Profhilo; the first of its kind
by Dr Tracey Garner
Profhilo; the first of its kind is the new kid on the aesthetics block. Its revolutionary patented NAHYCO® technology stimulates dermal cells to remodel, tighten and lift the skin in the face, neck and other areas. Profhilo is an injectable treatment that targets deep skin rejuvenation and is made of a complex sugar, called hyaluronic acid.
Profhilo’s hyaluronic acid content is much higher than other hyaluronic acid fillers at 32mg/ml, but it is gentler and works more superficially. Unlike dermal fillers, it is not cross-linked to stabilise the hyaluronic acid molecule, but rather heat-stabilised. Think of Profhilo as caramelised hyaluronic acid: it has the same base-ingredient, but it is different and for that reason it functions differently. This stabilised gel slowly releases its hyaluronic acid to boost, hydrate and remodel the skin
What sets Profhilo apart?
Profhilo does not volumise, fill or contour like regular fillers and so, it will never replace them. It is also not purely a skin booster, as it works deeper than regular skin boosters. Profhilo has been scientifically proven to stimulate the deeper skin structures and subcutaneous tissue to produce more collagen and elastin and even to rejuvenate your superficial fat. It is the perfect treatment for saggy, crepey or loose skin. The result is beautiful, lifted, rejuvenated skin.
The perfect Profhilo patient
Profhilo is a suitable treatment for men and women of all ages. Since it specifically targets skin laxity, it is ideal for patients who struggle with fine lines and loose or excess skin. Profhilo is a great option for young patients or patients who are new to fillers, who want a very natural and gentle entry into the world of looking younger. If you are nervous of getting fillers, it may be the perfect option for you. It is also the perfect add-on treatment for someone who has had dermal fillers and botulinum toxin and is looking for the next step to enhance and rejuvenate their skin.
Does Profhilo replace Botulinum toxins and dermal fillers?
Profhilo does not replace other aesthetic treatments. Rather, it is a new tool or ‘paintbrush’ in our aesthetic palette, which addresses a different aspect of facial rejuvenation. Botulinum toxin targets lines that form due to muscle action and can be used to give you that ‘I’ve just been on holiday’ and ‘I’m naturally friendly and glamorous’ look. Dermal fillers are essential for the deeper foundational work of medical facial rejuvenation. They can be used to contour, fill, shape and lift the face.
Profhilo works alongside botulinum toxin and dermal fillers to rejuvenate the structure of the skin. Think of it as stretching the perfect canvas, on which to best reflect your facial features and beautiful skin.
Where can Profhilo be used?
The great news is that Profhilo is not only for faces. It is a very effective and non-invasive treatment for face and neck rejuvenation and can also be used on the décolletage, hands, arms, knees and abdomen – essentially anywhere where mild to moderate skin laxity is a concern.
What does a Profhilo treatment entail?
Profhilo is injected superficially with a very fine needle on specific ‘bio-aesthetic’ points on the skin and strategically flows from there to reach the lower two thirds face and the whole neck. The beauty is that the treatment targets a wide area and gives overall deep skin rejuvenation and tightening. The treatment is repeated a month later and needs to be maintained every 6 months to ensure that your new pro-glow stays.
What can I expect after a Profhilo treatment?
After your Profhilo treatment you can return to normal activities almost immediately. You may see small, raised areas under the skin where the product was injected. Within a few hours the product will spread under the skin and will no longer be visible. For 24-48 hours after your treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, direct sun or heat on the treated area. You should start to see the results within a few days of your first treatment, but the full result is visible after your second treatment.
Where does Profhilo fit in?
Just like an old building needs a renovation and maintenance schedule that addresses every part of the building, ageing also needs to be addressed at every level. Fillers, fat filling and facial surgery can address the foundations or deep supportive structures. Botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles to treat lines formed by muscle action and gives you a fresher look. Professional curated medical skincare addresses all aspects of the skin such as acne, fine lines, inflammation and pigmentation.
Until now we have been limited in our treatment of deep skin and subcutaneous ageing. Many of the treatments we have, such as stem cells, threads and surgery, are more invasive and although effective, require some planning and down-time. The deep dermal skin remodelling that Profhilo gives us, is the ideal non-invasive addition to your facial maintenance and rejuvenation plan, because it stretches the perfect canvas on which to display your best features.
Why does Profhilo give you the professional halo effect?
When it is combined with other aesthetic treatments, Profhilo sets the stage for a naturally rejuvenated look that will give you a beautiful and unmistakable glow.
Ready for the skin of your dreams?
Written by Dr Tracey Garner