Profhilo and Dermal Fillers are both common injectable aesthetic treatments containing hyaluronic acid used to treat visible signs of ageing, but this is where their similarities end. Profhilo and fillers are actually very different…
What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is an injectable Hyaluronic acid treatment rapidly rising in popularity. You may already be familiar with topical hyaluronic acid, as it is very common in the skincare and beauty industries, and for good reason! Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body, which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, making it especially moisturising and hydrating. When applied to the skin surface, hyaluronic acid makes skin look and feel younger and moisturised, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.Profhilo takes these benefits a step further by injecting a pure, concentrated hyaluronic acid gel into the skin with a very thin needle to stimulate dermal cells, increasing skin elasticity and collagen formation – restoring firmness to the skin from within.
What are the benefits of Profhilo?
Profhilo is basically an injectable moisturiser. By introducing the hyaluronic acid directly into the skin, hydration is promoted from within to create a healthy glow and improved skin appearance. Profhilo also produces longer term benefits by stimulating the production of new collagen, which results in firmer, younger looking skin with an improved surface texture. Profhilo can also help to reduce the appearance of rosacea and photoaged skin. Because of these results, Profhilo has rapidly risen in popularity to become one of the most popular anti-ageing treatments available, and can be used anywhere that may show visible signs of ageing, including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, and legs.
How does Profhilo work?
While Profhilo contains the same active molecule – hyaluronic acid – found in dermal fillers, skin care creams, and many other treatments, not all hyaluronic acids are created equally. The chemistry is deep and complex, but put simply, hyaluronic acid molecules of different molecular weights produce different effects and results. Profhilo contains both low and high molecular weight Hyaluronic acid molecules. The lower weight hyaluronic acids are readily absorbed and have a regenerative effect, while the higher weight hyaluronic acids remain in the skin for longer, and retain water to reduce skin sagging. The hyaluronic acids also stimulate dermal cells to produce more collagen.The body will naturally break down the Profhilo fully in about a month, but the new collagen will remain to keep skin looking younger.For the best results, two treatments are recommended one month apart. Continued treatments after a further six months can help prolong the benefits.
How is Profhilo different from fillers?
While both fillers and Profhilo contain hyaluronic acid, fillers also contain BDDE (1,4-butanediol diglycidyl) – cross linking molecules which hold the hyaluronic acid molecules together, to give the fillers their structure and prevent or slow the rate at which the hyaluronic acid is broken down by the body. As a result, fillers typically last for months to years. Profhilo however, is 100% pure hyaluronic acid and contains no BDDE cross linking molecules. Instead, it is stabilised by weaker hydrogen bonds, allowing the body to easily break it down after about 4 weeks, only leaving behind the new collagen formed and a more youthful appearanceProfhilo and fillers also differ in how they are administered and what they are used to treat. Dermal fillers are typically injected into specific areas of the face to create definition and volume in that area, with very little spreading to the rest of the face. Fillers are usually used to counteract the volume lost due to the ageing process.Profhilo is designed and intended to spread out evenly from the injection site to improve the appearance of the whole face, without altering facial features, by improving skin hydration, elasticity, and texture.
Is Profhilo suitable for me?
If you feel your skin is showing visible signs of ageing like dehydration, dullness, and a loss of elasticity, you will definitely benefit from Profhilo treatments! Profhilo is also safe to use in conjunction with dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections (botox). A consultation with one of our clinicians would be required to ensure there are no contraindications.
What is the Downtime from Profhilo?
Profhilo treatments have very little downtime after treatment. You may experience small raised bumps at the injection sites which should disappear within 24 hours after treatment. It is recommended that you avoid exercise for 24 hours and do not use a steam room or sauna for a few days after treatment. You should also avoid the use of retinol, vitamin C serums, or any other products which could irritate your skin for 24 hours.
Is Profhilo safe?
Yes! Profhilo is safe and FDA approved, and because hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, Profhilo is highly biocompatible and there are minimal side effects other than slight inflammation at the injection site. Profhilo should only be administered by qualified aestheticians, and you should consult your doctor if you have any health concerns before getting the treatment.
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