The ageing process is affected by numerous personal and environmental factors giving rise to molecular changes at a cellular level. As the skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body, this gives major cause for concern when external appearance is a determining factor in social relationships.
There are numerous treatments available today but Profhilo is a unique skin remodelling treatment which restores the levels of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) naturally found within the skin. As HA levels decline in the ageing skin, so do levels of elastin and collagen causing the sagging of subcutaneous structures. This effects facial volume and elasticity, causing a sad and tired appearance.
Profhilo contains a very high concentration of two types of pure Hyaluronic Acid, giving it particular characteristics which are different to regular dermal fillers. It is able to spread underneath the skin surface and, within the dermal matrix where skin remodelling occurs. The slow release action of the HA stimulates four different types of collagen and elastin with significant hydration.
Studies show an increase in hydration and a significant improvement in viscoelasticity of the skin, following the first treatment. However, two treatments are recommended four weeks apart, in order to achieve the optimum result. The bio-stimulation effect continues for many weeks following the second treatment. Profhilo is made in Italy by IBSA and as know the Italians love good skin!
The Good Part!
Profhilo is suitable for practically anyone, men and women from the age of 30 can benefit from this treatment. In the youthful skin, it promotes a healthier skin giving a dewy, radiant appearance. In a sagging dehydrated skin, Profhilo promotes healthier, hydrated and firmer skin.
Profhilo works well on its own if you are ready for a ‘refresh’ but not sure about having other cosmetic treatments. At Springwell Clinic, we encourage all patients to have Profhilo as a first line treatment, as often less filler is needed to complete a rejuvenation result.
The treatment involves 2 sessions, 4 weeks apart and just 5 injection points on each side of the face. There is a small stinging sensation but we use anaesthetic cream to help this. The results last 6-9 months. You may see some small bumps where the treatment is injected but these will settle within a few hours to days.
Profhilo can be used anywhere on the face or body where a boost of collagen is required. These areas include the neck, décolletage, hands, elbows, knees and abdomens.
Revive is the new kid on the block in the world of skin boosters. It is part of the Belotero range of fillers made by Merz. It has been used in Europe for 5 years before recently being introduced to the UK. Revive works in a similar way to Profhilo rehydrating the skin, improving elasticity and firmness. It combines two ingredients HA and Glycerol. The treatments are similar in that they are injected into the skin, and two treatments are required four weeks apart. The similarities end there though as Revive is injected higher in the skin and so smoothes superficial lines by reducing skin roughness. It is also indicated for revitalisation of early-onset photo damaged facial skin. It is available as a 1ml syringe and therefore is suitable for small areas rather than treating the whole face.
The world of skin injectable treatments is increasing as people realise that healthy looking skin is youthful. Fillers and Botox continue to have their place in rejuvenation treatments but looking after skin with good home care skin products, a good diet, high quality supplements, staying out of the sun etc alongside excellent skin boosters will keep these to a minimum.