What is a Profhilo Treatment?
A Profhilo treatment is a deeply hydrating, injectable bio-remodelling procedure. ‘Bio-remodelling’ is the technical term for the process of lifting, tightening and restoring elasticity to skin that has become thin, loose and frail due to ageing.
Ageing changes the strength and texture of the skin. It becomes thinner, weaker and less flexible. As a result, it loses its ability to ‘spring back’ after a contraction, and so fine lines and wrinkles appear in the areas where the skin commonly creases. Additionally, as the skin loses its natural strength and firmness, it begins to droop and sag. The facial ligaments loosen, causing facial contours – such as the cheekbones and the eyebrows – to drop lower. The skin develops a frail, papery texture, and begins to look dull, flat and lacklustre.
This all happens because – as we age – the body produces less and less of the natural ingredients that it needs to maintain healthy, glowing skin. These ingredients are, principally, hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. When we’re young, the body produces a surplus of these natural substances, and they work collectively to keep the skin soft, tight, flexible and glowing.
A Profhilo treatment works by injecting highly concentrated, purified hyaluronic acid into the skin. This stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin, whilst also boosting the skin’s ability to retain moisture. As a result, the skin lifts and tightens. Fine lines and wrinkles fade or disappear completely, and the increased volume of water in the skin gives the face a healthy, youthful glow.
What Exactly is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance that is produced by the body. It is found in the skin, joints and cartilage. It has many uses, from serving as a cushioning lubricant between the joints and tissues, to maintaining the skin’s strength, softness and structure.
When it comes to skin, hyaluronic acid is all about water. It is responsible for binding moisture to the skin. In other words, it keeps the skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid can hold 1000 times its weight in water, and – as the skin needs moisture to stay soft, strong and flexible – it supplies the skin with this water to maintain its structure, texture and overall appearance.
As we mentioned, the body produces less hyaluronic acid as we age. This means that the skin becomes more dehydrated as we get older, and it is this lack of water which causes it to sag, droop, wrinkle and become frail. Applying a moisturiser to the skin will help to reverse these effects, but, ultimately, a moisturiser can only reach the outermost, surface layers of the skin. The deep layers of the skin – which were previously nourished by hyaluronic acid – remain dehydrated and dry.
Many dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid to lift the face and restore plumpness and elasticity to the skin. However, what makes Profhilo unique is that it only uses hyaluronic acid. In fact, the treatment uses a purified and highly concentrated form of hyaluronic acid. This means that it can be absorbed by the skin more easily and provide a deeply healing, intense hydration.
What Does a Profhilo Treatment Do and How Does it Work?
Essentially, a Profhilo treatment improves the overall texture and appearance of the skin by doing two things: boosting the volume of water in the skin, and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
Before a Profhilo treatment, your dermatologist will determine and mark out the areas of the face or body that will receive an injection of hyaluronic acid. Unlike dermal fillers (which typically have a thicker, more viscous consistency), Profhilo is runny and spreads quickly and evenly beneath the skin. In fact, Profhilo is absorbed within a 2 cm radius of each injection, which means that this treatment can treat much larger areas. Only ten injections are required to treat the entirety of the face, for example.
Each injection is made using a very fine needle called a micro-needle. The micro-needle inserts the hyaluronic acid beneath the skin, where it immediately gets to work.
The very first thing that the hyaluronic acid will do is attract moisture into the deepest layers of the skin. A Profhilo treatment hydrates the skin from the inside, like an internal moisturiser. In fact, the hyaluronic acid actually enables the skin to retain more moisture than it normally would – which is part of the reason why the results of this treatment last for such a long time.
However – as we mentioned – the effects of injecting hyaluronic acid are twofold. In addition to deeply hydrating the skin, the Profhilo treatment will stimulate the natural production of collagen and elastin. These two proteins are responsible for keeping the skin soft, strong and stretchy, but – like hyaluronic acid – our supply of them depletes as we age.
The highly concentrated hyaluronic acid that is injected during a Profhilo treatment stimulates the cell receptors in the tissue of the skin, which prompts them to produce four different types of collagen and elastin. These proteins produce the bio-remodelling effects of this treatment by lifting, tightening and strengthening the skin, whilst washing away wrinkles, furrows and fine lines.
Moreover, the purified hyaluronic acid that is used during this treatment is slow-releasing. This means that, although the skin absorbs the hyaluronic acid quickly (and is immediately hydrated by it), the cell receptors in the skin are only gradually encouraged to produce collagen and elastin. In other words, the hyaluronic acid that is used during this treatment stimulates the cell receptors to produce elastin and collagen over a prolonged period of time, rather than doing it all at once, which leads to long-lasting results.
So, to summarise: a Profhilo treatment reverses the effects of ageing by increasing the strength, softness, and elasticity of the skin. The treatment produces bio-remodelling results, which means that it lifts and tightens skin that is loose, saggy and drooping. It does this by injecting a purified and highly concentrated solution of hyaluronic acid into the treatment areas, which both deeply hydrates the deepest layers of the skin and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. In doing so, a Profhilo treatment brightens, tightens and restores a youthful glow to ageing skin.
Which Areas of the Body Can Profhilo Treat?
A Profhilo treatment can treat any area of the body where there is skin laxity (i.e., where the skin is loose and sagging). The most common treatment area is the face, as this is where frail, drooping skin is most visible and bothersome. However, a Profhilo treatment is also commonly used to tighten skin around the neck, décolletage, hands, arms, knees, and abdomen area.
When Profhilo is used to treat skin laxity on the face, ten injections are usually required. The treatment is most effective at lifting and tightening the lower regions of the face. Similarly, it is also most successful at removing the fine lines and wrinkles on the lower half of the face, such as a cobblestone or dimpled chin, laugh lines (the nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth), lip lines (vertical wrinkles that form on and above the lips), or jowl wrinkles.
