In the spirit of friendship, we chat with two friends who went in to get their Restylane fillers together.

 

 

The Friend Factor  

There’s something uniquely beautiful about sharing an experience with a tried and true friend.  And when it comes to navigating the world of aesthetic treatments, having your bestie by your side is a sure-fire way to make it worth your while. The value of your trusted bond as the source of some serious truth-telling should not be dismissed.

According to Galderma’s latest national survey, Grace in Aging 2.0*, the influential power of friends and family (62%) far outweigh than that of celebs (11%) when it comes to making decisions about your facial appearance.

 

Lesley and Deanna

Two besties, Lesley and Deanna, are working moms in their mid-40s who share a solid decade-long friendship. Their excitement at the thought of being able to go and experience Restylane treatments together proved true the notion that having a support system while getting cosmetic fillers dulls the anxiety on what could be viewed by some as an intimidating experience.

Deanna, 47, had gone down the rejuvenation road before, and had a similar treatment done years ago. This time however, she realized the benefits of having someone by your side. “Looking back I wish I had taken a friend with me. Having Lesley there made all the difference.”

Lesley, 46, agreed with the value of having a buddy system, and the added comfort of Deanna having experienced rejuvenating treatments before certainly helped ease her apprehension. “Deana is my daily rock, so I knew if she had done it before it was going to be fine. I just had to get past my nerves.”

Lesley - who was also “terrified of needles” - was instantly comforted by the friendly staff at the Toronto-based clinic and surprised by the simplicity of the pain-free procedure. “The actual treatment was easy and not as scary as I thought.” Deanna agreed to not to focus on the actual needle too much, laughing, “looking at the needle is worse than the actual injection.”

 

 

Filler Friendship Moment 

Following their medical consultation, Lesley and Deanna both opted for their respective treatments to target their tired appearance. And why not? Treatment taboos have long been shattered, with 71% now supporting the notion of personal choice in using cosmetic fillers or toxins, saying ‘good for them’ (18%) or saying that it is none of their concern (53%). Nowadays, aging is understood as being both physical and emotional, and looking and feeling refreshed and natural.

When asked if it was helpful to have their close friend share in the experience, both responded with a resounding “Yes!”

Even if they hadn’t done the Restylane treatments together, the peace-of-mind offered by having the comfort of a support system far outweighed everything else. And sharing bouts of excited energy was the perfect platform for more bonding.

“Having a friend there helped to eliminate the fear of the unknown, especially if you do not like needles, like Lesley,” Deanna explained. “I found it to be fun and it takes some of the pressure off that we as women tend to put on ourselves. Lesley and I made a day out of it with lunch and some shopping.”

Lesley whole-heartedly agreed that, “this experience has made us closer and I didn’t think we could get closer.”

Deanna pointed out that by sharing their Restylane filler session their bond grew stronger “It can be a very personal decision, something you don't share with just anyone. So, having your best friend go along and participate with you is something special.”

 

The Results

At the end of their Restylane filler sessions, both Lesley and Deanna walked away with fresher faces, more memories and a stronger bond between the two. 

Deanna noted, “It's been a few months now since the procedure and I feel great. I look fresh faced, like I've had a good night’s sleep as opposed to always looking tired and angry. It's an amazing feeling when your daughter’s friends don't believe how old you actually are!”

 

 

*An online survey of 1501 Canadians was completed between October 5-18, 2016, using Leger’s online panel, LegerWeb. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

*These are real patients and all opinions expressed are their own.