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When it comes to non-surgical aesthetic treatments, Profhilo and dermal fillers are two popular options that offer distinct benefits. Understanding the differences between these treatments is crucial for anyone considering them for enhancing their facial appearance. In this article, we will explore the fundamental differences between Profhilo and dermal fillers, their unique benefits, how they work, and which one might be more suitable for your needs.

How does Profhilo differ from dermal fillers - Iriston House Dental PracticeAbout Profhilo and Dermal Fillers

Profhilo is an innovative skin treatment that primarily focuses on bio-remodelling and skin hydration. It consists of a high concentration of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring substance in the body responsible for maintaining skin moisture and elasticity. Unlike traditional dermal fillers, Profhilo does not add volume or reshape facial contours. Instead, it works by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, leading to significant improvement in skin texture, firmness, and overall quality.

Dermal fillers are injectable treatments designed to restore volume, enhance facial contours, and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. They are typically composed of hyaluronic acid, although other substances like calcium hydroxylapatite and poly-L-lactic acid are also used. Dermal fillers are versatile and can be used to address various concerns, including lip augmentation, cheek enhancement, and nasolabial fold reduction. They provide immediate results by physically filling in the treated areas, giving a more youthful and plump appearance.

Key Differences

Composition and Mechanism of Action

  • Profhilo: Contains a high concentration of pure hyaluronic acid without any additives. It spreads evenly beneath the skin to hydrate and stimulate collagen and elastin production, improving skin quality from within.
  • Dermal Fillers: Composed of hyaluronic acid or other substances designed to add volume. They work by physically filling in wrinkles or enhancing specific facial features.

Treatment Goals

  • Profhilo: Aims to improve overall skin quality, hydration, and firmness. It is particularly effective for those experiencing signs of skin aging, such as loss of elasticity and dullness.
  • Dermal Fillers: Focus on adding volume and contouring specific areas of the face. They are ideal for addressing deeper lines, enhancing lips, and restoring lost volume in areas like the cheeks and under the eyes.

Application Areas

  • Profhilo: Suitable for the face, neck, décolletage, hands, and other areas where skin quality improvement is desired.
  • Dermal Fillers: Primarily used on the face, including the lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and jawline.



  • Deep Hydration: Profhilo delivers intense hydration to the skin, making it look plumper and more youthful. This deep hydration can help combat dryness and improve the overall texture and luminosity of the skin.
  • Stimulates Collagen and Elastin Production: By stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin, Profhilo helps restore skin firmness and elasticity. This results in a more toned and youthful appearance over time.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Because Profhilo does not add volume, the results are very natural-looking. It enhances the skin’s quality without altering facial contours or expressions.
  • Minimal Downtime: Profhilo treatments involve minimal downtime. Most patients can return to their daily activities immediately after the procedure, making it a convenient option for those with busy schedules.

Dermal Fillers

  • Immediate Results: One of the most significant advantages of dermal fillers is that they provide immediate results. Patients can see a noticeable difference right after the treatment.
  • Versatility: Dermal fillers are highly versatile and can be used to address a wide range of cosmetic concerns, from smoothing out wrinkles to enhancing lips and contouring the face.
  • Long-Lasting Effects: Depending on the type of filler used, the results can last from six months to over a year. Some fillers even stimulate collagen production, offering extended benefits.
  • Customisable: Dermal fillers allow for precise customisation, enabling practitioners to tailor the treatment to the patient’s specific needs and desired outcomes.

How It Works


Profhilo is injected into specific points in the treatment area using a technique called the Bio Aesthetic Points (BAP) method. This method ensures even distribution of the product and optimal results. Once injected, Profhilo spreads beneath the skin and starts to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. Over the following weeks, patients will notice gradual improvements in skin texture, hydration, and firmness.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injected into targeted areas to add volume, smooth out wrinkles, or enhance facial features. The procedure involves using fine needles or cannulas to deliver the filler precisely where it is needed. The results are immediate, with the treated areas appearing fuller and more youthful. Some fillers also promote collagen production, providing longer-term benefits beyond the initial volume restoration.

Ideal Candidates


  • Individuals experiencing early signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and loss of elasticity.
  • Those seeking overall improvement in skin quality, hydration, and firmness.
  • Patients looking for a natural-looking enhancement without added volume.

Dermal Fillers

  • Individuals with deeper wrinkles or significant volume loss in specific areas of the face.
  • Those seeking to enhance facial features, such as lips or cheeks.
  • Patients wanting immediate and noticeable results.

Combining Profhilo and Dermal Fillers

In many cases, Profhilo and dermal fillers can be used together to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation. For example, a patient might use Profhilo to improve overall skin quality and hydration while using dermal fillers to address specific concerns like deep wrinkles or volume loss. Combining these treatments can provide a balanced and harmonious result, enhancing both skin texture and facial contours.

Safety and Side Effects


Profhilo is considered very safe, with minimal risk of adverse reactions. Common side effects are mild and may include temporary redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection sites. These typically resolve within a few days.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are also safe when administered by a qualified practitioner. Potential side effects include redness, swelling, bruising, and, in rare cases, allergic reactions or infection. Choosing an experienced practitioner significantly reduces these risks.

Aftercare and Maintenance


After Profhilo treatment, patients should avoid excessive sun exposure, extreme temperatures, and strenuous exercise for 24 hours. It is also advisable to avoid touching or massaging the treated area to allow the product to settle evenly. Follow-up treatments are usually recommended every six months to maintain the results.

Dermal Fillers

Post-treatment care for dermal fillers includes avoiding intense physical activity, alcohol consumption, and excessive sun or heat exposure for 24-48 hours. Patients should also avoid massaging the treated areas to prevent displacement of the filler. The longevity of the results varies, and maintenance sessions are typically needed every 6-18 months.

Cost Considerations

The cost of Profhilo and dermal fillers can vary depending on the practitioner, geographic location, and the amount of product used. Generally, dermal fillers may be more expensive due to the greater volume of product required for contouring and volumising. However, both treatments are considered cost-effective for their ability to rejuvenate the skin and enhance facial aesthetics without surgery.

Choosing the Right Practitioner

Selecting a qualified and experienced practitioner is crucial for achieving the best results with both Profhilo and dermal fillers. Look for practitioners who have specialised training in aesthetic treatments and a good track record of patient satisfaction. Personal recommendations, online reviews, and consultations can help you make an informed decision.

Why Choose Iriston House Dental Practice for Profhilo Treatments?

Lori-White - Dentist at Iriston House Dental PracticeChoosing Iriston House Dental Practice for Profhilo treatments ensures you receive premium care from highly skilled and experienced professionals. Our team is dedicated to providing personalised treatments tailored to your unique skin needs, using the latest techniques and high-quality products.

Profhilo treatments at Iriston House Dental Practice will be performed by our Advanced FA Practitioner, Dr Lori White, and our facial aesthetic team. Lori graduated from Dundee University in 2017. She has a keen interest in restorative dentistry and facial aesthetics, including dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle treatments that she now carries out in the practice. She enjoys getting to know her patients and her bubbly personality is particularly good with anxious patients, quickly putting patients at ease.

Our team will prioritise patient comfort and safety, ensuring a smooth and pleasant experience. With a commitment to excellence, our clinic offers a serene and welcoming environment where you can achieve rejuvenated, youthful skin. Trust Iriston House Dental Practice to deliver exceptional results with our Profhilo treatments, enhancing your natural beauty effectively and safely.

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