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.

PRP Hair Regeneration vs Hair Transplant: Which is Right for You?

PRP Hair Regeneration vs Hair Transplant: Which is Right for You?

Hair transplants are nothing new – in fact, they’re among the most widely popular cosmetic procedures around. For decades now, hair transplants have been helping numerous people regain confidence and bolster hair growth. That being said, a new procedure is taking the world by storm – and giving traditional hair transplants a run for their money in popularity. This procedure, called PRP hair regeneration, is a non-invasive and tremendously effective means by which to stimulate hair growth. So, all things considered, which of these two widely known procedures is right for you? Let’s take a look at PRP hair regeneration vs. hair transplants to find out.

Hair Transplants Explained

Traditional hair transplants consist of taking hair from areas of the scalp where it’s growing in abundance (often the crown or back of the head, known as the “donor area”). These hairs are removed by the root and placed into balding or bald areas of the scalp (the “recipient area”). From there, the hair is intended to take root in the previously empty follicles, proceeding to grow on its own.

What is PRP Hair Regeneration?

Contrary to hair transplants, PRP hair regeneration does not involve the removal and replacement of hair at all. Instead, this procedure takes platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s own body. This plasma is made when the patient’s blood is placed into a syringe, then a centrifuge, and spun until the plasma becomes separated and concentrated. The plasma is then injected into the recipient areas of the patient’s scalp. Since PRP is rife with growth factors and stem cells, its injection into the scalp stimulates cell growth, allowing new healthy hair follicles to form where there used to be dead and dysfunctional ones and enabling hair to naturally regrow and stay healthy long-term.

PRP Hair Regeneration vs. Hair Transplants: Who Are They For?

Hair transplants have long been a great option for individuals who are in the early stages of their balding process. This is because hair transplants require donor hairs from the patient’s own scalp to be removed and replaced in the recipient area. Though it allows for hair to take root and grow, it does not repair the follicle or revive dead cells.

PRP hair regeneration, on the other hand, is particularly helpful for individuals who are experiencing hair loss in patches. It’s a great option for those with alopecia areata, traction alopecia, or thinning hair. It’s also great used in combination with hair transplant procedures. PRP doesn’t transplant hair; it stimulates natural cell regeneration and growth in problem areas of the scalp, helping to revive dead follicles and reverse both the causes and effects of balding.

The Benefits of PRP Hair Regeneration

PRP is a great option for patients who are looking to boost their hair growth naturally with a minimally invasive procedure. Most patients are able to see results within 3 to 5 sessions, making it a flexible, painless procedure that’s helping thousands of people improve their confidence and quality of life. It’s also a fantastic procedure to consider to prevent hair loss before it even manifests. PRP hair regeneration is a fantastic option for patients looking to minimize invasiveness while still seeing major results.

When considering the benefits of PRP hair regeneration vs. hair transplants, consider the practical applications and procedures associated with each. Then consult with an expert to help determine which option is best for you. To learn more about PRP hair regeneration or book your appointment today, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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

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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.

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

When To Consider PRP Therapy

Winter may be upon us, but in Florida, the land of endless summer, this doesn’t really mean much. We won’t get an excuse to cover up those wrinkles, saggy skin, or scars with cute, fashionable winter clothing like our friends up north will.

Let’s face it – many of us are self-conscious about our skin imperfections. Whether we have pockmarks from our childhood chicken pox or teenage acne, or we’ve developed embarrassing neck or facial wrinkles that have aged us prematurely, we look for ways to cover up these blemishes.

But why keep torturing ourselves with this nagging self-consciousness?

At the Red Bamboo Medi-Spa in Clearwater, Dr. Francis Toscano and his Stem Cell Center team work in a revolutionary PRP (platelet rich plasma) therapy that can help free you from scars and skin blemishes and get you feeling more confident than ever!

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