What Does Botox Packaging Look Like?

How can I avoid fake Botox?  What does the packaging look like?

Doctor Answers 11

Real Botox

Botox comes with a white label and purple top. There is a hologram on the label and it should also say that it is manufactured in Irvine, CA by Allergan.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Botox bottle

There is a hologram on the white label and a purple top for the 100 unit bottle and an orangey top for the 200 unit bottle.  You may not recognize a fake, so it is best to have treatments with a reputable, experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Botox Packaging

Botox comes with white label with the Allergan's Botox logo and a purple top. When you examine the bottle closely there is a hologram across the label.

Because you probably don't handle the bottles all that regularly, and it would be pretty difficult to spot a fake, your best bet is to go to a reputable dermatologist. I doubt an established physician would risk his/her practice by using a fake product. In the New York area, I see Botox ads with prices that are too good to be true. Chances are, they are underselling everyone else b/c they are not using real product, purchasing product from who-knows-where, or injecting you with smaller amounts of medication than they claim. To get the real thing, pick the right doctor.

Richie L. Lin, MD
Summit Dermatologic Surgeon

Botox packaging

The company has put a 3D logo (HOLOGRAM)  on the bottle to differentiate from the fake botox , mostly chinese.

Most important is to ask the Doctor where they get their Botox, look at the bottle, and go to a reputable plastic surgeon

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Getting the real thing with Botox: a matter of trust

Botox is made and distributed in the U.S. by Allergan, and its counterpart Dysport is distributed by Medicis. There have been some cases of phony Botox used with serious consequences, and some doctors have been jailed as a result. It is reasonable to ask to see the vial, but ultimately it comes down to a matter of trust.

It is hard to imagine that a doctor or clinic with a good reputation would put anyone at risk these days by trying to use unapproved Botox, especially since the authorities have made such a strong point of emphasis on prosecuting the rare cases where it has occurred. I would emphasize the advice already posted by the others here that you should watch out for deeply discounted offers and Botox parties outside of a clinic setting.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

How to avoid fake Botox

The advice the practitioners gave above is prudent if there is no way for you to find a trusted practitioner for your injections. While it is true that a hologram and lot number exists on each vial of Botox, we have never been asked by a patient for it. If you are in a situation where you have to ask the practitioner to see the actual hologram and lot number, you may want to re-evaluate why you are there.

Ask a friend for a referral or do some of your own research to find a credible practitioner. And if you are only shopping on a price basis, expect that you may run into the kinds of situations you are trying to avoid.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

How to avoid fake Botox

Whenever you hear "Botox does not work on me" alarm bells should go off.

Unless you go to  reliable source, your "Botox" can be fake, old and outdated, overdiluted and it can be injected poorly.

Good Luck.


Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Real Botox

Make sure there is a hologram on the label and check the expiration date. The only distributor for Botox is Allergan. Also, make sure your doctor has experience.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Real Botox Packaging and Labelling

Allergan is the only legitimate US distributor of Botox. Ask to see the hologram on the label, and check the expiration date! Beware of sales, parties, and prices too cheap to be true...it is offshore, fake, and dangerous! The reputation of your doctor is vital.

Michael Coverman, MD
Austin Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Botox - make sure you're getting the real thing

As a consumer, if it sounds too good to be true, it may not be real. Allergan's Botox bottle has a hologram on it.

You must ask questions and perform research to make sure you are getting proper care: Is the doctor listed on the Botox website? Is the doctor performing the injection him/ herself? Ask to see the package being open. Is the doctor performing the procedure in the back room or under proper conditions (is he cleansing your skin, wearing gloves, the spa area clean)?

If not, these may be red flags that you are not in a caring environment. What are the doctor's credentials; board certified in which field of medicine? Does this doctor charge so much less than anyone else? If so, how can he/she do it? Why would he want to lose money?

This is just the start of questions that should run through your mind when making the decsion on who is going to work on your face.

Mark Berkowitz, MD
Sterling Heights Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 61 reviews

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