It’s not a filler, it’s not Botox. We reveal all about the entirely new category of injectable treatment taking the aesthetic industry by storm.
Profhilo has been the secret weapon of beauty insiders and beauty editors for a little while now; promoting radiance and hydration as well as correcting crepey, wrinkled skin that’s becoming saggy and lax, it’s easy to see why beauty journalists are raving about it. Even American beauty editors are hopping on planes to make Profhilo pilgrimages to the UK whilst they wait (not-so-patiently) for its imminent U.S launch.
At The Skin to Love Clinic, we too have been eagerly awaiting this treatment hitting the clinic. It’s not like any treatment we currently offer (and we offer a lot of treatments) and we’re not disappointed.
So, what is Profhilo?
Profhilo is an injectable treatment made of hyaluronic acid (much like fillers) which improves skin quality. Profhilo is produced in a special was which means not only does it hydrate and act like scaffolding within the skin, it also triggers a response in the tissue known as ‘bioremodeling’ which smooths, tightens and gives your skin an inner-glow. Literally.
In short, Profhilo remodels skin laxity and battles crepiness. It is not a replacement for fillers and Botox and can be used in combination with these other treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. Profhilo is working on the skin quality rather than the muscle movement which cause wrinkles (Botox treats this) or for the loss of volume in the fat pads and filling specific lines (fillers treat these concerns).
What is bioremodelling?
This is a process that is triggered in the skin to create lots of new, bouncy collagen and elastin which helps to combat the signs of skin ageing such as lines, crepiness, and dull, thinning skin.
How does it work?
Profhilo uses an incredibly pure form of synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) which is injected strategically into the upper-layers of the skin with a very small needle. Unlike HA used in filler treatments, this HA is very runny (think honey-like) which effortlessly disperses into the skin where it has a ‘scaffolding’ action on the tissues, hydrates and begins its bio-remodelling process.
How long does Profhilo take to work?
The results aren’t immediate as profhilo is a 2-part treatment; each session is 30 days apart from one another. In those 30 days after each session, your skin works hard, producing new, bouncy collagen and elastin to give your skin a firmer, smoother, plumper complexion. Full results are seen only after the second session as your skin produces more and more collagen and elastin, however, changes are often noticed after the first session.
What is the difference between Profhilo and dermal filler?
The only similarity between fillers and Profhilo is that they’re both made from hyaluronic acid which is injected into your tissues.
Fillers are quite a thick HA gels used to restore volume and definition to areas such as cheeks and lips, as well as smooth out specific wrinkles such as nose-to-mouth lines. Profhilo has a runnier consistency than fillers and is injected only into the upper layers of skin to hydrate and have a ‘scaffolding’ effect within the skin, as well as improve the quality of your skin thanks to its ability to trigger bioremodelling.
The Times beauty journalist, Olivia Falcon, describes it brilliantly: “Imagine your skin is a bed: rather than plumping up the pillows (the effect fillers have on the skin), Profhilo increases the thread count of the sheets (your skin).”
What do I look like after the treatment?
There is no downtime; immediately after the procedure, you can see small bumps, much like an insect bite or bee sting, at the site of the injection. These are very easy to cover usually and can take up to 24 hours to settle.
The innovative injection technique used during a Profhilo treatment means that only 5 small injections are needed each side of the face meaning that the treatment is quick and comfortable.
Is Profhilo safe?
Profhilo is biocompatible due to its pure grade hyaluronic acid which is free of additives, therefore reducing side effects and offering greater safety. To date, over a million Profhilo treatments have been administered all over the world and nobody has had a serious reaction to the treatment.
Despite the incredibly high HA content is has a low inflammatory profile, pro-healing properties and is backed by clinical studies.
If you would like to learn more about this treatment and if it would be suitable for your skin concerns, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation with one of our medical practitioners.
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