Injectables, such as Botox and fillers, were once seen as beauty procedures made for Caucasian women. However, more and more women of color are now using injectables to keep wrinkles and crow’s feet at bay. According to dermatologic surgeon, Michelle Henry, between 25 and 30% of her clients of color are having injectables. So, when you’re a woman of color choosing to enhance your appearance in such a way, what do you need to be aware of?

It can reduce the effects of aging

It’s a well-known fact that women of color tend to age better than Caucasian women. Research has found that black women have twice as many Methuselah genes compared to Caucasian females. These genes keep the skin looking younger for longer, as they impact the way the skin repairs itself after exposure to environmental factors. But, sadly, there’s no stopping the aging process altogether. This means individuals with youthful dark skin can benefit from a Botox or dermal filler boost. Henry states that even though her dark skin clients tend to start Botox and filler treatments later than her Caucasian clients, the majority are still in their late 20s or early 30s.

Botox can help sun-damaged skin

Just 15% of black women regularly apply sunscreen to their skin, according to Oprah Magazine. Women of color tend to shun sunscreen because they mistakenly believe that their skin provides them with all the protection they need from the sun. However, research shows that a typical individual with black skin has an SPF of just 10. As the American Academy of Dermatology advises that a minimum SPF of 30 should be used, women of color are putting their skin at risk of premature aging, wrinkles, deep lines, and dull skin.

Thankfully, Botox can help to reverse a woman of color’s sun-damaged skin, as when Botulinum toxin is injected into problematic areas on the face, it plumps the skin. As a result, deep lines become less pronounced, wrinkles all but disappear, and your overall complexion looks fuller, healthier, and more radiant.

Practitioners must understand different skin types

For decades, practitioners have been mostly injecting Botox in people with caucasian skin. As such, these aestheticians have plenty of practice and knowledge in understanding how white skin responds to Botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. However, darker skin tends to be thicker and more robust than white skin. It’s also better at retaining water and is more prone to scarring and skin complaints, such as eczema.

Henry highlights that different skin types can require different amounts of filler. “For instance, the ‘perfect’ proportions for a Caucasian lip is 1:1.6, which allows for a slightly larger bottom lip. On the other hand, in Black and Asian women, we often see 1:1 ratio of the upper to lower lip, which is more common, and considered more desirable in women of color. As such, it’s highly recommended that the aesthetician who administers your Botox injections is educated and experienced in injecting Botox into your specific skin type.

Keeping things natural

Most skin experts believe that less is more when it comes to injectables. Dermatologist, Dr. Lancer even goes as far as to say that if you can tell work has been carried out then the aesthetician has performed the procedure incorrectly. Choosing a natural look is typically desirable within communities of color, as there tends to be more of a stigma attached when a woman of color chooses to undergo a non-invasive surgical treatment, compared to when a Caucasian woman does.

Women of color have shied away from using injectables for many years. However, as injectables are capable of reversing the signs of aging and so much more, an increasing number of dark-skinned females are now re-considering their skin care options.