I had the opportunity to visit Blackhawk Plastic Surgery for a tour of their facility and to get some help with my wrinkles. And now here comes today’s #realtalk moment: You guys? I loooooove me some facial injections. Yep. I do. And I’m not ashamed. The first time I ever had Botox was when I was… geez I can’t even remember my exact age… 26 maybe, I think? I got my 11’s all froze up — you know, those vertical lines that happen in between your eyebrows when you’re mad, or in my case when you’re… well… anything? Yeah those. I swear my 11’s were permanent by the time I turned 18 due to ‘resting biotch face’. Awesome.
Anywhooooo, it only took one time of freezing up those frown lines for me to fall totally in love with facial injections. They are like magic. And I like magic. This kind at least.
Which is what lead me to Blackhawk Plastic Surgery in Danville, CA. I’d heard of their facility before because of the renowned doctor who runs the show there, Dr. Ronan, and because they just do great work. So I was stoked to go see what all the fuss was about for myself. And you guys: It… Was… Awesome.
So let’s get this out of the way first: Why I shamelessly love Botox/Dysport/Fillers, etc.:
- Because as a solution for existing fine lines and wrinkles, you literally cannot beat it. I don’t care what cream you’re using– there is nothing that can come close to providing the instant results that these injections achieve.
- Because as a preventative measure, you also cannot beat it. Ok, don’t get me wrong here. I definitely DO NOT think that injections should take the place of a super solid, daily skin care regimen with high quality products. I personally use Rodan & Fields skin care products daily and I LOVE them. However, the thing with facial injections like Botox and Dysport is that depending on how much you get, they literally freeze the movement of wherever it’s injected. And if you can’t make that motion any more, you’re not going to create those lines. And the less you make those lines, the less intense they’ll be. Does that make sense? Like if I literally can’t furrow my brow, I’m not going to create the 11 lines between my eyebrows for as long as the injection lasts (typically 3-4 months). And therefore the wrinkles don’t get worse! It’s a beautiful thing.
- Cuz nothing feels quite as epic as having those 11’s and forehead wrinkles disappear. Seriously though guys – talk about an instant confidence booster! I feel so much more radiant and youthful and beautiful when I have injections because my fine lines are nowhere to be found.
- And for the record, I’m all for aging gracefully. I think there is definitely a need for balance and moderation with all of this stuff. Aging is a part of life – it happens to us all. And it’s not something to be ashamed of! For that reason, I can totally see why there are some people who are very against getting injections. BUT, I personally don’t think aging gracefully and getting facial injections have to be mutually exclusive. I think you can do both. I personally view Botox or Dysport or other facial injections as just another form of skin care/skin management. We all want to look and feel our best. As long as the approach isn’t overboard, I think one can get injections and embrace/love/accept their gracefully aging skin, all at the same time.
Here are the injections I received:
- 3 areas of Dysport — in my forehead, in-between my eyebrows, and in my crow’s feet (Dysport is like Botox but a different brand)
- 1 Syringe Restylane Define — in the laugh lines around my mouth – or as we refer to them, my ‘marionette’ lines.
Here’s what I specifically loved about the injections:
- The Dysport was awesome. It completely froze the areas I wanted it to (in-between my eyebrows) but I still had movement in my forehead so that I didn’t look like a stone-face creep.
- Specifically around my eyes in the crow’s feet area, I loved the Dysport way more than Botox. I’ve only ever gotten Botox once in my crow’s feet area, but until it wore off a little bit I remember feeling like my smile was a little weird. Don’t know if it looked that way to anyone else, but the restriction of movement felt strange to me and I remember not liking that. With the Dysport I did not have that experience at all. The injections removed the crow’s feet situation but didn’t limit the range of motion in my smile. I think this also speaks to Dr. Ronan’s experience and skill level, because a lot of times it’s a matter of how and where exactly the product is injected. Not all injectors are equal in their injection skills! Don’t forget that!
- I loooooved the Restylane Define in the laugh-lines by my mouth (marionettes). This was my first time using a filler and my first time getting an injection in that part of my face. I was kind of mystified by how it turned out you guys. The Restylane did not conflict with my face’s range of motion at all. Like not at all. However, when my face was in a resting state (how weird did that sound?), the marionette lines were not there, at all. It was like the very best of both worlds. Like friggin’ magic I tell you.
Oh, and if you’ve never gotten a facial injection before and you’re wondering if it hurts, here’s a totally honest answer: not really. Seriously though… it maybe hurts like 2.75% out of 100%. Definitely not enough that you couldn’t handle it, and deffffffinitely not enough that it would warrant not doing it. That would just be asinine.
- The results looked and felt very, very natural. That obviously is the thing I loved MOST about the results. No one wants to leave looking fake. And I didn’t feel that way at all. Praise the Lord!
And here’s what I loved about Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, specifically:
- K, the coolest aspect of Blackhawk in my opinion is their VIP Beauty Memberships. You guys – have you ever felt like you would do a procedure/facial injection but it seems like there’s no way you could afford it? Say hello to VIP BEAUTY MEMBERSHIPS! This thing allows you to pay a low monthly fee that goes toward your procedures so that you never have to pay a massive lump sum. Is that not amazing? You better believe I signed up for that ish. Such a great solution for managing the cost of this stuff. You also get free gifts, a free HyrdraFacial when you sign up, and you’ll get invited to VIP parties. Memberships start at just $50 a month!
- The office/location also impressed me. It was immaculate for one, which is an obvious must-have. But on top of that the staff was super friendly and nice. Which we love.
- Finally, the surgeon at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery, Dr. Ronan, is a renowned doctor with all the credentials he could possibly need to harvest your confidence in his ability to get the job done right – whatever that job happens to be. On top of being good at what he does (thank goodness), he was nice and professional and made me feel totally comfortable.
In all honesty you guys, I’ve received facial injections several times in my life now from several different places, and this was by far the best experience and the best results I’ve ever had. I was super, super pleased with how it all went and how it looks.
So there you have it! Now let’s get real…
Have you ever or would you ever get facial injections or another type of procedure?
And you guys – if you’ve ever thought about doing this but have concerns or questions, PLEASE don’t hesitate to ask me! Send me an email or leave a comment. Happy to share honest feedback from my own personal experiences.
And let me know what questions you have about Blackhawk Plastic Surgery specifically!
Hope you had a great Tuesday!