Is This Injectable Moisturiser A Natural Alternative To Botox? | sheerluxe.com
Less daunting than Botox, and less extreme than fillers, Profhilo is essentially a moisture hit in a jab. Beauty Eds swear it’s like walking around with an Instagram filter on your skin. Here, we ask the experts to tell us more about this tweakment…
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UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2019

It’s Both A Preventative & Corrective Treatment

Profhilo is an injectable that combines two types of hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate your skin. It’s both preventative and corrective in combating the signs of ageing,” says Dr Richard Sibthorpe, leading medical practitioner. “This super skin booster not only hydrates the skin from the inside out, getting rid of any crepiness, but it also increases collagen and elastin production and actually remodels the skin to make it firmer. It’s really quite impressive.” 

It Will Disguise The Early Signs Of Wrinkles

“As a ‘skin-quality filler,’ it’s a brilliant treatment for plumping, hydrating and firming the skin without changing your facial shape or contours. It won’t fill your existing fine lines, but it’s especially good for ‘accordian lines’ – those very early wrinkles you start to see on your cheeks when you’re smiling widely,” explains Dr. Vicky Dondos of Medicetics. “In my opinion, this is the best treatment on the market at the moment for early changes to the texture of skin – the type that’s usually first noticed on a photo, or FaceTime. That wrinkling appears all of a sudden when you turn your head and then worsens at a pace, but Profhilo can slow down this deterioration.” 

Downtime And Discomfort Is Minimal

“Profhilo is 100% hyaluronic, so it contains no added chemicals making it highly biocompatible (i.e. it can coexist with living tissue without causing any harm) and less aggravating to the skin,” assures Richard. “At most, you’ll feel minor discomfort from the pinprick injections, and there’s no major downtime, but you might not want to go to a meeting or out for dinner the same day, just until the minor swelling has gone down.” Vicky agrees: “It’s safe and it works, with no risk of changing your face or increasing that puffy/overdone look,” she says. “For most patients, the bumps settle within three hours (though expect up to three days if you’re having it in the neck).”

It's A Very Versatile Treatment 

“It’s not just the face that it yields smoother skin,” claims Vicky, “we’re seeing impressive results when injected on the décolleté, neck and hands, too. Especially when combined with other treatments like Laser Genesis and IPL for further correction and refined texture.”  

It Differs From Dermal Fillers

“It’s very different from fillers,” advises Richard. “Dermal fillers are used to create volume and to change the structure of your face, whilst Profhilo integrates with your skin to harness its own ability to stimulate collagen and elastin production. It doesn’t plump or add any volume to the areas treated. It works brilliantly if you’ve had fillers, but you still want a better texture and glow. Plus no one will ever know you’ve had it, it’s that subtle.” Vicky agrees: “We’ve actually noticed Profhilo seem to be giving long-lasting effects, too – an added benefit. Just be sure your treatment areas differ to one another, so you’re never over-injecting.” 


You Won’t Notice Results Immediately

“You can start to see smoother, softer skin within the first week of treatment – at least to the touch,” explains Vicky. “But the best, visible results usually come after you’ve had your second course of treatment, and we advise patients to book this in for one month after their first to achieve optimum effects. You’ll see your skin gradually become healthier, bouncier and fresher with a soft glow, too. That’s the aim of this treatment, it focuses on a subtle, overall improvement for a fresher, brighter and more rested complexion.” 

You’ll Need Top-Ups

“Results last roughly 4-6 months,” says Richard. “As it can sometimes be a subtle result, you will likely want to have a few sessions (with a one-month interval in-between) to maintain your results. If it’s something you want to continue with for the foreseeable future, you’ll need top-up maintenance treatments at six-month intervals.” 

Treatments Take Just 15 Minutes

“It involves tiny injections in five key points of the face (if this is where your treatment area is), near the ears, on laughter lines, the chin, under each eye and on cheekbones,” confirms Vicky. “It’s quick with the result at first, looking a little alarming. Expect mini bumps akin to bee stings, but don’t worry, these will subside as the Profhilo spreads throughout the skin, covering the whole face. After this, it’ll get to work hydrating and smoothing, with new collagen and improved elastin, allowing your skin to function better.” 

Finally, A Few Things To Consider Before Treatment:

  • Go to baaps.org.uk if you’re keen to research more – it’s the best place to find a qualified aesthetician. 

  • Remember the effects aren’t permanent, at most, they last three to four months and often with hyaluronic acid, this can now be broken back down by an expert if you hate the effects.

  • You’ll need to avoid make-up for the first 24Hrs after your treatment to avoid any infection.

  • Expect to pay between £200 to £400 for treatments and be wary of anything too cheap – generally speaking, anything under that shouldn’t be trusted. 

  • Make sure to read the paperwork thoroughly. It will have all you need to know for post-treatment tips and information on side effects, too.

 

Five of the best places offering the treatment…
 

  1. Dr. Vicky Dondos at Medicetics, 10 Harley Street, Medicetics.com

  2. Dr. Richard Sibthorpe, South Kensington, DoctorSib.com

  3. Dr. Saira Vasdev, Water House Young Clinic, 21 Devonshire Street, WaterhouseYoung.com

  4. Dr. Salinda Johnson, The London Cosmetic Clinic, Knightsbridge, TheLondonCosmeticClinic.co.uk

  5. Dr. Simon Connolly, The Private Clinic, 98 Harley Street, ThePrivateClinic.co.uk

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