Do Botox and Fillers Work On African-American Skin?

shutterstock_76956682Drs. Samuel Pearl and Alexander Ereso and the rest of the team at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center have been responsible for creating incredible anti-aging transformations, many of which have involved treatment with Botox and dermal fillers. As proponents of these injectable products, we receive numerous questions about them. One of the most recent inquires involved whether Botox and fillers work effectively on African-American skin and other dark complexions.

Read on to learn the answer… 

Ethnicity Makes No Difference

Having a darker complexion makes no difference in receiving a Botox or filler treatment. Drs. Pearl and Ereso and our team have worked with patients of all ethnicities and skin colors to successfully minimize noticeable signs of aging.

What matters more than the color of the patient’s skin is the specific injectable used. Injectables are not one-size-fits-all; they have unique purposes, formulations and consistencies. Some are thicker, some are smoother and some are designed for specific goals.

Botox and dermal fillers behave differently to achieve unique goals:

  • Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles that contract to form wrinkles. It is used primarily to smooth wrinkles and lines around the outer corners of the eyes, in between the eyebrows and across the forehead.
  • Dermal fillers, many of which are formulated with hyaluronic acid, act as a cushion to restore volume and fullness to the face. These products are often used to enhance shallow contours, soften creases around the nose and mouth and plump up the lips.

The Key to Successful Treatment with Injectables

An important piece of advice for patients of any ethnicity seeking anti-aging treatment with injectables is to find an experienced injector — preferably a plastic surgeon — that understands your goals of treatment and can capably help you achieve your desired cosmetic outcome.

Whether you want to fill in under-eye hollows, plump up your lips, add definition and shape to your cheeks or minimize noticeable crow’s feet, there is an injectable product to help. The right injector will explain your options to you and recommend the product best suited to your specific requests.

The Key to Long Lasting Results

The most important piece of advice for patients of any ethnicity is to practice good skin care and to utilize effective products in a daily regimen. Practicing good skin care includes having a good diet, using a good sunscreen and avoiding nicotine. Effective skin care products like TNS by Skin Medica are formulated to repair skin damage and protect the skin from harmful elements. Many of you have heard Dr. Pearl and Dr. Ereso state that while injectable, lasers and surgical procedures can provide dramatic improvement, the time that you put into your skin with your daily regimen and practicing good habits are just as important in being able to obtain long lasting results.

Contact Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center

If you would like more information about Botox, fillers or another anti-aging treatment available at Pearl-Ereso Plastic Surgery Center, please feel free to reach out. You can call us at (650) 964-6600 or send us an email today.

 
 
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