How is Profhilo and dermal filler different?

Profhilo is a treatment that has quickly soared to popularity, because the world of aesthetics is constantly evolving and changing. There are some similarities between the two treatments, but they achieve very different results…

What is Profhilo?

Profhilo is an injectable treatment that is made of 100% stabilised hyaluronic acid, the same hyaluronic acid that is found in your skin and connective tissues. When it is injected beneath the skin, it forms a hydrating layer to increase moisture levels, collagen production, and improve skin laxity. It forms a water-binding layer beneath the skin to provide all-over facial rejuvenation that simply improves the skin’s quality and appearance. This is why it has been affectionately referred to as an injectable moisturiser.

Is this different to dermal fillers?

It’s true that both of these injectable treatments use hyaluronic acid to inject beneath the skin, but this is near enough where the similarities end. Dermal filler is only part hyaluronic acid, whereas Profhilo is made entirely from the substance. This is because dermal fillers were formulated to augment facial features, adding structure and volume rather than skin improvement and hydration. Dermal fillers improve the appearance of certain target areas of the face, like cheeks and lips, whereas Profhilo treat whole areas of skin to improve its quality and appearance. Profhilo improves skin laxity when it spreads beneath the skin, softening fine lines and facial folds while also introducing a little added moisturised plumpness. Dermal filler typically doesn’t spread within the skin, instead staying in the place it was injected to change its physical appearance and structure.

Which should I choose?

Profhilo is a good choice for those experiencing tired, ageing, or dull skin. If you are noticing your skin is showing fine lines in its soft tissue but wish to avoid changing its structure, then a course of treatments with Profhilo will help to gradually improve this area. If you’re seeking more of an improved facial feature rather than skin quality, i.e. a more prominent cheek over improving the laxity of your cheek’s skin, then dermal fillers would be more suitable for this. Of course, we can help inform your decision at your initial consultation by assessing your areas of concern and providing our expert opinion on what would achieve your desired results best.

Profhilo vs. topical moisturisers

Profhilo has been affectionately coined the injectable moisturiser, so does this mean it is better than topical moisturiser creams? Well, technically, yes. Moisturisers and products that claim to contain hyaluronic acid and collagen might provide some form of feel good factor to your skin, but they often can’t penetrate to where they will make their difference. Collagen, for example, is important for skin’s bounce and volume, but its molecules are far too big to be absorbed by the top layer of skin. Therefore, they don’t reach to required level to truly improve the appearance of ageing. Hyaluronic acid’s molecular weight is often neglected by skincare companies too, meaning it cannot reach the depths necessary to enact true change. Profhilo is injected into the skin, so it hydrates the deeper layers to improve laxity from the inside with visible results on the outside.

If you’re considering Profhilo (or dermal fillers) in Southampton, then make sure you visit a trained medical professional. Leanne Hawkins of Face And Skin Clinic is an Independent Nurse Prescriber and therefore qualified to perform injectable aesthetics and skincare treatments. Book your initial consultation today on 01329 832269 to find out which treatment would be best for you!