I Got Injectables in My Face and Here’s What Happened: part one

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I’ve always been ok with getting older. Because really, it beats the alternative (either death or having your soul eternally trapped in a painting in the attic). I embrace my age. I’m actually pretty proud of it. I’m 45 and I’m a lot smarter than I was when I was 25.

That being said, what is going on with my face? Where exactly is my top lip disappearing to? Did it get a second job? And these lines running vertically from my nose to mouth…am I turning into a puppet? The map of lines around my eyes, unless they are leading me to treasure I don’t want anything to do with them. I’m not cool with ANY of this.

So, when an opportunity arose to try the Galderma family of injectable treatments, administered by none other than Dr. Harold Lancer, a legend in skincare with an A-list client roster just as legendary, I couldn’t say “yes” fast enough. I had been thinking about treatments for the past two years. Not as a way to turn back the clock, but to make the current time a bit better. Know what I mean?


Dr. Lancer’s office is as beautiful as I had imagined. It’s modern and pristine, with art everywhere. I almost felt like I was in Beverly Hills home rather than an office. The Dr. himself is funny and friendly, and I instantly felt at ease.

One of the things I liked best was that rather than him telling me what he thought I needed done, he asked me what I felt I needed done. Ultimately, we agreed on what improvements could be made. He gave me a thorough explanation of what products to use on which region of the face, and why.

I’ll go more into the science of the products in post two. But as a brief intro, I would be getting Dysport; a neuromodulator that temporarily immobilizes muscles so that the skin doesn’t crease over them (plain English: less wrinkles). And I would also be getting the family of Restylane products; dermal fillers to expand areas that were losing volume.

I left the office excited for my upcoming treatment and even more excited to see the results (and share them with you!)


Next, it was time to have my “before” photo taken at a studio. It was the most “real” photo I’ve ever been in. Allow me to explain…

If you’re anything like me, you’ve taken, and deleted, countless selfies. I’m SURE you know which side is your best. You may even know tricks to get your best angles (neck out, chin down is my go to.) Imagine stripping that all away and what remains is you in a white t-shirt looking straight into the camera with a crew of around 10 people near-by. Oh yeah, your hair is basically slicked back and you’re wearing very little makeup.

But there’s a reason for it. Everyone involved wanted a true representation of what I look like to measure the results of the Galderma products. No filters, no angles, no tricks. Gulp.

Despite how terrifying that sounds, I was game because I knew regardless what I saw on my before, my after was going to be better.

Minimal makeup was artfully applied, my hair was styled completely off my face and I sat on what was essentially a giant lazy susan. After a series of head-on shots, I was spun in a circle in 1 inch increments for a 360 look at my head. It took 36 images for a full rotation. I tried not to blink and to look natural. We had to do it four times…turns out I am very much a blinker.

Restylane-before-photoMy professional “before” versus my selfie above where I was still working my angles!

I left the studio buzzing with excitement and full of hope for what was to come. I can’t wait to see the improved version of me. Stay tuned for my after shot and low down on the science behind these injectables (I know you’re beauty geeks too.)

we heartsters; have you ever gotten a dermal filler or injectable? Care to share in the comments?


  • Stef Andrews

    Stef is a plethora of things. Amongst them: co-founder of we heart this, photographer, condiment connoisseur, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie. She also has a touch of wanderlust and, arguably, the cutest dog in the whole world... skin tone: NC 25/30 skin type: oily with a fear of rosacea favorite beauty product: high end skincare and lip products


  1. You’re very brave! Looking forward to the next post.

  2. I’m eager to see it all. I’m impressed by his photo studio which shows he really knows what this is all about. I’ve had some Botox by my eyes and want it again. I’ve also had Restayline once and was bruised for weeks.

    1. That’s not Dr. Lancer’s studio, that would be impressive! But he’s pretty impressive all on his own. Sorry about your bruising, that was not the case for me. Were the results worth it though?

  3. I am not the only person on the edge of their seat…that follow up post can’t come soon enough!

  4. You are brave! I am very eager to hear all about it, especially the pain factor, because I am very fearful of needles! But, I do have a heck of a line, forming across my forehead, that I am quite angry about and really want to go away ?

  5. As another Philly girl of a certain age, I’ve pondered whether injectables would be part of my future. I await your next post with great anticipation but honestly, the good doctor has a lovely canvas to work with. I’d be delighted with your ‘before’ photo as my ‘after’

    1. That’s very nice to say, thank you!

  6. A) You look super regal in that photo, girl.
    B) Cannot wait for second post.
    C) Damn straight, I will seriously be considering intervention for my horrid forehead lines in the future.

    1. My hubby said I looked like a tennis player! LOL

  7. @stef – I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to hear what is next . . .
    Your before pic is beautiful!

  8. You look GORGEOUS in your “before” picture <3 I haven't gotten injectables YET, but I'm definitely planning on doing a bit of botox to wipe away my elevens and forehead lines (I only have slight lines at the moment, so I'm thinking preventatively!)

  9. How much longer do we have to wait to see part two!!! Can’t wait to see! :)

  10. and for the record, you already look great! :) xo

  11. This is super brave!! You are gorgeous! I think that the use of products and procedure are not necessary but perfectly ok if they make you feel more confident. I am very interested to hear more about the experience. Thanks for always being a fearless beauty leader!!

    1. Thanks for not judging even though you feel like this wouldn’t be for you. I appreciate it!

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