For many of us, our mom is one of our closest friends. She’s a trusted resource on everything from family recipes to navigating relationships, and our dearest confidant — and yet, even though we tell her everything, there are a few things that can be hard to share. For some people, one of those things could be the fact you’ve tried injectables.
Having that conversation with her can be difficult and nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t know her stance on them. However, you shouldn’t let your concerns get the best of you! We talked to six women about how they first revealed to their moms that they’ve been treated with injectables, and their accounts of their experiences were surprising. In fact, a few mothers took their daughters to their first appointments! Keep reading to discover their stories — they might just inspire you to tell yours to your own mom.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, including the forehead, frown lines, and crow’s feet; they should not be used more frequently than every three months. 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, both injectable wrinkle reducers and injectable fillers have potential risks and side effects. Talk to a licensed provider to see if they’re right for you. And learn more now by chatting with a trained aesthetic specialist.]
Occupation: Dental Hygienist
Location: Hoboken, NJ
To be honest, I tried to keep it from my mom. My mom is naturally beautiful and has aged so well. She has always been a proponent of healthy living, takes incredible care of her skin, and never ever goes in the sun. I, on the other hand, have been a sun worshiper most of my life and started to see the negative side effects earlier than most, including deeper smile lines, forehead lines, and sun damage.
I started getting injectable wrinkle reducers when I was about 26 years old. It wasn’t until just a few months ago that my mom made a comment on how my forehead looked so smooth. At first, I started telling her about a new cream I had purchased, but couldn’t bear to keep the lie from her, so I told her right then. She wasn’t upset at all — like I thought she would be — and actually complimented me. Also, I’ve learned my lesson: I no longer spend hours trying to tan.
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
My mom is actually the reason I get injectables! She had hinted that I should consider it for years, but finally, right around my 35th birthday, she straight-up asked me if I would want [a consultation for] injectables as my birthday present. I was sort of offended at first, but that wore off the second the treatment’s results set in. I am so happy with how it looks.
Occupation: Physician’s Assistant
Location: Westwood, California
I am a physician’s assistant to a board-certified dermatologist, so naturally, I am around injectables all the time — it’s literally my job. My mom loves that I work in the field of medicine, but she is totally against me doing any sort of [treatment] myself. Little does she know that I have been getting injectables since I was in school! About a year ago, she asked me about my day, and I decided I should just tell her I had an injectables appointment. She was so mad at me that she didn’t talk to me for about a week! She’s still not over it.
Occupation: Supervising Producer
Location: Culver City, California
My mom is my best friend — I probably talk to her at least twice a day, and I tell her literally everything. I actually can’t think of any lie that I’ve told my mom, except for when I didn’t tell her about my first injectables appointment. It wasn’t technically a lie, I just omitted it. I was afraid she would be upset. I remember talking to her on the phone the night I had my first treatment, and it felt so strange to leave out such a big thing — but I did. And [I didn’t tell her] for about a year and a half. [Finally], I couldn’t take it any longer, so I told her I had been getting it for a while, and she was sad that I didn’t tell her sooner. It feels so much better now that she knows!
Occupation: Social Media Assistant
Location: Mar Vista, California
I wasn’t all that familiar with injectables until I moved to California after graduation. I didn’t ever really think about my forehead wrinkles as being a big problem, but my new roommates kept talking about their expression lines getting worse — which made me think about mine more and more. Ultimately, I brought it up to my mom when I was at home for the holidays. She agreed that my forehead lines were getting deeper, and it might be a good idea to try injectable wrinkle reducers. My mom was so cool about it, and actually made the appointment for me!
Location: West Hollywood, CA
My mom took me to my first appointment! She was actually the one who suggested we try it together — it was a cute mother/daughter moment. I am from Idaho originally and my mom still lives there, and [getting treated] is our little ritual when I’m home for the holidays.
Occupation: Digital Director
Location: New York, NY
My mom has never had any sort of medical aesthetics treatment herself, so I was not sure how she would react. Bless her — she doesn’t really have wrinkles in her sixties, thanks to the fact that she has not been in the sun in over 30 years and doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee (minus a few sips here and there). I, on the other hand, had resting wrinkles in my mid-thirties.
The day after my first injectable wrinkle reducer appointment, I saw my mom, and she noticed a small bruise by my crow’s feet. “What’s on your face?” she demanded. When I told her, I was shocked by her reply. “I have more important things to worry about than if you get injectable wrinkle reducers,” she said. She never brought it up again.