skin types. Even for tougher skin types, some peeling or redness can be common for a few days after a microdermabrasion procedure.

Benefits of Microdermabrasion

Although the suction device may be a little too harsh on ultra-sensitive skin, it carries some benefits for tougher skin types: by slightly agitating the skin, the suction helps to stimulate blood flow and collagen production. By removing dead skin cells and debris, microdermabrasion helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. It can also help to make acne scars less visible.

Which Treatment is Best For You?

If you’re looking for a non-invasive skin treatment that aids in rejuvenation and smoothing, both dermaplaning and microdermabrasion are worth considering. If this is your first time getting a professional exfoliating treatment, dermaplaning is the most beginner-friendly option. For those with sensitive skin, it’s recommended to opt for dermaplaning instead of microdermabrasion, since the latter procedure might potentially cause some irritation in ultra sensitive skin types. Speak to a trusted medical professional about the benefits of dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion in order to choose the treatment that works best for your skin and goals.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dermaplaning vs. microdermabrasion, we’re here to help. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more and get started.

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