Licensed aesthetician Raye Toscano and her husband, Dr. Francis Toscano, operate Red Bamboo Medi Spa, a facility that marries aesthetic treatments with nonsurgical, medical-grade therapies. Their services, which recently garnered the spa a Best Aesthetics Practice award at The Aesthetics Show in Las Vegas as well as recognition in Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2012 Best in the Biz spa category, cosmetically enhance both the face and body. SmartLipo mimics liposuction treatments with fiber-optic lasers, and a four-layer face lift topically banishes dead skin with enzymes, glycolic acid, and mini exorcisms.
Helmed by vision-boosting veteran Dr. Michael Lange, Lange Eye Care & Associates enhances on-the-fritz ocular orbs with a wide selection of fetching specs. The showroom furnishes frames ($69–$200) from popular brands such as Vera Bradley, Charmant, Claiborne, and Essence, attractively encircling eyes and lending wearers an air of wisdom only otherwise attainable by being friends with an owl. Lenses come in a range of styles and materials, from single-vision plastic lenses ($77+) to no-line bifocal plastic lenses ($285+), which correct sight with discrete dual prescriptions. Friendly opticians aid guests in their quest for the perfect pair of glasses, offering suggestions based on look, lifestyle, and professional need to whip off frames in baffled surprise.
Experts in traditional and alternative medicine led by David Minkoff, MD, work to uncover and resolve the underlying causes behind health issues at LifeWorks Wellness Center. Treatments combine holistic techniques such as homeopathy and kinesiology with high-tech procedures such as pulsed-energy therapy, which can help soothe chronic swelling and pain. Additionally, Dr. George Springer specializes in treating the symptoms and the underlying causes of fatigue problems, whether they stem from hormone imbalance, thyroid problems or other issues. The recently incorporated skincare program, led by nurse practitioner Sue Morgan, includes Botox and other wrinkle-reducing treatments that can help boost clients' self-esteem and the likelihood of faces getting carded when buying milk shakes.
New Horizon MediSpa offers medically supervised weight-loss and aesthetic treatments at three Tampa-area locations staffed by friendly, bilingual employees. Weight-loss programs include evaluations from doctors and nurse-practitioners who prescribe pharmaceutical weight-loss medications or weight-loss injections that stimulate the thin-down process. Another avenue to a slimmer belt is the low-calorie meal-replacement program, which includes a regimen of foods that can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Technicians also pare down pounds with nonsurgical ultrasonic-cavitation treatments that use ultrasonic waves to break up fat cells and often lead to slimmer figures and less-taxed hula-hoops. A variety of aesthetic treatments are available as well, including Botox injections, microdermabrasion, and wrinkle fillers such as Radiesse.
Dr. Todd Besnoff, who has performed an extensive array of cosmetic and life-saving surgeries, brings his unique artistic and scientific expertise to his current post as the medspa's medical director. There, he oversees injections and laser cosmetic treatments.
The clinic's laser procedures help fade unwanted tattoos or can be used to eliminate unwanted hair and unsightly veins. A Dual Fraxel laser and specialized lamps are used to refine complexions by helping even out skin tone amid issues such as rosacea, age spots, and freckles. The staff also performs teeth whitening treatments and specializes in weight loss solutions.
Like any good vampire tale, Doctor Michael Markou siphons off patients' blood to fight the advance of aging. But in this reality, it's not his own youth he's chasing—he works to lengthen and enhance the life of his clients. At his medical center, Dr. Markou specializes in stem cell therapies that distill rejuvenating enzymes from the subject's own blood; the resulting serum can be redeployed to restore hair, repair joints, and smooth wrinkles. The center also offers weight-loss programs and hormonal shots alongside a more traditional general practice for mundane medical matters.