Conventional advice on relationships advises honesty and communication — both of which inherently discourage secret-keeping. Yet, when the secret is an injectable wrinkle reducer or injectable filler appointment, even the most communicative couples have found themselves going mum. Of course, whether you decide to tell your partner about a recent treatment experience or not is up to you. However, them eventually discovering the truth is another issue entirely. Below, three women share the moment they realized their significant other had gone under the needle, unbeknownst to them.
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.
Occupation: Assistant Fashion Designer
Location: Arts District, Los Angeles
How she found out: “My husband and I have been married for three years now; before that, we’d been dating for seven. So, I’ve seen this guy’s face for a while now. On the eve of his 40th birthday, he complained about creasing near his brow. I’m not going to lie — the line had been getting more prominent over the years. But I liked it! One day, though, I noticed that the crease [looked less prominent]. That night, I asked him whether he’d gotten injectable wrinkle reducers. He smiled somewhat creepily and said yes! Now, he complains so much less about the forehead wrinkle, so he’s less annoying!”
Location: Santa Monica, California
How she found out: “I have been getting wrinkle reducers for a few years now, and my S.O. would always ask me a million questions: ‘Does it hurt?’ ‘How much does it cost?’ ‘How many injections?’ ‘How long does it take?’ ‘How long do the results it last?’ He wanted to know literally everything about injectable wrinkle reducers. And then, right before my most recent appointment, he actually asked whether he could come along. At the time, I thought he just had an obsession with injectables — like how people obsess over pimple-popping videos — but, as it turned out, my appointment turned into his consultation. He admitted he had been contemplating injectables after a ‘friend’ of his had been treated. He made an appointment that day for the following week. He is so happy with his results.”
Occupation: Physician’s Assistant
Location: Brentwood, California
How she found out: “I am a physician’s assistant at a plastic surgeon’s office in Beverly Hills. For my boyfriend’s mom’s birthday, I surprised her with a consultation for injectable filler. The results were incredible, and my boyfriend was blown away! He’d had a deep wrinkle [on his forehead] that had been bugging him for a while. So, after seeing his mom’s results, he asked whether there was anything we could do about it. So, we [temporarily] handled it [with injectable wrinkle reducer]. He’s happy with the results! . . . even though he was sort of a baby during it.”