Chronological ageing of the face occurs due to changes in the skin, underlying fat, muscle and bone. To target the appearance of ageing in a harmonious and balanced manner, cosmetic treatments should address all these layers, and Profhilo is an example of a “skin booster”: its purpose is to address skin laxity by remodelling the skin and restoring tissue.
Given Profilo’s specificity, it works well when used in conjunction with cosmetic treatments that address the other layers of the face, including dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, and complements other skin treatments well, such as lasers and chemical peels. It is most commonly used on the face and neck but may also be used on the body in expert hands.
Profhilo generally shows the best visible results for patients aged between 35 and 70, especially perimenopausal or menopausal women. Generally-speaking, it does not offer substantial benefits to patients younger than this, unless they have suffered from significant sun damage. Either way, patient selection by one of our expert dermatologists is important to determine when Profhilo is the best recommended treatment.
Typically, 2ml of Profhilo are injected into the face, distributed between 10 injection points. These injections are intradermal (ie, placed within the dermis of the skin).
Like dermal fillers, Profhilo is an injectable hyaluronic acid treatment. However, where dermal fillers work by directly volumising the face, Profhilo activates pathways in the skin that increase collagen and elastin production, both key components of healthy skin. In its function as a “skin booster”, therefore, Profhilo helps restore moisture, improves elasticity and firmness, and gives the skin a radiant quality.
Profhilo needs time to spread and stimulate collagen and elastin production, so although some people see benefit from Profhilo immediately after the first treatment, the best results are visible about 4 weeks after the second treatment. Usually, two treatments are recommended, carried out 4 weeks apart.
The effects of Profhilo last about 6 months with maintenance sessions are carried out approximately 6 months apart.
There are minimal side effects with Profhilo. Bruising is possible but the procedure is well-tolerated by most. There are initial bumps where the product is injected which settle quite quickly.
For expert advice on Profhilo, book your consultation at Self London today.