African Americans are seeking cosmetic surgery in record numbers. Find statistic One popular question is do I need Botox. First of all, Botox, which is the brand name for botulinum toxin, is an injectable which helps erase lines. It takes about 4-7 days to work and lasts from 2-8 months. Most African Americans age differently than Caucasians. While Caucasians frequently age with wrinkles, African Americans more commonly do not. In the lower portion of the face, African Americans will likely not develop prominent wrinkles. There is an exception to this. On the upper portion of the face, along the forehead and between the brows, some African Americans will have lines of expression form etched lines. These are the lines which are best treated with Botox.
So, how is it different treating Botox different in African Americans? Typically, African American patients may need a slightly larger does than either Asian or Caucasian patients. However, this is not a hard and fast rule and the dose is customized for each patient.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Does Botox work for African Americans?
Yes, it does work.
Is Botox dangerous?
No, Botox has an excellent track record of safety and in many ways can be considered safer than Tylenol.
Do younger African American patients need Botox?
Most likely not. Most African American patients may not need Botox until their 40’s, while many Caucasian patients benefit from Botox in their 30’s.
Where is Dr. Shah located?
Dr. Shah is located in downtown Chicago.
Can I go out the same night or return to work after my botox injection?
Many patients return to work immediately after their injections.
Do I bruise?
Bruising is rare after Dr. Shah’s injections of Botox.
Does Dr. Shah have special expertise in dealing with ethnic skin?
Yes, he has a large percentage of patients with ethnic skin. He is adept at treating and understanding how aging is different in different populations.