Lauded as ‘injectable moisturisers’, a new wave of hyaluronic acid fillers – including Profhilo – have formed a group of advanced aesthetic treatments known as ‘skin boosters’, which are currently soaring in popularity with both women and men. But, unlike typical dermal fillers, they’re employed for hydration over volume, as Dr Wassim Taktouk, an aesthetic doctor specialising in such treatments, tells me.

“Injectable moisture treatments and dermal fillers are both made of hyaluronic acid,” he explains of this water-binding molecule that can hold 10,000 times its weight in water. “It is a natural component of human skin that as we age our bodies produce less and less of,” he adds.

“Hyaluronic acid is made up of long chains, similar to spaghetti, and each draws and holds water. In dermal fillers, the spaghetti is modified slightly and cross linked, as if ‘cooked’, so that it clumps together and stays put where it’s injected to create volume.” With injectable skin-booster treatments, however, “the hyaluronic acid spaghetti is less ‘cooked’, so that it spreads evenly throughout the face to draw water along the way”. This means they hydrate the skin without volumising the face, preventing laxity and lending the complexion a healthy, dewy-looking texture.

Profhilo explained

As I experienced myself, with fellow cosmetic doctor Dr Sophie Shotter, after numbing the skin with a topical cream, Profhilo involves having around eight strategically placed injections administered subcutaneously in the lower part of the face, which can leave small bee sting-like swellings that can last up to 24-hours, with potential bruising (though I did not experience the latter). Reassuringly, there are no other negatives to Profhilo, which is why it appealed to me over over other injectable treatments such as wrinkle-relaxing toxins and traditional fillers.

Two sessions are required, around six weeks apart, and most people see the best results around three-to-four weeks….

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