What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is the latest anti-ageing injectable treatment available in the UK to address signs of ageing affecting the face and neck. Like dermal fillers, Profhilo contains hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the human body. Profhilo treatment is designed to restore the youthful glow of the skin. Results of treatment with Profhilo typically last for approximately six months before top-up treatments are needed to maintain the results.
How does Profhilo differ from dermal fillers?
Many patients commonly ask us what the differences are between Profhilo and dermal fillers and what the most appropriate treatment for them is. Both treatments involve the injection of a hyaluronic acid-based gel into the skin to address signs of ageing affecting both the face and neck. The most common features of facial ageing include lines, wrinkles, loose skin and a coarse skin texture. This is where the similarities and treatments are very different in the mechanism of action. Dermal fillers have a much thicker consistency and are designed to replenish lost volume in commonly affected parts of the face, such as the lips or cheeks. Once injected, the hyaluronic acid-based filler remains in the same position, which helps to reshape and enhance the volume in targeted face areas. When Profhilo is injected, it has an inherent spreadability due to a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid. This means the product diffuses readily from the injection site to much broader face areas, leading to skin-tightening effects. Profhilo does not enhance the volume in areas where it is injected and is not designed to reshape the face. Dermal fillers, in comparison, are specifically designed to replenish volume in specific parts of the face, such as the cheeks, temples or lips, with results that can last 12 months or more.
Which areas of the face can be targeted with Profhilo and dermal fillers?
Profhilo injections and dermal fillers are designed to restore usefulness in different parts of the face and neck. Profhilo is injected into specific injection points as the manufacturer recommends to produce powerful anti-ageing effects and get rid of sagging skin and a dull skin complexion. The treatment does not add volume or reshape the face, making it a popular option for many patients not keen on dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are used for a wide variety of different body areas, including the cheeks, tear trough, jawline, chin, and lips. They can be used to reshape the nose with a non-surgical rhinoplasty treatment. Many people may be unwilling to undergo invasive surgery in the form of a facelift. A non-surgical facelift also known as an ‘eight-point lift’ can be effectively undertaken with dermal fillers to address signs of ageing in a non-invasive manner.
How is Profhilo injected?
Profhilo is carefully injected into ten predetermined treatment areas, and the treatment protocol consists of two treatments spaced four weeks apart. Although positive treatment effects are expected after the first treatment, it is essential to have both treatments to benefit from the impressive anti-ageing effects Profhilo injections can produce. Results will become fully noticeable approximately four weeks after the second treatment. Once Profhilo has been injected, it spreads across the face and directly stimulates the production of collagen and elastin. The treatment effects last approximately six months but will differ between people and whether injection of the face is combined with neck treatment.
Profhilo takes no more than 15 minutes to carry out and does not involve any downtime, with patients being able to return to their normal activities immediately.
How does Profhilo work?
Profhilo is injected using a specialised treatment protocol into specific parts of the face and neck to boost tissue hydration and stimulate collagen production, leading to effective skin tightening. Hyaluronic acid base dermal fillers do not have a direct stimulate tree effect on collagen and elastin, unlike Profhilo. Profhilo, once injected, leads to significant findings of water molecules in the dermal layer, helping to boost skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body. It can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water, which is responsible for the significant hydration effect of injection, which explains its key treatment benefit of producing a ‘hydrolift’. Patients can look forward to experiencing tighter and firmer skin with a smoother skin texture after only four weeks of the second treatment.
How much does Profhilo cost?
Profhilo treatment at Centre for Surgery in London starts from £400 for one treatment. The cost of dermal fillers will vary depending on the area of the face being injected and how much filler is used. Dermal filler costs start from £400 for lip fillers. It is important to bear in mind that although Profhilo is a more affordable treatment compared with dermal fillers, results of treatment with dermal fillers last longer and, in some cases, can last up to 24 months before repeat treatment is required. The results of Profhilo last for approximately six months.
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Once you have a consultation with one of our expert aesthetic practitioners, you’ll be given an accurate quotation for your treatment by your dedicated patient coordinator. In many cases, Profhilo treatment in London is combined with anti-ageing injectables such as anti-wrinkle injections for synergistic treatment effects that neither treatment can produce alone.
Which is the best treatment for me – Profhilo or dermal fillers?
Choosing the most appropriate treatment depends on your aesthetic goals. If you would like to improve skin sagging and dull skin and produce an overall refreshed look to the face, then we would recommend Profhilo for its impressive ability to produce overall facial rejuvenation without changing the structure of the face as with dermal fillers. Many people choose to have Profhilo as an introductory treatment to anti-ageing injectables before considering dermal fillers later for targeting specific facial concerns such as loss of volume in the cheeks.
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Dermal fillers have an excellent safety record and are designed to add volume or reshape specific face areas, such as volume loss from the lips caused by ageing. Profhilo is not designed to add volume to the face and cannot be used for non-surgical rhinoplasty. If you have developed volume loss as a result of the natural ageing process and would like to enhance certain aspects of your facial features, then we would recommend dermal fillers as a slightly longer-term option to treat signs of ageing. Dermal fillers are also commonly used to treat certain types of scars, such as acne scars or surgical scars, for a temporary improvement in appearance.
Treatment with dermal fillers produces results that are visible straight away. For patients about to have an important event, such as a wedding or birthday, dermal fillers would be a better option. Treatment with dermal fillers is highly versatile. If, for any reason, you are unhappy with the results of treatment, The dermal filler can be safely dissolved with the injection of hyaluronidase, which is a natural enzyme. The dermal filler is then naturally absorbed by the body with no adverse treatment effects. In other cases, an additional dermal filler injection can be used as a ‘tweakment’ to enhance areas to produce more impressive anti-ageing effects.
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For further information about Profhilo injections and dermal fillers in London, please get in touch with us today at 020 7993 4849 or complete the contact form below and speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable patient coordinators to book a detailed consultation with an expert aesthetic practitioner at our state of the art Baker Street clinic in Marylebone.