Aesthetic Treatments

How 5 LA-Based Women Budget For Their Injectable Treatments

By Allison McNamara
How Women Budget For Injectables

All illustrations by Lauren Johnstone/The Covet Co

Few people would deny that medical aesthetic treatments have the power to change up your look (albeit temporarily). But it’s also true that injectable wrinkle reducers or fillers can rack up a pretty serious bill and, in some cases, thousands of dollars in added annual expenses. For many people, that kind of cost requires some careful budgeting. From skipping out on beauty treatments and saying bye-bye to frequent clothing purchases to eliminating fancy dinners, five Los Angeles-based women shared with Spotlyte™ how much they spend on injectables, who they see, and how they make room in their bank accounts for their treatments.

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[Editor’s note: 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 doctor to see if they’re right for you. And learn more by chatting now with a trained aesthetic specialist.

illustrations by Lauren Johnstone/The Covet Co
Name: Lily
Occupation: Influencer Agency Director
Industry: Digital Media
Age: 29
Location: Venice, California
 

Lily is a 29-year-old, Venice-based director at a digital influencer agency. She just started getting lip filler a year and a half ago, and skips two haircut and color appointments a year to pay for her filler, along with other luxury perks like fancy dinners and gel manis.

What do you get done, and how often?
“I have been getting lip filler for just about a year and a half. I get filler injected into my lips, and I get the ‘itch’ every six months to go in [for an appointment].” 
 
Yearly spend on injectables:
Lily spends between $800 and $1,500 annually on injectables.
 
How do you budget for injectables?
“Everything beauty- [and lifestyle-] related is so expensive in LA. I feel like it's impossible to get a haircut for less than $200. I typically will just manage my spending on a monthly basis, so if I'm going to splurge on filler, I'll make sure to skip a cut/color, a Brazilian blowout, gel manicures, etc for at least that month. Skipping two cut/color appointments allows me the room to splurge on injectables.
 

Injectables are definitely my most expensive [appointment], but since I'm only going [a few] times per year, I look for specials at my locations. I manage it how I manage eating out, shopping, and other luxury perks. I wouldn't be going to five-star dinners every night, but if I did go to one, I would make sure to cook at home the rest of that week.”

What is your stance on injectables?
“They're not for everyone (nor should they be!) but for me, personally, I’m happy with my results.”
illustrations by Lauren Johnstone/The Covet Co
Name: Jennifer
Occupation: Recruiter/Project Manager and Blogger
Age: 30
Location: Los Angeles, California
 

Jennifer is a 30-year-old recruiter and project manager with a side hustle as a travel and fashion blogger. She skips out on one to two REVOLVE (a trendy clothing and accessories e-commerce site) purchases a month along with dining out to get some extra spending cash for injectables.

What do you get done, and how often?
“I get wrinkle reducer injected — I do my glabella, my forehead, and I get it every three to four months. I started getting injectable wrinkle reducers when I was 25 and I’m 30 now, so [I’ve been using them for] five years.”
 
Yearly spend on injectables:
Jennifer spends between $900 to $1,400 annually on injectable wrinkle reducers.
 
How do you budget for injectables?
“Injectables are not cheap, so I had to make some shifts in my spending. I definitely cut back on my clothes shopping and dining out. I tend to purchase most my clothing off REVOLVE, where price points for items average $80 to $180. So by buying two or even one item fewer a month, coupled with cutting back on dining out (which is not cheap in LA), I was able to budget for my injectables.”
 
What’s your most costly beauty or lifestyle expense?
“Injectables are definitely one of the most expensive. For the past two years, it definitely was the most expensive because I stopped getting my hair balayaged and was rocking my naturally dark hair.”
illustrations by Lauren Johnstone/The Covet Co
Name: Caroline
Occupation: Real Estate Investor
Industry: Real Estate
Age: 31
Location: Hermosa Beach, California
 
Caroline, 31, is a real estate investor that resides in Hermosa Beach, California. In addition to spending $2,000 annually on injectables, she spends $30,000 a year on weekly hydra/oxygen facials and monthly microneedling and platelet-rich plasma treatments.
 
What do you get done, and how often?
“I get injectable wrinkle reducer. I have been getting [it] for 12 years and go every four months.”
 
Yearly spend on injectables:
She spends about $2,000 on her injectable treatments annually.
 
Do you budget for injectables?
“No, I don’t need to budget, but I would if I had to!”
 
What’s your most costly beauty or lifestyle expense?
“I get weekly hydra/oxygen facials at around $250 per 90-minute session, sometimes in conjunction with light microdermabrasion. Those add up to about $1,000 to $1,500 a month. I also get [monthly] microneedling with Venus Viva® Laser resurfacing and PRP at around $1,500.”
illustrations by Lauren Johnstone/The Covet Co
Name: Lizzy
Occupation: Music Studio Recording Engineer, Independent Personal Trainer, and Marketing Coordinator for a multi-location gym in the LA area.
Industry: Music and Fitness
Age: 30
Location: Los Angeles, CA
 
Lizzy is a 30-year-old studio recording engineer, independent personal trainer, and marketing coordinator for a multi-location gym in Los Angeles. She spends about $1,500 a year on injectable wrinkle reducers and now spends less on fancy coffee, expensive food, and extra clothes — but it’s worth it to her. Because nothing beats how happy she is with her results.
 
What do you get done, and how often?
“I get injectable wrinkle reducer and filler. I get injectable wrinkle reducers every three months and I have gotten filler for [my] cheeks once.”
 
Yearly spend on injectables:
“For injectable wrinkle reducers, about $1,200 and $1,200 for filler. Together, around $2,400.”
 
Do you budget for injectables?
“I typically will lower my general spending on extras and keep any larger purchases to a minimum.
 
I'll spend less money on fancy coffee, expensive food, forego buying clothing, or other items I want to budget for this. It is beyond worth it [to me].”
 
What’s your most costly beauty or lifestyle expense?
“Injectables are most expensive. I also get my nails done weekly or biweekly, hair done (cut and color) two to three times per year, go to a tanning salon a few times per month during the cold season, and get my eyebrows waxed about two times per month. I've also done laser hair removal a few times.”
illustrations by Lauren Johnstone/The Covet Co
Name: Alyson
Occupation: Digital and Social Media Strategy for a Television Production Company
Industry: New Media
Age: 29
Location: Marina Del Rey, California
 
Alyson is a newbie to injectables. She is a 29-year-old director of social media strategy for a television production company who just had her first appointment two months ago. She prepped her budget for injectables by skipping out on hair color, saving about $1,000 in a year.
 
What do you get done, and how often?
“Injectable wrinkle reducer in my forehead and some filler in my cheeks and [laugh lines]. I have only had one appointment so far since I just started in November 2018, but I do plan on getting wrinkle reducers every three to four months, and the filler should last me about a year!”
 
Yearly spend on injectables:
Alyson spends about $2,100 ($900 on injectable wrinkle reducers and $1,200 for fillers) annually on injectables.
 
Do you budget for injectables?
“I used to color my hair but decided to chop it all off and stop about a year ago, which allowed me to save up. Totally worth it [to me]. No more hair coloring, which I'm actually totally fine with as I think my natural color looks best on me anyway. I saved about $1,000 in a year for this!”
 
What’s your most costly beauty or lifestyle expense?
“I would say [injectables]. I get eyelash extensions every three weeks, but that's about $90 monthly ($1,080 a year).”
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