The Complete Guide To Profhilo

Profhilo is a treatment that has grown in popularity over the past couple of years. It is praised for revolutionising hydrating and skin tightening results. Some of our clients here at City Skin Clinic are often keen to explore this treatment but need some additional information about the procedure. This complete guide is going to tell you everything you need to know about Profhilo. 

What Is Profhilo?

Profhilo is a non-surgical, injectable moisturiser treatment that aims to reverse the signs of ageing. The treatment uses hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by our bodies. Hyaluronic acid stimulates collagen and elastin production, which helps the skin maintain its firmness and elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and skin laxity. Profhilo can give clients noticeable and long-lasting results. The injection is administered into the skin, which immediately hydrates and over time smooths and lifts the skin to provide clients with a youthful-looking appearance.

Due to the high concentration of hyaluronic acid, profhilo disperses quickly underneath the skin’s surface and instantly reacts with your own tissue to boost hydration. Profhilo is commonly used on the face. However, you can also use the treatment on your arms, hands, neck, knees, and chest. 

How Does Profhilo Work?

Before your treatment, you will be asked to attend a consultation, where your practitioner will discuss your medical history with you and ensure the treatment is suitable for your needs. At City Skin Clinic, our skilled practitioners will advise you on whether this treatment is the best course of action. 

If you decide to go ahead with the Profhilo treatment, several small injections will be administered to your treatment area. The injections stimulate your skin cells to produce more collagen and elastin to counteract skin laxity, improving firmness and elasticity. Profhilo also draws water to the skin helping improve hydration.

The procedure can be over in as little as 10 minutes. However, this will depend on the complexity of the treatment area. The good news is that no specific preparation is needed for the treatment.  Although you may notice some results immediately, profhilo can take a few weeks to produce the final results. The treatment requires 2 doses 4-6 weeks apart to be fully effective and in cases where there is a lot of skin laxity or crepeyness this may require a third dose.

Profhilo Aftercare And Recovery

Profhilo is a quick, non-surgical procedure. So, you will not be expected to take time off work, and you can return home/to work after the treatment. Expect some tenderness and swelling of the treatment area. This is normal, and you do not need to worry. This should typically disappear within a few days. 

You can apply a cold compress to the treatment area to ease discomfort from swelling. The treatment area should take no more than one week to heal, and you will start to notice your final results after 4-6 weeks following the second treatment course. Take a look at our list of dos and don’ts during the recovery process below: 

  • DON’T wear makeup for the first 12 hours after treatment 
  • DON’T touch the treated area for the first 4 hours after treatment
  • DO apply a cold compress to the treatment area
  • DON’T drink alcohol for at least 24 hours after your treatment to reduce the risk of bruising

Is Profhilo Safe?

Profhilo is a safe treatment because it is a non-surgical injectable made from non-animal derived hyaluronic acid. This means that the risk will be minimal if the procedure is performed correctly by an experienced practitioner using genuine Profhilo. However, it is important to remember that, like most procedures, some side effects can occur such as allergic reaction, infection or inflammation. 

The safety of the procedure also depends on the practitioner/clinic that you choose. For example, if your treatment is administered by a trained, qualified, and experienced medical practitioner, like our team at City Skin Clinic, you can seek the peace of mind that you are in the right hands. Medical practitioners such as the aesthetic doctors and dentists we have can not only ensure the procedure is performed correctly but also act quickly and appropriately should there be any unexpected adverse events like an allergic reaction.

It is vital that you research the clinic carrying out your treatment beforehand. Avoid those with a bad reputation or that do not have a medical practitioner performing the treatment. To help you find a clinic that you can trust, do your research and attend an initial consultation to have all your questions answered. 

This gives you an opportunity to explore whether the clinic is reputable and employs experienced and qualified professionals. You should also research the ingredients used in profhilo – to ensure you are not allergic to them. If you do suffer from any allergies or medical conditions, a qualified medical practitioner will be able to assess whether this treatment is right for you.

How Long Does Profhilo Last?

Profhilo has long-lasting results for up to six months. If you want to maintain the effects of the procedure, you should aim to get a top-up every six months which involves repeating the 2-3 treatments you had before. Alternatively, you can do a single treatment every 3 months after the initial course to maintain the results. Although a top-up is necessary to maintain the benefits, the fact that this procedure is not permanent is a huge benefit to our clients. If you do not want the results to last forever, they will eventually wear off. If there is a problem, such as an inflammatory nodule then the hyaluronic acid can be dissolved with hyaluronidase enzyme.  It gives our clients at City Skin Clinic peace of mind that they do not have to commit to a permanent change and puts the control in their hands. 

Profhilo will continue to work on your skin for around one month after the treatment. After this, the body will start to fully metabolise it. You can then start to enjoy your rejuvenated skin and youthful glow that have been induced by Profhilo. 

Profhilo Benefits

If you are still unsure whether profhilo is the right treatment for you, take a look at the list of benefits that it offers below: 

  • Quick results
  • No surgery is required 
  • Improves skin quality
  • Combats the signs of ageing
  • Boost hydration of the skin, improving its elasticity and firmness 
  • Results are not permanent, so you do not have to commit to a significant change 
  • It gives your skin a rejuvenated glow, making it appear more youthful

Profhilo Before And After

The results of profhilo truly speak for themselves. Before the treatment, you may suffer from fine lines and sagging skin as a result of ageing. Profhilo targets these problem areas, boosting hydration as well as collagen and elastin production – and adding firmness back to the skin. You will notice that your fine lines will diminish, and your skin will appear tightened, giving you a youthful glow. 

The consensus of online reviews surrounding profhilo is positive. Many patients enjoy the immediate and long-lasting results that the treatment gives. The quick treatment time is also praised as patients do not have to undergo hours of injections. It is often over before you know it, which can ease any nerves before you go into the treatment room.

Profhilo Vs Botox

Like profhilo, Botox is an injectable treatment. They are both popular anti-ageing treatments but differ in how they work. Botox works by blocking specific chemical signals from the nerves. This causes the muscles to relax, which softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Take a look at our Botox guide for more information on what it is used for. 

Profhilo differs as it uses hyaluronic acid. Rather than relaxing the muscles – and reducing facial movements, the treatment acts as a skin booster. It boosts the skin’s collagen and elastin levels, adding hydration. This makes the treatment area look more plump and youthful. 

Both treatments are highly effective anti-ageing injections but have different uses. Botox injections are excellent for eliminating active wrinkles around the eyes, forehead and frown line. Profhilo is usually injected in the middle and lower part of the face as well as the neck. It’s great for improving skin quality by boosting hydration and skin bounciness. As such it’s good for improving crepiness, thin or dry skin and texture. More often than not our clients combine Botox injections on the upper face and Profhilo for a highly effective anti-wrinkle treatment.

Profhilo Side Effects

Like most procedures, profhilo does have some potential side effects, risks, and complications that you should be aware of. Although not everyone will experience these issues, you must be mindful that they can happen. If you experience any of the issues listed below, contact your practitioner as soon as possible. They will be able to guide you in the right direction. 

  • Bruising/swelling of the treatment area 
  • Skin conditions such as rashes and ulcers
  • Poor hygiene can cause infections which will lead to permanent scarring 

Please note – that if a highly qualified practitioner administers your treatment, the risk of something going wrong is very low. If you would like to know more about how profhilo can help you achieve your desired look, don’t hesitate to contact City Skin Clinic today. 


Authored by:

Dr Amel Ibrahim
Aesthetic Doctor & Medical Director
Founder City Skin Clinic
Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Associate Member of British Association of Body Sculpting GMC Registered - 7049611

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