Once you book the consultation, try the treatment, and enjoy the temporary results of your injectable wrinkle reducer, it’s only natural that you gush about it to your friends. Sharing the news with your parents, however, can be a completely different experience. As a grown adult, it’s obviously not necessary to tell your parents everything (like how your idea of working vegetables into your diet is via potato chips). However, if you’re someone who tends to share a lot with your parents, then you may want to prepare yourself.
Telling your parents that you’ve gotten injectables can be tricky, as more mature generations can be unknowledgeable about medical aesthetics, or consider it a taboo point of discussion. Furthermore, many people believe that aesthetic treatments can make the recipient look drastically different. But, once your parents see your results and the subtlety of them, there’s an excellent chance they’ll get over the initial surprise of your news. Ahead, five women share their parents’ intimate reactions when they told them they got injectable wrinkle reducers.
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.
Occupation: Fifth Grade Teacher
Location: South Bay, California
“I tell my mom everything and am awful at keeping secrets, but I was oddly really nervous to tell her that I had tried injectable wrinkle reducers. We were out to dinner when I told her that I had gotten them a few weeks back. She took a very long pause, laughed, and said, ‘Really?’ She hadn’t even noticed…”
Location: Truckee, California
“My parents live on the East Coast, so I told my mom via our weekly phone call. She was like, ‘Why?’ She immediately FaceTimed me, and once she saw I looked the same, she was relieved.”
Location: Los Angeles, California
“I told my mom on the phone. I was anticipating backlash, but she just said something along the lines of, ‘Oh, that’s nice — anyways...’ My mom likes to talk (and hear herself talk!) so much that I’m not sure she even heard me! It clearly didn’t rock her world.”
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Location: Brentwood, California
“When my parents were visiting me, I told both of them at the same time. They were actually pretty upset, which I was surprised about. They ended up getting over it, because the results from my injectable wrinkle reducer treatment looked so subtle. I think they were mostly just disappointed that I wanted to tweak something.”
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Location: Culver City, California
“They were not happy! My mom is very dramatic, so I expected her reaction: she went on a rampage sending me links of why I shouldn’t get injectable wrinkle reducers. Eventually, she cooled down — and recently, she told me that she thinks [the results] look really good. She’s definitely warmed up to it!”