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.  

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.

The Lamprobe Treatment: a Breakdown of Everything You Need to Know

The Lamprobe Treatment: a Breakdown of Everything You Need to Know

If you’re searching for a treatment for skin irregularities, it’s worthwhile for you to learn about the lamprobe treatment. Rising in popularity among people of all ages looking to achieve more even, smooth skin, the Lamprobe treatment is an effective means by which to target and minimize the appearance of Skin Tags, Milia, Cholesterol Deposits, Clogged Pores, Cherry Angiomas, Cysts, Broken Capillaries, and Small Raised Fibromas. If this is the first you’re hearing of this cutting-edge treatment, or if you’ve heard about it in passing but want to learn more, just keep on reading. In this post, we’ll be diving into exactly what the Lamprobe treatment is, how it works, and who stands to benefit the most from this low-maintenance, high-effectiveness procedure. The Lamprobe Device produces immediate results, and precise removal of minor skin irregularities.

What is the Lamprobe Treatment?

The Lamprobe treatment is a non-invasive process that uses a device that utilizes Non- invasive Radio Frequency Technology. This technology causes the moisture within these tiny areas of the skin to evaporate, effectively killing the cells where there is excess growth, and causing the imperfections to disappear. This treatment is growing in popularity not only because of its effectiveness, but also because of its incredible turnaround time: one area of the face can be treated in just a few seconds, and receiving the Lamprobe treatment typically means being in and out of your appointment within 30 minutes. Though it’s a quick procedure, the Lamprobe treatment has demonstrated excellent results in eliminating a variety of skin imperfections, including:

  • Skin tags and milia
  • Lesions
  • Acne Pimples
  • Discoloration from sun damage
  • Broken capillaries
  • Telangiectasias

The Benefits of This Treatment

In addition to being quick and non-invasive, the lamprobe treatment has noticeable results. Because of the treatment’s efficiency, the skin’s improved appearance may be noticeable immediately after treatment. Additionally, because the Lamprobe treatment can remove a variety of imperfections, it can be an incredibly effective way to remove various types of problem blemishes at once. 

Who Should Consider the Lamprobe Treatment?

If you’ve noticed certain spots of your skin that you’d like to even out, smooth, or generally minimize, the Lamprobe treatment is a great option to try. Because of its effectiveness and non-invasiveness, it’s a fantastic option for those who want to see major improvements to their skin without undergoing surgery or injections. If you are struggling with imperfections due to acne, sun damage, cysts, or skin tags, we highly recommend this easy, low-maintenance, and efficacious treatment. 

The Lamprobe treatment is an excellent option for anyone looking to give their skin a refresher before the new year. To learn more about this increasingly popular skin treatment, don’t hesitate to book your consultation with us

Should You Try SmartLipo Instead of Liposuction? Let’s Find Out.

Should You Try SmartLipo Instead of Liposuction? Let’s Find Out.

We’re all familiar with liposuction, at least by name. Despite its invasiveness, this cosmetic surgical procedure has been a popular option for millions of people over the years. Lately, the world of cosmetic procedures has been rocked by the advent of a new alternative to liposuction: SmartLipo. With the development of SmartLipo, many patients have found a less invasive and far less debilitating option without having to sacrifice beautiful results. That said, is SmartLipo really all that it’s cracked up to be, or is it simply a cosmetic gimmick that doesn’t hold a candle to liposuction? What’s more, should you really consider SmartLipo instead of liposuction? Let’s take a deep-dive into the benefits of both procedures to find out.

Liposuction and SmartLipo, Defined

First, let’s establish the similarities and differences between the two procedures. Liposuction is a surgical body sculpting procedure during which patients are placed under general anesthesia. Once the patient is under, a plastic tube is inserted into a half-inch incision in the patient’s skin to suction out fat deposits in predetermined areas of their body. Generally, patients recover from liposuction as they would from any minor surgical procedure: with some considerable bruising, a few weeks of bed rest, and the use of a compression garment for 1-2 months.

SmartLipo is similar to liposuction in that its purpose is to suction out fat cells from certain parts of the body. That said, there are some considerable differences. The first of these is that, while liposuction uses a liquid solution to help loosen fat cells in the treatment area, SmartLipo uses lasers. SmartLipo doesn’t require general anesthesia as liposuction does: instead, only a local anesthetic is used, meaning that the patient is able to remain conscious throughout the procedure. Additionally, SmartLipo requires only a 2 cm incision, and though patients are required to wear compression garments for about 3 weeks, most can resume their regular day-to-day activities (including moderate exercise) within a couple of days of the procedure.

Benefits of SmartLipo (Compared to Liposuction)

Having done a general overview of both procedures, let’s hone in on the ways in which SmartLipo grants patients more autonomy and reduces surgery-related risks and inconveniences.

First off, because it does not require general anesthesia, SmartLipo allows patients to remain awake and aware throughout the entire process. What’s more, the use of laser light to melt fat cells makes them easier to remove, leading to a smaller incision site and less bruising, as well as cutting the recovery time to a fraction of what it would be following traditional liposuction. A less invasive procedure means that patients are able to return to their daily lives faster following the procedure, without having to sacrifice the results they want. Finally, though liposuction removes fat deposits, it does not include a skin tightening procedure, meaning that patients may be left with loose, sagging skin post-op. The lasers used in SmartLipo, on the other hand, help to firm up and tighten the skin during the procedure, reducing the likelihood that patients will have to be submitted to another cosmetic surgery for skin tightening.

Patients also see immediate results unlike with coolsculpting and other types of fat freezing type of devices. Typically, only one treatment is required to see results. Other coolsculpting patients need several treatments and have to wait weeks and/ or months to see their final results.

Who is SmartLipo Best For? What About Liposuction?

SmartLipo is particularly well-suited to individuals with busy, active lives who want to see results quickly without having to spend weeks on surgical bedrest. It’s also a great alternative for individuals who are concerned about skin sagginess post-op. If you’re averse to going under general anesthesia and want to be able to return to your normal daily activities as quickly as possible following surgery, speak to your doctor and consider SmartLipo.

Should you try SmartLipo instead of liposuction? Ultimately, that’s a question that can only be answered by you and your doctor. With that said, SmartLipo offers promising benefits and yields excellent results, all with a less invasive methodology. If you’d like to learn more about SmartLipo or schedule a consultation, reach out to us.