It got me in the end. A year of change, permeated with bouts of insomnia, increased alcohol consumption, doom scrolling and approximately 1534353 Deliveroo’s. My skin had the lustre of paper bag. So, when my dear friend and colleague Phoebe floated the idea of Profhilo, a new-gen injectable treatment involving hyaluronic acid that's said to rebuild lost collagen and elastin, I was all ears. If a little sceptical. Is it like Botox? (Something I’m, personally, reticent to try). Hmm. Filler? No. I don’t want to freeze frame my face, nor add volume as such, I just want The Glow. To look more perky and less perpetually haggard. Without people thinking I’ve clearly had any ‘work’ done.
As soon as I enter Dr. David Jack’s Harley Street clinic (decked out with delicious antique furnishing) I bombard him with questions. So, is it like Botox? “It's in the same class, and it is anti-ageing but it causes skin to have a totally different reaction. When Profhilo – which contains a high dose of hyaluronic acid – is injected, our skin is rehydrates from the inside out, and continues to do so for 3 to 6 months post-procedure,” he says. In short, it helps to “remodel” and “boost” the dermis (our thickest layer of skin), which naturally thins as we age. Think of it like an Olaplex treatment for your skin.
And so we begin. He injects me five times on each side of my face. It does sting a bit around the cheekbone and chin area, but it’s all done and dusted in less than a minute. Afterwards, he warns me I might form mosquito bite-like bumps as the solution spreads over the course of the day. For a few hours I appear to resemble a demonic Buffy The Vampire Slayer extra. I don’t hate it.
A slice of the internet suggests the ‘good skin’ effect of Profhilo will take a couple of weeks to fully take hold. Happily, I noticed even the day after the first treatment (you need a second ‘booster’ session, approximately a month later) that my skin looked happier, healthier, more luminous. Like I’d had a good facial, or at least eight hours sleep (still working on this...). A week after, I went to see my sister-in-law and the first words to slip out of her mouth were, “your skin…looks…incredible!” A person who is above receiving compliments I am not: I hadn’t told her about the treatment beforehand. Alas I came clean eventually.
More so, it made me feel better in my own skin. It reminded me of the halcyon 2019-era, before the world broke down and my complexion told a similar story. To look at my face and not immediately be confronted with exhaustion and stress, and not have to rely on a thick canvas of Nars concealer before a Zoom was joyous. It’s not cheap, of course, but if you can afford it and are curious about dipping your toe into the world of tweakments? This is an unscary, more holistic, place to start.
£450 per syringe (used for one ‘area’) each area should be treated twice. For more information and to book a consultation, head to Dr David Jack Clinic.