Profhilo: What To Know About The More Advanced Facial Option

Have you ever wished that the effects of hydrating facials would last much longer? There's a treatment option out there that makes this possible. It's called Profhilo, and it's somewhat similar to fillers and Botox, except it works differently to yield more natural-looking results and bring out your beauty. If you're new to the world of aesthetic treatments, also called "tweakments," this one may be a good fit for you. 

Whether you choose to embrace the natural aging process or try to put it off as long as possible — that's up to you. No matter how you feel about them, cosmetic treatments and procedures continue to be popular around the globe, especially the non-invasive and non-surgical options. Grandview Research reports that the global non-invasive aesthetic treatment market size was $61.2 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow annually by 15 percent between now and 2030. Let's take a look at Profhilo, the newer injectable on the market.

What is Profhilo?

Created in 2015, Profhilo is an injectable skin treatment made with high concentrations of hyaluronic acid to restore firmness to your skin. You may already use hyaluronic acid serums or creams for hydration, but with Profhilo, it is injected and absorbed deep in the layers of your skin. The treatment works in two ways: hydrating your skin and stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin, which keep our skin looking full and youthful. Our bodies produce less of these proteins as we age, and Profhilo aims to give people that boost they may need. Some clinics even call it a non-surgical facelift.

Though it is most commonly used for the face, Profhilo also works well on other parts of the body, including the neck, hands, arms, and knees. Unlike dermal fillers made from a thicker solution, Profhilo's hyaluronic acid solution is a lot thinner and spreads out smoothly under the skin. "More traditional dermal fillers aren't suitable for these areas as the delicate skin makes it difficult to inject and control the distribution," Dr. Michael Prager, world-renowned cosmetic doctor, explains to Glamour Magazine. Profhilo doesn't have that muscle-relaxing effect that Botox does, and it's not meant for forehead lines. Instead, it allows the skin to rehydrate and improve the overall tissue quality.

Who is Profhilo for?

Profhilo can be used on all skin types and tones, but it is primarily used for people whose skin is showing signs of visible aging. This can typically become an issue for people in the 50-plus age range. If you notice your skin is losing firmness and beginning to sag, this treatment will be most effective for you. Cosmetic Dermatologist Dr. Stefanie Williams tells Elle Magazine that Profhilo is not recommended for those under the age of 25 who are not showing signs of aging. This age group will not likely see significant results.

Profhilo can also be used in addition to other aesthetic treatments but should not be used with permanent fillers or facial implants. Do not use Profhilo if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are prone to allergic reactions, be cautious and talk to an expert before choosing a Profhilo treatment.

How many treatments do you need?

Profhilo is super quick, with one treatment only taking 10 to 30 minutes to administer. The treatment is administered on two separate occasions about one month apart from each other. Both times, you receive 10 injections in total — five on each side of the face. Other parts of the body may require a different amount. Within weeks, you will gradually notice how hydrated and lifted your skin looks. After the second treatment, the results should last for about six months, and you can then choose to follow up with your clinic to maintain the results. 

This treatment has mainly been administered at clinics in the UK, but depending on where you are, you can ask an expert near you if they have access to Profhilo. It's crucial that you receive these treatments from a licensed professional who is highly qualified to perform injections. In the meantime, there are lots of ways to keep your skin looking great for decades to come.