If you regularly invest in medical aesthetics treatments, then you know carefully scheduling your appointments is essential — not only for the results, but also for your bank account. We’ve asked women in Dallas, Los Angeles, and Nashville about how much — and how often — they’re spending on injectables, and this time, we’re heading back to California. Just as there’s no offseason for San Diego’s beaches, injectables patients are budgeting year-round for treatments. From rotating appointments to credit cards strictly for aesthetics expenses, five San Diego-based women talked with SpotlyteTM about their spending habits and how they’re affording it all.
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.
First Name: Amanda
Occupation: Real Estate
Location: La Jolla, CA
What do you get done, and how often? Injectable wrinkle reducers, [three to four] times a year.
Average spend per visit on injectables: $400 to $650
Yearly spend on injectables: About $2,600
How do you budget for injectables? I cut back on certain items and make a monthly budget for similar expenses. My beauty and medical aesthetic items are part of my non-negotiable budget — like my rent or cell phone bills. To budget for skincare and aesthetics routines, it's a trade-off. I definitely don't eat out or go out as much as I did in my twenties, but alcohol and unhealthy food aren’t great for your skin anyway, so it's a win-win!
What is your stance on injectables? I'm all for them. I think when people start to emulate celebrities, though, they forget that facial features read differently in photos than they do in real life. What looks good on Instagram® does not always look good in real life. It's also so interesting when traveling — women in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego definitely have a unique “look” that would make them stand out in Chicago or Nashville. I think [subtlety] is a great approach.
What’s your most costly beauty or aesthetics expense? Definitely my [medical aesthetics injections].
First Name: Amanda
Occupation: Director of Operations for a Financial Advisory Firm
Location: San Diego, CA
What do you get done, and how often? Injectable wrinkle reducer every four months and injectable filler every four to six months.
Average spend per visit on injectables: Up to $700 for injectable wrinkle reducer and/or filler
Yearly spend on injectables: Around $2,000
How do you budget for injectables? I try to plan them around times I don’t have a lot of expensive things going on, like travel, which is what I spend the most money on. I’m a total planner, so I can usually map out my expenses easily. I’ll be real, though: if I want injectable wrinkle reducer, I will throw it on my credit card and worry about it later.
What is your stance on injectables? If it’s what you want to spend your hard earned money on, you should be able to without judgement. As I’ve started getting injectable wrinkle reducer, I’ve found out how many of my friends and acquaintances do as well, but don’t talk about it. It should be something we chat about — just like we would chat about where we get our hair done and how much we love our nail tech! There’s such a stigma around it that doesn’t need to be there.
What’s your most costly beauty or aesthetics expense? My lips [aesthetics injections]. But at the end of the day, it all evens out annually, based on how often I get injectable filler in my lips and injectable wrinkle reducer.
First Name: Dana
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Location: Del Mar, CA
What do you get done, and how often? Injectable wrinkle reducer in my forehead and crow’s feet, and filler in my cheeks and lips.
Yearly spend on injectables: Around $2,350
How do you budget for injectables? I have one credit card that I use for these expenses only. I never do all [my treatments] at once. I rotate between injectable wrinkle reducer and fillers throughout the year, and always make sure the card is at a zero balance each time I return for a new visit.
My husband and I have what we call “fun money.” We each get so much every month. I save mine and pay off this card to cover my expenses. If the balance is high, then I cut back on other things as well.
What is your stance on injectables? For me, injectable wrinkle reducers and fillers are [great treatments]! You can [temporarily] smooth and plump areas [with them]. [But], I believe in keeping everything looking as [subtle] as possible.
What’s your most costly beauty or aesthetics expense? I would definitely say that [injectable aesthetics] is my biggest expense, but one that I feel is well worth it!
First Name: Vanessa
Occupation: Customer Relations Manager
Location: Carlsbad, CA
What do you get done, and how often? Injectable wrinkle reducer every three to four months. Lip filler and laugh lines once a year.
Average spend per visit on injectables: $300 to $1000
Yearly spend on injectables: About $2,000
How do you budget for injectables? I get a monthly “spiff” check at work. So I take one of those checks every three months straight to my face!
What is your stance on injectables? Why not smooth out the appearance of wrinkles? It’s not about looking different, it’s about looking [like you want to].
What’s your most costly beauty or aesthetics expense? [My aesthetics expense of] injectable wrinkle reducers.
First Name: Ruby
Location: San Diego, CA
What do you get done, and how often? Injectable wrinkle reducer and fillers twice a year.
Average spend per visit on injectables: $500 to $800
Yearly spend on injectables: $1,000 to $2,000
How do you budget for injectables? I have a budget, which includes skin products and medical aesthetic treatments like injectables, and I try to stick to that budget. I spend less on clothes — I think it's worth it!
What is your stance on injectables? The [results] make a positive difference. Injectable wrinkle reducers [temporarily] smooth the appearance of wrinkles, which leaves me [really liking the results].
What’s your most costly beauty or aesthetics expense? Clothing is still my highest budgetary expense.
First Name: Kimberly
Location: San Diego, CA
What do you get done, and how often? Injectable wrinkle reducer three times a year.
Average spend per visit on injectables: $600
Yearly spend on injectables: $2,500, including a one-time filler treatment
How do you budget for injectables? I cut back on certain expenses and make sure I set aside a certain amount each month. I also cut back on going out and ask for gift cards around my birthday or Christmas.
What is your stance on injectables? They’re good as long as they’re used in moderation.
[Editor’s note: Injectable wrinkle reducers should not be used more frequently than every three months.]
What’s your most costly beauty or aesthetics expense? Injectables by far [is my biggest aesthetics expense]. I have low maintenance hair color and skincare refining.