What is Profhilo®?
Profhilo® is a type of injectable rejuvenation treatment, and unlike dermal fillers or Botox it is not designed to add volume to the skin, or restrict movement in the facial muscles. Instead, this anti-ageing hydration treatment contains high levels of Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring compound which helps improve tone, texture and elasticity. It uses a unique concentration of Hyaluronic Acid, which penetrates deeply through the skin to accelerate the production of collagen and elastin, creating plumper skin. Profhilo® works across the entire face rather than focusing on one area, and is therefore fantastic for those looking to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and achieve an overall more youthful appearance.
Who is Profhilo® for?
As we age, the presence of hyaluronic acid in the skin naturally starts to drop, which causes the skin to lose its natural firmness and elasticity. Most people begin to see the effects of hyaluronic acid depletion as they reach their 30s – and Profhilo® is the perfect treatment for anyone looking to counteract this.
Where can Profhilo® be used?
Profhilo® is usually administered into the skin in five key areas (when administered to the face): the tops of cheeks, side of the face, lines around the mouth, nasolabial folds and laughter lines. It can also be used to improve the appearance of the skin around the neck, chest and décolletage or anywhere on the body to achieve tighter, firmer more hydrated skin.
What happens during treatment?
A fine needle is used to inject small amounts of Hyaluronic Acid into 5 specific areas on each side of the face. A topical anaesthetic cream is applied prior to the treatment and generally takes around 30 minutes to perform, once your consent has been obtained and photos have been taken. It is generally described as only mild in discomfort, if at all.
Are there any side effects?
Hyaluronic Acid is very well tolerated by the skin. The only reported side effects are bruising and mild swelling at the injection sites. These generally disappear in a short period of time and are associated with the needle, not the product.
Profhilo® was launched in February 2015 in Italy. It has been used worldwide ever since. From a safety perspective, Profhilo® is highly bio-compatible because it is made from ultra-pure, natural Hyaluronic Acid and is stabilised without the addition of chemical cross-linking agents. This reduces the risk of adverse reactions.
Is there any downtime with the treatment?
The downtime following a Profhilo® treatment is minimal. When injected, using the five-point technique on each side of the face, there will be small localised bumps where the product is placed. This is not cause for concern and is a normal part of the procedure. These lumps will then start to diffuse very quickly, sometimes within 4-6 hours, and they disappear completely by the next day.
When will I see results?
Profhilo® ‘remodels’ the skin after just 2 treatments (4 weeks apart) resulting in tighter, firmer, hydrated, smoother, radiant skin. Sometimes further treatments are required to see the full benefit of Profhilo®. Generally this would be determined during your initial consultation.
We may then recommend top-up and maintenance sessions, depending on your body’s response to the initial treatment.