What product is used?
Profhilo is the first BDDE-free pure/stabilised injectable hyaluronic acid (HA) for treating skin laxity. It has one of the highest concentrations of HA on the market (64mg / 2ml).
The absence of this synthetic chemical commonly found in other dermal fillers is a great appeal for those seeking a more natural product as well as reassuring those concerned about chemicals in cosmetic injections.
How does Profhilo work?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural constituent of skin, young skin is continuously moisturised from within by this naturally occurring sugar. It attracts and holds on to water to provide hydration, structure and volume. The skin’s levels of HA dramatically diminish with age causing skin to become dry and lose volume, wrinkles and grooves begin to appear. Gravity also pulls the skin down resulting in folds and sagging.
In Profhilo, Low molecular weight HA is released slowly from the HA hybrid complexes and provides hydration to the skin throughout in the epidermis – the ‘Hydro effect’
High molecular weight HA in Profhilo provides a stable HA architecture in the dermis. This gives a volumetric effect – the ‘Lift effect’
Profhilo increases the levels of type I and type III collagen in fibroblast and type IV and VII collagen in keratinocytes.
This results in improved skin quality and skin hydration both in the dermis and epidermis. There is also increased production of endogenous HA and elastin giving the skin a more youthful look.
Profhilo can be used on its own and also achieves excellent results in combination with other aesthetic treatments.
- Profhilo addresses loose skin/sagging
- Boosts and hydrates skin
- Remodels ageing and sagging tissue
How popular is this treatment?
This is a new treatment brought to the UK in 2016. It has become a very popular and award winning product. It is described as a ‘game changer’ in facial aesthetics.
2016 Winner – Aesthetics Awards Product Innovation of the Year
2016 Commendation – Aesthetics Awards Injectable Product of the Year
2017 Commendation – The Harley Academy Award for Injectable Product of the Year
What areas can be treated?
What happens during my consultation?
During your consultation a detailed medical history will be taken, helping the medical specialist to determine whether Profhilo is an appropriate product/treatment for you to receive and whether it will help you achieve the results that you are looking for. During this consultation the potential risks and aftercare recommendations are discussed, helping you determine whether this form of injectable treatment is really right for you. You may also require this face to face assessment to determine how many sessions you may require.
What happens during my treatment appointment?
Local anaesthetic topical cream can be applied to the areas to be injected prior to the treatment if necessary, the skin is cleaned with an appropriate solution.
The prefilled syringe of Profhilo is injected using a small needle. A total of 10 injections are given, 5 to each side of the face or 10 to the neck area.
What’s the aftercare advice?
You will be given verbal advice and an advice card. You should not wear makeup or drink alcohol for 24 hours after treatment. You should avoid extreme heat or extreme cold for 7 days post treatment.
How long do the results last?
Who is not suitable for this treatment?
- Anyone allergic to any of the ingredients in the Profhilo (Hyaluronic acid is a natural constituent of skin therefore you would not be allergic to this)
- Skin infection at the injection site
- Profhilo treatment is contraindicated for some people with certain auto-immune diseases
- If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breast-feeding (It is not known if the Profhilo can be harmful to your unborn child)
Before and after Profhilo
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Treatment frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Typically 6-9 months.
No. This treatment does not change your facial expressions and is very subtle.
The most common potential side effects are local swelling and tenderness, occasionally bruising. Less common are infection, lumps and nodules.