Are botox and dermal fillers vegan?

2018 has shown a significant rise in the popularity of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Yet there has also been a significant rise in different lifestyle choices such as veganism.

When people come to SkinViva, it is commonly asked whether treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox are vegan friendly.

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    Is Botox vegan?

    The actual chemical Botulinum toxin (botox) is vegan, yet in the past it has been tested on animals for medical purposes such as Bell’s palsy and cerebral palsy (as Botox aims to relax the muscle).

    Another interesting fact about Botox is that it is prepared using an egg base. Doctors are warned not to administer Botox on anyone who has an egg allergy as it could trigger an allergic reaction.

    However, seeing as egg is an animal product, it would not be appropriate for vegans, yet it would for vegetarians.

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    What about Fillers?

    Collagen is an ingredient that is present in many fillers such as Lip and Cheek for the plumping properties it provides.

    However, in the past fillers have included animal products such as Bovine Collagen. This is made from beef cattle through their cartilage, bones and joints.

    This type of collagen has many benefits on areas such as the skin, hair and muscles.

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    Most fillers are made using hyaluronic acid which is a natural occurring sugar in the human body.

    Read more about Dermal Fillers here.

    However, most fillers have been tested on animals in the past due to being deemed a medical product.

    What about now?

    Pharmaceutical company Allergan plan to eliminate 95% of animal testing in the next 3 years. This is a significant increase considering fillers are a medical product.

    This shows big developments in the industry becoming an ethically and environmentally friendly place.

    What should vegans do?

    It is highly recommended that vegans do their research or ask their clinician before having an injectable treatment done. Even if the actual injection does not contain animal products, the products may have been tested on animals.


    For more information on Botox and Dermal Fillers please call our Customer Experience team on 0161 865 1141

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