The first time doing anything can be a little nerve-wracking, and that’s particularly true when considering booking an injectables consultation. Even if your friends have been getting treated with injectable wrinkle reducers and fillers for years, and you feel ready to try them for yourself, it’s still uncharted territory.
When we’re uncertain about trying something, we like to read first-hand experiences from others who have gone through with it, and that holds true with injectables appointments, too. So, we asked a handful of California-based women — including a total needle-phobe and a bride-to-be — to share exactly what their first times with these treatments were like. Keep reading to discover their interesting stories — and don’t be surprised if you end up inspired to test them out yourself!
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.
The Last of the Friend Group
Occupation: Entertainment Editor
Location: West Hollywood, California
Her story: "Despite all my friends jumping on the bandwagon, I held off on getting injectable wrinkle reducers for years — until I finally gave in. My first experience [went great]. A week after the injections (which were [relatively] quick and almost painless), I remember walking into the bathroom at work and [starting to see a smoother-looking forehead] seemingly out of nowhere. Since my first experience, I can't look at past photos the same way. I never realized just how my forehead was prior, and now I can't unsee those lines. I will continue to get the procedure done regularly as needed moving forward."
The Nervous First-Timer
Location: Los Angeles, California
Her story: “I started getting [injectable] wrinkle reducers when I was 22 years old. I was an on-camera host and I started noticing pretty deep wrinkles on my forehead, even with a resting face, in my clips. My father has deep wrinkles, so I sadly knew this was my future. I went to my long-time dermatologist Dr. Fincher in Los Angeles for my injectable wrinkle reducers, and I was freaking out. I remember telling my relatively new employer that I had a doctor’s appointment that morning — not a lie — and profusely sweating through my clothes before even walking into the building.
At the time, I was deathly afraid of needIes and was so nervous. The appointment felt like it took so long — but when I checked the time afterwards, it only took about 30 minutes total — which included a few tears before the treatment. The buildup was much, much worse than the actual treatment, which was almost painless. I went to work straight after — and did end up bruising a little, which was a dead giveaway. I loved [the results of] the injectable wrinkle reducer so much, I’ve been doing it ever since.”
Location: Boyle Heights, California
Her story: “I had been wanting to try injectable wrinkle reducer for a while, so I got it [a few] months before my wedding. I decided to do it sort of far out, just in case something went wrong. I went with my best friend to their long-time doctor. I don’t remember being nervous about the treatment, but I was a little antsy about it not looking good, just because of my wedding. A few pricks and I was out the door — and I was so happy with the results [when they set in]. I only wish I had done it a bit closer to the big day, because by the time my wedding rolled around, it was too soon to go again!”
The Pout Plumper
Occupation: Social Media Manager
Location: Santa Monica, California
Her story: “The first time I got injectable [filler] was at 28. I never hated my lips or found them to be too small, but a few friends had it done, and I loved how feminine and sexy they all looked, without looking like they’d altered something obvious. It was the first time I realized you could get [subtle-looking] injectables, and also the first time I had a bit of extra income to make some of these investments in myself. I was pleasantly surprised by the results. I even went back for a little more oomph.”
The “I’m Still Looking”
Occupation: Non-Profit Worker
Location: Valley Village, California
Her story: “I went to an injection party a friend was hosting. I had always wanted to try it out, and my friend had done it numerous times with the doctor that was going to be at the event. Unfortunately, after the results set in, I saw that my injections weren’t to my liking, and I had to wait for the effects to wear off. I’m still open to getting the treatment again, but from another provider who I’ll feel more comfortable with.” [Editor’s note: Read more about injection parties and the potential risks here.]