In this installment of The Prescription, writer Maria Del Russo finds out what medical aesthetic procedures — including injectables and microneedling — one 26-year-old project manager in New York City books annually. She also discovers who she sees for her treatments, how much she spends, and more.
Who: A 26-year-old project manager from NYC
Lip filler: $600, twice a year ($1,200)
Cheek filler: $1,600, once a year
Injectable wrinkle reducers on forehead: $300, every four months ($900)
Microneedling: Between $300 and $700, depending on the addition of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), every other month ($1,800 — $4,200)
Year Total: $5,500 — $7,900, depending on the addition of PRP to her microneedling sessions
I remember after the first time I got my lips injected with filler. [It] was three years ago, and I’ve been getting my lips done twice a year ever since. I also get filler in my cheeks once a year. Eventually, I started looking into more procedures.
[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. They can last anywhere from a few months to two years, depending on the type of filler and area injected. Like any medical treatment, it has potential risks and side effects. Be sure to talk to a doctor to see if it’s right for you. Have more questions? Chat with our team of trained aesthetic specialists now.]
I get injectable wrinkle reducers in my forehead. I have one horizontal line that I treat, and then I get injections in my elevens, because I tend to furrow my brow. I think I still look like myself, but just [with less noticeable lines] with these treatments.
[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 doctor to see if they’re right for you. Have more questions? Chat with our team of trained aesthetic specialists now.]
I run a lot, I work long hours, and I love to drink wine. I feel like all of these things can show up on my face. To help with this, I’ve started doing microneedling. If I’m being good, I’ll go every other month. Sometimes I use platelet-rich plasma, especially if it’s been a while since I’ve gone, which helps to give me a glow. That’s why the price can fluctuate so much between sessions.
I go to one nurse practitioner for all of my treatments. She’s done all of my procedures, so she’s like a one-stop shop for my face.
As far as budgeting goes, I save a bit every month out of my paycheck. It’s part of my overall “fun fund.” I don’t save specifically for my procedures. I have one savings fund that I don’t touch, but then I also have a little bit of my paycheck that’s just for play money. My procedures are part of that fund — the same way that dinners or travel are part of that play money. (Discover how more women budget for their medical aesthetics appointments here.)
I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my skin. When I had acne, I did what I had to do to cure that. So when I started seeing parts of my skin that needed to be treated, I decided to do it. I’m pretty happy with the treatments that I am getting. I don’t think I need to add anything more. I might try lasers in the future for tightening, but the procedures I get now are working for me.