Is a Profhilo Treatment Right for Me?
Anyone who suffers from fine lines, wrinkles or thin, frail and sagging skin is a suitable candidate for a Profhilo treatment. Clients of all ages, genders, sexes and skin types can benefit from this procedure.
The only exceptions here are patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In this case, Profhilo is not suitable, and patients are advised to wait until they are no longer breastfeeding to arrange the procedure. Furthermore, Profhilo is clearly not appropriate for patients who are allergic to hyaluronic acid. In this case, alternative skin treatments are recommended.
If you are unsure whether a Profhilo treatment is right for you, you can arrange a free online assessment by email, over the phone or through our website. One of our friendly specialists will then examine your skin and ask you questions about your goals for the procedure. We will then be able to let you know whether a Profhilo treatment is suitable for you.
What are the Benefits of Profhilo?
Profhilo is a bio-remodelling treatment, so the primary benefit of the procedure is that it lifts and tightens loose or sagging skin. In addition, Profhilo also nourishes the deepest layers of your skin with moisture, which boosts its overall health and erases wrinkles whilst also creating a silky-soft texture and radiant glow. The results are long-lasting (since the slow-releasing hyaluronic acid encourages the long-term production of collagen and elastin), and it is comforting to know that there are no synthetic substances or harmful chemicals involved in the process at all.
What is the Difference Between a Profhilo Treatment and Dermal Fillers?
Both Profhilo treatments and dermal fillers are injectable procedures that improve the look and feel of the skin – but this is where the similarities end.
Dermal fillers combine hyaluronic acid with other ingredients to create a skin-boosting compound substance. Moreover, some dermal fillers do not contain any hyaluronic acid at all, such as calcium hydroxyapatite fillers. Some (though not all) dermal fillers contain synthetic materials, such as Radiesse, which contains a biodegradable synthetic substance called poly-L-lactic acid. Similarly, some dermal fillers contain plastic, such as Sculptra, which is made up of polymethylmethacrylate beads. The results achieved by this filler are semi-permanent, since the plastic beads cannot be absorbed naturally by the body.
The results of a Profhilo treatment can never be permanent, because the treatment only injects hyaluronic acid into the skin. The hyaluronic acid used is highly purified; in fact, it is the most concentrated form of hyaluronic acid on the market. Nevertheless, because hyaluronic acid is a natural substance, it will always be broken and absorbed by the body eventually. This is why the results of the treatment are only temporary, though they can of course be maintained by scheduling regular, new Profhilo appointments.
Profhilo is also different from dermal fillers in consistency. Dermal fillers are made up of thick, gel-like substances. As a result, the skin often needs to be massaged after the injections are made to ensure that the filler spreads out evenly, and to reduce the risk of lumps and nodules forming underneath the skin. By contrast, Profhilo never comes with the risk of lumps, because it is a very thin, runny liquid. It disperses under the skin quickly and evenly, and a massage is not required to encourage it to spread.
Profhilo can also treat much larger areas of skin than dermal fillers. This is also because of the thin, runny consistency of the purified hyaluronic acid that is used during a Profhilo treatment, since it can spread far out beneath the skin. The thick viscosity of dermal fillers, meanwhile, prevents them from spreading out as far. Consequently, dermal fillers are typically used to treat a single region of the face, whilst a Profhilo treatment can treat the entire face.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Profhilo safe?
Profhilo is a completely safe procedure. Firstly, it is entirely non-surgical, and no anaesthetic is required. Moreover, the treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin, which is a naturally-occurring substance, and there are no added chemicals.
Nevertheless, a Profhilo treatment does rely on the use of injections, which means that the procedure can be unsafe if it is conducted by an inexperienced or unskilled dermatologist. At Aventus Clinic, we have a highly skilled team of skincare experts, with over 15 years of clinical experience. This, coupled with our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, ensures that our Profhilo treatments are always exceptionally safe.
How long do the results of a Profhilo treatment last for?
How often will I need Profhilo treatments?
Does Profhilo really work?
Why is Profhilo so popular?
At what age is it best to get a Profhilo treatment?
Can I get Profhilo injections every month?
Are there any side effects?
Which is better, Profhilo or dermal fillers?
Can Profhilo change the shape of the face?
Will a Profhilo treatment lighten my skin?
Will my face look puffy after a Profhilo treatment?
Can I sleep on my face after a Profhilo treatment?
Can Profhilo be used under the eyes?
Will a Profhilo treatment make me look younger?
Which is better, Profhilo or Botox?
Profhilo and Botox are very different procedures, and the best one for you depends on what it is that you want most from a skin treatment. Botox works by injecting a substance called botulinum toxin into the treatment area, which prevents the muscles in the area from contracting. Without muscle contractions, the skin in the area cannot fold or crease, which prevents wrinkles and fine lines from forming.
Profhilo treatments do not interfere with muscle contractions, and so the skin is still able to fold and crease after this procedure. As a result - even though Profhilo helps to reduce and remove wrinkles by tightening the skin - Botox is more successful at erasing wrinkles and fine lines. It is also a much better preventative treatment: patients who receive Botox are less likely to develop future wrinkles than patients who have a Profhilo treatment.
However, Profhilo comes with other benefits. For example, Profhilo deeply moisturises the skin from within, which will improve its overall health, whilst also adding glow and softening the texture. Whilst Botox is more effective at eradicating wrinkles, it does not improve the skin’s health, or provide any other aesthetic benefits such as glow or softness. Moreover, Profhilo tightens the skin, so it is the more suitable treatment for clients suffering from skin laxity.