Aesthetic Treatments

The Prescription: I'm 34, And I Spend Almost $9,000 a Year on Cosmetic Injectables

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In this installment of The Prescription, writer Maria Del Russo finds out what medical aesthetic procedures — including injectables and microneedling — one 34-year-old hairstylist in New Jersey books annually. She also discovers how much she spends, why she continues to book these appointments, and more.

Who: A 34-year-old hairstylist from Summit, NJ

What:
Lip filler: $650, twice a year ($1,300)
Cheek filler: $2,000, twice a year ($4,000)
Injectable wrinkle reducers: Between $400 to $600, every three to four months ($1,200 — $2,400 a year)
Filler in laugh lines: $600, twice a year ($1,200)
 

Annual Total: $7,700 — $8,900, depending on how often she schedules injectable wrinkle reducer treatments.

Why:
The first thing I ever did was lip filler when I was 21. Fuller lips were just much more aligned with the aesthetic that I wanted — I just preferred the way it looked. I then moved on to my cheeks...
 
I’ve also started getting filler in the smile lines [nasolabial folds] around my mouth. My doctor suggested it — those lines seem to be more pronounced as I’m getting older.
 

[Editor’s note: Injectable filler is a temporary treatment that adds volume to areas of the face such as the lips, cheeks, and laugh lines. Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if it’s right for you.]

I started trying injectable wrinkle reducers about four years ago. I was like “OK, let me try it.” I go every three or four months — I do my forehead, crow’s feet, and between my brows. I didn’t have deep lines in my forehead, but [moderate lines] were there.

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[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face such as the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet. They should not be used more frequently than every three months. Like any medical treatment, they have potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. Have more questions? Chat with our team of trained aesthetic specialists now.

I don’t really [aggressively] budget for my cosmetic procedures, which I know sounds strange. I make sure that I cut corners elsewhere, so that I don’t have to really worry about how much I’m spending on these procedures. Aside from the filler in my smile lines, which I just started, I don’t plan on doing much else treatment-wise.

I definitely feel like injectables aren’t as stigmatized anymore. I think that in the past, I would be afraid to tell people what I’ve had done, and now I will talk about it more openly. I’m not afraid of people’s reactions. It’s a choice I made for myself, and that’s all that should matter. I think that people who are looking into [injectables] should remember that. It’s not about what other people think. It’s about what you think.

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