In the game of trying to stay youthful and radiant, more and more people are turning to injectable treatments to reverse signs of ageing - and two popular go-tos are Profhilo and fillers. But, even though there are similarities between the two, fillers and Profhilo are actually very different anti-ageing treatments. So, let’s break them down...
What are fillers?
Even if you’re not entirely sure what fillers are, the name’s pretty self-explanatory. So, to save boring you with a lengthy description, I’ll keep it short.
Essentially, hyaluronic acid (HA), a gel-like substance that’s naturally found in our skin, is injected into different points of the face to minimise wrinkles, modify features like the nose and lips, and contour areas of the face. Note: not all dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, but it’s the most popular choice.
And that’s dermal fillers in a nutshell. You can find out more by heading over to this article all about fillers.
What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is the new injectable on the block which targets dullness and all the things we have to look forward to as we age, like lines and wrinkles, skin laxity and loss of fullness (sigh). And, just like most fillers, hyaluronic acid is also the main player here, being injected into 10 different points of the face (5 on each side).
Hyaluronic acid has unrivalled moisturising properties, with just one gram holding up to 6 litres of water - it’s hard to think of a better way to give your skin a hydration hit. And, over time, the treatment also boosts collagen and elastin - two key components of bouncy, plump skin. So, Profhilo results in skin that’s rejuvenated, restored and rehydrated - yes, yes and yes!
You can get the whole Profhilo low-down in this handy article.
What’s the difference between Profhilo and fillers?
But, even though both fillers and Profhilo involve HA being injected into the face to undo signs of ageing, this is where the similarities stop. Let’s look at some differences between the treatments to help you tell your Profhilo from your fillers.
Profhilo vs. fillers: The type of hyaluronic acid
The type of HA used in dermal filler injections is thicker and more viscous than the runny consistency of Profhilo injections. And the HA that you’ll find in fillers is combined with other ingredients, unlike the highly concentrated and purified HA used for Profhilo. So, whilst hyaluronic acid is the star of the show in both injectables, the HA used for each is actually pretty different.
Profhilo and fillers work in different ways
Once the hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have been administered, the HA pretty much stays in the place it was injected (thank goodness, or else we could end up with questionable results!). But, this is actually the complete opposite to how Profhilo works. Once the Profhilo injections have delivered their 10 shots of hydration, the HA starts to disperse underneath the skin, spreading its moisturising magic across the whole face. Which brings me to my next point...
Profhilo and fillers: Different treatment areas
During a dermal filler treatment, only specific areas of the face are targeted - like the cheeks, deep wrinkles and lips. And whilst you can go back and have multiple filler treatments, only one area is focused on at a time. But, Profhilo isn’t restricted to just one place. What Profhilo actually does is plump, refresh and tighten the whole face.
The Profhilo and fillers benefits are different
Whilst dermal fillers are used for altering the shape of facial features (goodbye, bumpy nose and hello, plump lips), replacing lost volume due to ageing and contouring, Profhilo doesn’t have any role in volumising or restructuring the face. So, what is Profhilo used for? Think of it like this: Profhilo is like taking a really hydrating moisturiser and, instead of slathering it on top of your skin, injecting it into your skin, helping to make it supple and hydrated from the inside. So, it provides your skin with intense moisturisation and rejuvenation - and this is why it’s often referred to as injectable skincare. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?
So, whilst Profhilo and fillers might seem similar at a glance, there’s not much that’s actually the same about them… I know, mind blowing! If you want to learn more about these treatments, check out our dermal fillers and Profhilo treatment guides.
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