There is little to no doubt that the majority of the beauty and skincare products available on the shelves today target people with caucasian skin. Things are changing with more brands targeting black people, but there is a skewed bias towards people with Caucasian skin. Popular aesthetic treatments like Botox and dermal fillers are perceived as products for white people. There is a general assumption that black people do not want or require injectables. Because of this assumption, black people have been left out of the conversation. Now it’s time to address skin concerns that may affect black skin when it comes to injectables. In this article, you’ll learn about how fillers and Botox can enhance features in people with black skin.
Add Definition And Symmetry With Fillers
It’s a well-known fact that fillers are perfect for adding volume to the skin. It’s undeniable that the skin concerns of Black and Caucasian patients differ slightly. For one, caucasian patients will often turn to dermal fillers to achieve fuller lips and smoothing wrinkles. In comparison, Black men and women’s skin is about 10 years behind their Caucasian counterparts when it comes to ageing.
Misconceptions aside, Black patients can benefit from injectable treatments around the eyes by adding definition and filling in the shadow areas. Balancing facial asymmetry correction is also easy to achieve with filler and Botox in the right places. Other benefits of Botox include treating teeth grinding, excessive sweating and treating headaches.
According to a leading aesthetic surgeon who deals with many Black clients, chin enhancement is one of the most common procedures. Black people generally do not have pronounced chins and filler is effective at improving jawline definition.
Reducing The Risk Of Scarring
Perhaps the perceived level of risk from injectable treatments puts Black women from seeking dermal filler injections. While the risk of scarring is disproportionately greater in people with darker skin, an experienced practitioner will significantly reduce the risk.
Post inflammation pigmentation is a common side effect of injectable treatment in people with Black skin. Due to the presence of larger melanosomes and active monocyte cells, dark marks will appear on the skin after piercing or skin damage. There are multiple easy ways to reduce the risks of scarring when treating people with darker skin.
- Use cannulas to apply dermal filler directly underneath the skin to minimise the number of injection sites.
- For procedures such as laser treatments, always use the lowest setting possible to prevent sensitising the skin and causing inflammation.
- Inject deeper to bypass the melanocytes, which are usually found nearer to the surface of the skin.
- Meticulous planning of treatments to avoid mistakes and ensure only the minimal number of injections are made.
Adhering to the steps above contributes immensely to reducing the chances of an adverse reaction to treatments in Black skin patients.
If you’re susceptible to keloid scarring, always share this information with your practitioner. As standard, this question should form part of the patient medical history checking. Every reputable practitioner should be asking this question during the consultation to ensure they need to take the necessary precautions.
Improving The Outcomes Of Injectable Treatments With Proper Skincare Regime
When dealing with any skin condition, the first step is to analyse the skincare regime to detect any products that may be causing the problem. Consulting with a dermatologist will ensure that you are taking care of your skin correctly, including using the right care products for your skin type. Often the key is in the little details, which may require just a change in skincare products. The key steps to taking care of your skin are as follows:
- Regular exfoliation.
- Hydrating and moisturising.
- Using Vitamin A antioxidant.
- Applying UV protection all year round (use makeup with UV protection etc.)
If you have a strict beauty and skincare regime, it means your skin is in the best condition possible and removes much risk from aesthetic treatments.
Why is establishing a skincare regime important before receiving treatment? It makes it easier to pinpoint the shortcomings and to select the right treatment to correct them. If you’re considering dermal filler treatment, but your skin is dehydrated, it may require more filler than it would if your skin was healthy. The procedure may cost more while putting unnecessary pressure on your skin.
If you currently don’t follow a strict skincare regime, it’s advisable you book a consultation with a skin specialist who will help you get started. Powerful ingredients such as vitamin A take months to start working effectively. Hence, it’s better to wait before any skin treatments.
Vinci Aesthetics offer injectable treatments, including dermal fillers and Botox to clients with different skin type. Got concerns about injectable treatments or just want to find out if they are suitable for you, give our friendly team a quick call today.