Profhilo is a new facial filler which is in fact used for skin tightening and tissue remodeling.
Like a traditional facial filler Profhilo is made of Hyaluronic acid (HA). But unlike traditional fillers it is a highly purified natural hyaluronic acid which does not contains chemicals to stabilise the product. Instead it is an hybrid complex formed with a high molecular weight HA combined with a low molecular weight HA.
What is the difference with classic facial fillers ?
It is not a cross-linked product like Restylane or Juvederm and does not work exactly like a “volumiser” filler.
Profhilo stimulates the collagen and elastin of the skin. This is why it is unique as a bio-remodeling agent. Its clinical effects have been described as “plumping effect, lifting effect, soft tissue treatment or skin tightening”.
The hybrid nature of this “facial filler” results in a slow and long lasting release of a natural HA (hyaluronic acid). The effects on the skin combine a “Hydro” effect ( hydration) and a “lift” effect (collagen and elastin production).
Where does Profilho sit in the facial filler anti ageing arsenal ?
Profhilo does not produce volume like Sculptra (another collagen stimulator) or your usual facial filler but it allows to very safely rejuvenate difficult areas such as the neck, the forehead or even the hands with minimal side effects. Due to its very nature Profhilo will easily distribute itself and spread through the tissues without causing any bumps or unevenness.
The neck and the forehead are tricky areas not accessible with a strong product like Sculptra and are very difficult to address with classic facial fillers because of the risk of visible long lasting bumps and unevenness very high in these areas.
Profhilo will simply flow through the tissues and activate a long lasting bio remodeling process at a superficial level in the dermis .
Of course you can get very good skin tightening and bio remodeling with deep peels such as TCA peels or Phenol peels. You can also use lasers for skin resurfacing.
But these techniques are very aggressive with a lot of downtime and much higher risks such as bad scarring or hyper-pigmentation. They are certainly not cheaper either. These reasons make Profhilo a very simple, safe and elegant way to address skin laxity.
How a Profhilo treatment is performed ?
Profhilo is an European product made in Italy by IBSA Labs.
The recommended protocol is two sessions 1 month apart.
Each session consists in the injection of five points called bio-aesthetic-points or “BAP”. Of course it is the job of the aesthetic doctor to determine where the optimal points should be for the best outcome.
Each injection is a small bolus of 0.2ml so 1ml is injected on each side of the face or the neck. 2ml in total. Local anesthesia is not required but can be used.