What is Profhilo?

Profhilo is an injectable anti-ageing treatment made from hyaluronic acid for skin that is losing its elasticity and firmness with age. It can be used on the face, neck and décolletage.

Hyaluronic acid is best known as a ‘filler’ and is usually used to give volume to lips or to contour other areas of the face. Profhilo differs from the usual fillers in a number of ways due to its structure which allows it to flow over an extended area to boost hydration and smooth or ‘remodel’ the skin.

 How does it work?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance produced in our body, it is found in the skin, joints and other connective tissue. Its role is to retain moisture in the body and aid collagen production. It can hold up to a 1000 times its own weight in water which makes it ideal for binding moisture in the skin. With age hyaluronic acid production slows and the skin looks duller and dehydrated, with fine lines and wrinkles forming.

Profhilo contains one of the highest concentrations of stabilised hyaluronic acid on the market. As it is thermally bonded and not chemically bonded it acts as a hydrator not a filler. It is injected just underneath the surface of the skin where it disperses quickly and reacts with your own tissue to instantly boost hydration. Over the next four weeks after injection phase two kick in as it goes to work boosting elastin and collagen production. This effectively remodels the skin and gives it a plumper, smoother and firmer appearance.

Due to its gel like consistency Profhilo distributes smoothly and evenly without the formation of any lumps – a potential risk with traditional fillers. This means it can be used on areas which are difficult to treat with traditional fillers, such as the neck.

 How many treatments are needed?

The full treatment consists of two sessions, four weeks apart. A third treatment may be necessary. Then further session is recommended after approximately six months in order to prolong the effect.

Profhilo can be used on its own or in conjunction with other fillers or Botox as a complementary, rather than a competitive treatment.

 Who is it suitable for?

People over the age of 30 who are uncomfortable with skin laxity, crepe skin or other visible signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.

 What is it like?

Profhilo is injected just under the skin using very fine needles in 10 pre-determined points on the face and neck. It is relatively painless and there is usually no need for topical numbing cream prior to treatment although this is available if needed. The treatment itself is very quick, taking only about 10 minutes.

Is there any downtime?

There is minimal downtime. It is advisable to avoid alcohol, aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication in the 24 hours before treatment. You may be a little red at the injection site and there may be a small bump visible for a short time.

Immediately after treatment you should avoid wearing make-up, no sports, swimming or any other strenuous physical activity for 24 hours. It is also best to avoid saunas and for a few days after the treatment.

 What are the risks & side effects?

There are no long-term side effects. Profhilo is metabolised by the body completely.

No allergy test is required prior to treatment. The risk of allergic reactions is substantially reduced because Profhilo does not contain any synthetic chemicals which some people might react to.

Some people may experience redness, slight bruising, tenderness as well as itching at the injection sites but these were temporary and should resolve within a few hours to a day.


Patients with bleeding disorders or a compromised immune system due to infectious diseases, cancer, HIV or diabetes should consult their doctor before considering Profhilo.

Cosmetic injectable treatments are not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. 

 Is it worth it?

The effects of Profhilo are subtle but almost immediate. You will see a difference straight away after the first treatment with skin looking brighter and smoother. As time goes on these effects are enhanced and can last up to six months, depending on the individual patient.

Profhilo Haenkenium Cream - Compliments your Profhilo Treatment.

The older we get, the more we begin to notice changes to our skin. Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear, sagging occurs, and our former youthful glow begins to dull, leaving behind a tired-looking complexion. Whilst aesthetic treatment can aid in improving tone, texture, and overall skin appearance, our at-home skincare routines should not be neglected.

At NEO Skin Lab, our Aesthetic team can help you discover the best skincare solutions for caring for your concerns on a daily basis, helping you to keep skin healthy and beautiful in between treatments. One such product that we recommend to our Clients is Profhilo Haenkenium Cream, an antioxidant cream that contains a hyaluronic acid complex and extract from the plant Salvia Haenkei.

Profhilo Haenkenium can restore the integrity of the skins hydration. It also slows the degradation of hyaluronic acid caused by free radicals, thus prolonging the benefits to the skin. It is Ideal for the face, neck and décolletage.

To Use: For the best results, its recommended to apply twice daily to the face and neck after cleansing. You can use it alone or under your favourite skin Hydrator or Moisturiser.


Trial consisted of evaluation of 50 patients undergoing topical treatment with Profhilo HAENKENIUM twice a day (morning and evening). All results showed a statistically significant improvement at the first control visit (14 days):

■ 43.2% increase in antioxidant activity

■ 10% reduction in wrinkle depth

■ 3.3% increase in cutaneous elasticity

The protective strength of this formulation as a natural antioxidant also makes it also suitable for use post treatment after aesthetic treatments such as peels, dermal fillers, micro-needling, and other treatments to soothe irritated skin, whilst restoring the normal levels of hydration to the skin.

Please call us with any questions you may have about this fabulous treatment.

We are the only Clinic in Invercargill that offers this fabulous treatment.