Americans are continuing their love affair with minimally invasive procedures that can improve their appearance in an afternoon or over a long lunch. Some of the most popular procedures are facial fillers and injections which rose 312% from 2000-2007. Facial fillers have grown in popularity partly because they can enhance the appearance of the face quickly, with little to no downtime. During this same time period, Americans became more concerned about using natural products on their bodies. The natural beauty industry is gaining in sales and does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. It is a logical progression that consumers are also interested in natural facial fillers.
Natural Products Already Available On The Market
There are some natural facial fillers that have been around for a few years and that are commercially available. These fillers are not necessarily marketed as "natural", but they do come from organic matter and substances already produced by the body, rather than chemical fillers.
Collagen is one of the oldest and most widely used facial fillers. The human body also naturally produces collagen. Commercial collagen is sourced from human, porcine, or bovine tissues. While this makes this filler natural, there may be a slight chance of an allergic reaction. This product, when used as a filler, usually lasts around 2-3 months.
Platelet Rich Plasma
Platelet Rich Plasma therapy (otherwise known as PRP or as a "Vampire Facial") uses the patient's own blood in a procedure that promotes skin rejuvenation and collagen growth. The plasma from the patient's blood is injected under the skin during the procedure.
Hyaluronic acid also naturally occurs in the body. It attracts and holds water, so it is often used as an ingredient in facial moisturizers. When the acid is injected as a facial filler, it attracts water to the area along with the volume that the filler itself provides. The effects are immediate and last from 6-9 months.
Natural Products Being Tested For The Market
Along with the products that are already available, a new filler that is made of silk is going into clinical trials in 2020. The filler is made from silk threads that are suspended in liquid. This new filler is promising for consumers that are interested in natural products. It does need a preservative, it is biodegradable, and also utilizes a sustainable process from start to finish. Completely natural fillers may be the wave of the future.