Often referred to as ‘injectable moisturisers’, the latest hyaluronic acid fillers – like Profhilo – have formed an emerging group of advanced aesthetic treatments known as ‘skin boosters’, which are currently soaring in popularity with women. But, unlike typical dermal fillers, these fillers are used for hydration over volume. We spoke to Aesthetic Nurse and Founder of Emma Wedgwood Aesthetics, Emma Wedgwood about Profhilo injections and what exactly injectable moisture treatments do to your face.
What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is a cutting-edge skincare treatment that falls under the category of dermal fillers. It stands out from traditional dermal fillers because of its unique formulation and approach. Profhilo is not a typical filler that adds volume to specific areas of the face; rather, it’s a bio-remodelling treatment that focuses on overall skin rejuvenation.
“Essentially, Profhilo is an excellent treatment that improves skin smoothness and laxity from the inside out,” says Emma. “With its hyaluronic acid formulation, it actively stimulates collagen and elastin production, improving skin texture and tone for a more youthful appearance.”
“In addition to adding volume and reshaping targeted areas of the face, Profhilo also provides comprehensive skin rejuvenation benefits, making it superior to other traditional fillers. It typically takes 30 minutes to complete the treatment, which is administered through injections.”
“As Profhilo is not a filler, it cannot add volume or reshape. It is a runny honey consistency rather than a gel-like substance and does not behave like a filler. It is only a hydrator and biostimulator.”
Benefits of Profhilo
Profhilo’s hydrating properties are unmatched, offering deep moisturisation that leaves skin feeling supple and plump.
Improved Skin Texture and Tone
Regular treatments can significantly improve skin’s texture and tone, reducing the appearance of fine lines and giving the skin a smoother, more even look.
By stimulating collagen and elastin production, Profhilo helps combat the signs of ageing, resulting in firmer, more youthful skin.
The Science Behind Profhilo
How Profhilo Works
The magic of Profhilo lies in its unique formulation. It’s designed to release hyaluronic acid slowly, ensuring prolonged hydration and stimulating the skin’s repair processes. This slow release also prompts the body to produce collagen and elastin, crucial components for maintaining skin’s firmness and elasticity.
Key Ingredients and Their Benefits
Hyaluronic acid is the star of the show, renowned for its ability to retain moisture. Profhilo’s formulation enhances this ingredient’s natural benefits, providing unparalleled hydration and encouraging skin to look and feel its best.
Is Profhilo better than Botox?
Emma told us that the difference between Profhilo and Botox is that Profhilo hydrates and tightens your skin from within while Botox smooths out wrinkles by relaxing your facial muscles.
“It depends on a client’s goals and specific target areas whether to choose Profhilo, dermal fillers, or Botox,” says Emma. “Profhilo, dermal fillers, and Botox all have their own benefits. Dermal fillers treat deep lines, wrinkles, and facial volume loss, whereas Botox relaxes facial muscles.”
Emma says you can have Profhilo and Botox together. In fact, many people choose to combine these two treatments to achieve a more complete rejuvenation of their skin. “A few individuals choose to combine treatments like Profhilo and Botox or fillers with Profhilo to improve the appearance and texture of their skin overall. If the budget allows, you can choose all three treatments.”
What is the best age for Profhilo?
Emma says: “As Profhilo improves skin laxity and quality, I would definitely recommend it for individuals between 30 and 40. However, Profhilo can also be a preventative measure for younger individuals and anyone over 18.
“Since Profhilo is a hydrator using HA which is naturally occurring in the body, it provides radiance and promotes good skin health.”
Do you need more than one session for Profhilo and Botox?
“Unlike Botox, which can be administered in one session, Profhilo usually requires two sessions with intervals of a few weeks. For customised advice tailored to your specific circumstances, it is advisable to consult with a qualified professional.
“The number of sessions may vary based on individual needs and target areas. Initially, two treatments are needed spaced four weeks apart, followed by a session every three to six months.”
And when it comes to the downside to Profhilo, Emma says some patients may experience discomfort in the treated area but this is usually a mild and temporary side effect that will subside on its own
“Profhilo is generally safe, but the most common side effects are temporary swelling or bruising that usually resolves within a few days,” she says. “Rare allergic reactions, redness, and a minimal risk of infection are also possible.”