Are Dermal Fillers Vegan?

We were recently asked by a client whether dermal fillers are vegan. 

The short answer is yes (at least for the brand of fillers used at SkinViva) – but with growing numbers of Brits turning to a plant-based diet and lifestyle, we thought we’d share a bit more detail on how dermal fillers fit in.

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    Veganism in the UK

    In Great Britain, 1.2% of the population (600,000) reported being vegan in 2018. This is a small proportion, but 300% up compared to 2014, showing rapid growth.

    In 2019, anecdotal evidence indicates that many more adopted vegan principles. Some for a short time either for health benefits or sponsorship (e.g. ‘Veganuary‘) and others for a full time commitment.

    Vegans and vegetarians look set to make up a quarter of the British population in 2025.

    Total veganism is not just about dietary changes – not eating meat, fish or dairy products. The Vegan Society says:

    “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

    So that means giving up animal products in every walk of life – so choosing shoes that are not made of leather and skin treatments too.

    Are Dermal Fillers Suitable for Vegans?

    There are many types of dermal fillers available on the market and surprisingly no restrictions on importing product from overseas. These injectables are certainly not all the same, so do check what product your provider is using.

    At Skinviva, we use products from the Juvederm range, made by Allergan, which are highly reputable.

    Juvederm products are made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid created from bacterial fermentation called Non-Animal Stabilised Hyaluronic Acid. The ingredients are completely vegan (non-animal based).

    It is important to note that Juvederm and all fillers will still have been tested on animals, as is required due to the laws and regulations surrounding such medicines. The manufacturer, Allergan, seeks to minimise animal testing and has been pushing to reduce and eventually get rid of it in the future. It is down to individual choice to decide whether dermal fillers are right for you.

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    SkinViva Manchester

    SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

    Their team offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester.

    A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is arranged with an experienced aesthetic clinician. The same individual would carry out treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.

    For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation with an aesthetic clinician, please call 0161 865 1141, email

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