Botox and Fillers Since most fillers, including lip and dermis fillers, are made from non-animal hyaluronic acid, they are considered vegan. However, like Botox, the law requires that they be tested on animals because they are classified as medical products. Botox, the most popular cosmetic injectable, contains botulinum toxin, which is produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. While this ingredient is vegan, a secondary ingredient in Botox is human albumin, which is a human blood protein.
Although the main ingredient in Botox comes from bacteria, Botox is not vegan. Unfortunately, injectables like Botox aren't 100% vegan. Botulinum toxin, the active ingredient in Botox, was initially developed as a medical treatment and animal tests were used to test its safety and effectiveness. Juvederm products are made of a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid created from bacterial fermentation called non-animal stabilized hyaluronic acid.
The ingredients are completely vegan (not animal-based). While the product itself is vegan, dermal fillers are included in medical products, which are required by law to be tested on animals. Juvederm is manufactured by Allergan, which is pushing to reduce and ultimately eliminate animal testing, and therefore the number of tests performed is minimal, but they still occur widely due to the regulation surrounding drugs. Although side effects such as headache, chills, fever, or bruising and swelling can occur at the injection site, when injected correctly and in small amounts, Botox is considered safe.
Dermal fillers, including lip fillers, are considered “minimally invasive” treatments and are therefore not regulated in the UK, meaning that anyone can inject them.