As a longtime beauty editor and writer, I have learned the ins and outs of injectable wrinkle reducers over the years. I’ve written countless stories on the topic and interviewed tons of dermatologists about how they work, how often to get them, where exactly to get them, how much they cost ($400 to $600 on average, FYI) and so on. But until a few short months ago, I wasn’t ready to take the plunge to try them myself. It’s a very personal decision and I just wasn’t there yet.
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.
Truth be told, I am a little needle-phobic. I dreaded shots as a child and would hide under the table at my pediatrician’s office (true story!) and sadly, the fear did not fade away as I grew into adulthood (I’m now 36). This definitely was part of my hesitation to try injectable wrinkle reducers, as embarrassing as it sounds. Surpassing that fear — which seemed pretty minor after doing IVF treatments to get my beautiful baby boy — helped me move forward with my decision to try them.
But learning to deal with needles was only one small factor. (And, by the way, I barely flinched when my dermatologist did the injections!) Here are the five reasons that I finally practiced what I preached — in my stories at least.
Reason I Decided to Try Injectable Wrinkle Reducers #1: As soon as I got pregnant — and knew I couldn't get injectable wrinkle reducers — I started noticing my lines even more.
This was the cliché “you want what you can’t have” situation. Once I got pregnant, it was as if these lines and wrinkles just magically appeared when I knew I wasn’t allowed to do much about them. (In addition to not getting injectable wrinkle reducers while pregnant, you also should avoid using retinol, one of the most potent topical wrinkle-fighting ingredients.) I decided that I would wait until the baby came and I was finished breastfeeding, and if I still felt strongly about my lines, I would move forward with injections. Just as I anticipated, my feelings stayed the same when I was postpartum.
Retinol shouldn't be used by women who are pregnant, considering getting pregnant, or nursing. Please consult with your doctor before use.
Reason I Decided to Try Injectable Wrinkle Reducers #2: I couldn’t stop seeing my lines in photos and the mirror.
As I mentioned above, these lines seemed to get much more apparent once I was pregnant. While I’m sure some of that was in my head (we are all our own worst enemies, right?), I started noticing my crow’s feet and forehead lines in every picture I took and every time I looked in the mirror. It’s really hard to “unsee” things once you are aware of them. For better or worse, the Paris filter on Instagram® became my new best friend.
Reason I Decided to Try Injectable Wrinkle Reducers #3: All of my friends had already tried them and I was curious.
By no means did I ever feel peer pressure to try injectable wrinkle reducers. That being said, many of my friends — both in the beauty world and not — had gotten injectable wrinkle reducers and were hooked after seeing the results. I was very intrigued by the fact that I could barely tell that most of them had gotten anything done. Seeing is definitely believing in this case.
Individual experiences may vary.
Reason I Decided to Try Injectable Wrinkle Reducers #4: I knew that it’s only a temporary treatment and I could start with one area of my face to see how I liked it before committing to more.
The fact that injectable wrinkle reducers are temporary — you can get them done no sooner than every three months — was a big selling point for me. I knew that if I liked them (which I did!), I could continue getting them down the road. If I didn’t like the results, though, I wasn’t committed to changing my appearance permanently. I also liked the idea of starting with one area (crow’s feet in my case) before going all in with my forehead and my elevens. This allowed me to “get my feet wet” with injectable wrinkle reducers and start slow.
I also chose my dermatologist very carefully. I went to Dendy Engelman, MD, for my injections for multiple reasons. I’ve known Dr. Dendy for many years and felt very comfortable with her. I knew she would walk me through the experience step by step and basically hold my hand through it. (The honest truth: another beauty editor friend actually did stay in the room and hold my hand during my appointment.) I also knew that she would be conservative with my treatment, especially as a first-timer.
Reason I Decided to Try Injectable Wrinkle Reducers #5: I feel like I constantly look tired as a new mom and my crow's feet don't help.
Now this is a big one. All of you new (or not new, for that matter) moms know what I’m talking about. The sleep deprivation is real, especially those first few months, and I could really see it in my face, especially around my eyes. While I was definitely hoarding eye creams and gel eye patches, the idea of reducing the appearance of my crow’s feet for months at a time was very appealing to me. While getting injectable wrinkle reducers wouldn’t impact my dark circles, if one of my eye issues could become less noticeable, that was a big win in my book.
And there you have it: the five main reasons that led this former needle-phobic and skincare junkie new mama to try injectable wrinkle reducers for the first time. Just like choosing new products — which I take very seriously — trying a new treatment can be scary, intimidating, and exciting all at the same time. That’s precisely why it’s super important to do your research, ask lots of questions, and to choose your provider wisely. While I may have ignored this advice as a teenager, it couldn’t ring more true: always do your homework.
Learn more about injectable wrinkle reducers:
- How 5 Women’s Partners Found Out They Got Injectables
- The 8 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Injectable Wrinkle Reducers & Fillers — Answered!
- What My First Injectable Wrinkle Reducer Appointment Was Like
Dr. Dendy Engelman is a paid Allergan® consultant.
Complimentary treatment was provided to the author for the purpose of writing this article.