Take the non-invasive nose job, where a cosmetic doctor injects non-permanent fillers to totally reshape the nose, or an non-surgical face lift, which involves using fillers and Botox to add volume to the cheek bones and lift the brows.
In case you haven’t noticed, the beauty world is rife with injectable ‘tweakments’. In fact, it’s predicted that by 2020, over 1.5 million people in the UK will have had Botox or fillers and it’s already possible to completely forgo the surgical scalpel for procedures that have previously required a hefty dose of anesthetic and months of downtime, instead opting for a swift injectable treatment to the same effect.
I tried a non-surgical nose job and this is what happened
So, it seems that it was only a matter of time before skincare followed suit. Always first in line to get the deepest dose of skin-boosting ingredients, I jumped at the opportunity to trial the newest treatment in the ever-growing list of injectables – Profhilo.
The first of its kind, Profhilo is an stabilised form of the miracle hydrating molecule hyaluronic acid. When injected, it stimulates the skin’s natural synthesis of collagen for plumped and firmed up skin.
“As we age, the skin’s ability to produce collagen decreases,” explains Dr Michael Prager, award-winning and world-renowned cosmetic doctor. “Profhilo is strategically placed at key points to rejuvenate the skin’s own collagen-making abilities.”
Apparently, the revolutionary treatment is especially effective at treating those areas prone to laxity and sagging like the cheeks, neck, chest and décolletage.
“More traditional dermal fillers aren’t suitable for these areas as the delicate skin makes it difficult to inject and to control the distribution, but these areas are also especially prone to ageing.”
But Profhilo isn’t just effective in the treatment of wrinkles and ageing skin – it also helps with radiance and hydration, two problems I frequently encounter.
After a consultation, Dr Prager cleans my skin before injecting the collagen-boosting liquid into five key points on my face, starting with each side just next to the ears, then on to the nasolabial fold (laughter lines around the mouth), chin, under the eyes and on the tops of cheeks.
Now, I’m not going to lie to you – it hurts, not a lot, but it creates an unpleasant stinging sensation which lasts around 20 seconds, so if you’re looking for a relaxing spa treatment, this might not be your vibe. As a firm believer in ‘no pain, no gain’ I grimaced through the pain and was glad when it subsided a few moments later.
I left with no visible trace of having just had multiple injections and with no downtime required – it was straight back to the daily grind. It took a few days before I started to notice any visible improvement, mainly because unlike dermal fillers, the body has to produce the skin-boosting ingredients itself, which understandably takes a while.
The radiance boost was like nothing I have experienced before from any number of creams, scrubs or serums– and it kept on getting better as my skin produced more and more collagen.
Here’s what a 30 day trial of collagen skin shots did to my skin
It’s recommended that you go back for a top-up appointment after one month, and repeat the process twice a year to enjoy an enduring glow – which is exactly what I will be doing.
Considering other injectable treatments? Read our guide to everything you need to know about botox.